Midjourney, along with other AI art tools, has dramatically changed the way to produce art. It gives us an incredible ability to turn what is in our minds to the screen within seconds as long as we can convey it by Midjourney prompt. In this blog, we’ll go through a few Midjourney prompts allowing us to create distinctive styles.

What is Midjourney Prompt?

A Midjourney prompt is the description you send to the Midjourney bot to instruct it to produce an image. Generally speaking, you want your prompt short but clearly describe the image. We will focus on image style today, for a general guideline about the prompt, please refer to the official prompt document and Walk-Through Prompt Trouble shooting.

Midjourney Styles

There are numerous styles you can produce using Midjourney. We’ll present some commonly used styles here.

Default Style

Use a prompt without any style indication. For simplicity and easy comparison, we’ll use ‘a cute horse’ as the main prompt throughout this tutorial.


 a cute horse, cartoon --v 5

–v 5 means we use Midjourney version 5. Type it in the prompt area along with the text description.

cartoon style
Cartoon Style


You may use Midjourney main module to draw anime directly.

 a cute horse, Anime --v 5

An alternative is to use Nij, which means Rainbow in Japanese. It is a specially trained anime-themed Midjourney model through collaboration between Spellbrush and Midjourney.

Niji is a separate Midjourney model. As a result, when you specify niji in the prompt, you won’t be able to specify v5 anymore. Niji offers two styles, cute and expressive. The cute style is quite cute. Let’s take a look at it first.

 a cute horse --niji 5 --style cute

The expressive one is slightly more 3D and westernized.

 a cute horse --niji 5 --style expressive

Traditional Chinese Style

You may use Chinese ink to draw the image.

 a cute horse, Chinese ink --v 5

You can add ‘on paper’ to make it more like drawing on a piece of paper.

 a cute horse, Chinese ink on paper --v 5

Simply using an artist’s name will get you a similar style. We typed Xu Beihong, who was a highly influential artist, renowned for his exceptional skill in blending Chinese and Western painting techniques. His masterful creations, especially his iconic horse paintings, left an indelible mark on the world of art and continue to inspire generations of artists.

 a cute horse, Xu Beihong --v 5

Well, the result is not quite his style, and if you google you’ll see the difference. But they are still nice ones.

Well, the result is not quite his style, and if you google you’ll see the difference. But they are still nice ones.


 a cute horse in a panel of a graphic novel --v 5
 a cute horse in a panel of a black and white graphic novel --v 5

Add ‘black and white’ in front of the graphic novel if you prefer it’s not colored.

Oil paint

 an oilpaint style cute horse --v 5


 watercolor style a cute horse --v 5

Pencil Sketch

 a cute horse, pencil sketch --v 5

Synthwave / Retrowave

Synthwave or retrowave gives a blue and purplish effect.

 a cute horse, synthwave --v 5
 a cute horse, retrowave --v 5


 a duotune portrait of a cute horse, blue and yellow --v 5


 a cute horse, 1990s point and click 16bit adventure game --v 5

32bit Isometric

 a cute horse, 32bit isometric --v 5

Phantasmal Iridescent

 a cute horse, phantasmal iridescent --v 5

Diagrammatic Drawing

 a cute horse, diagrammatic drawing --v 5

Stained Glass Windows

 a cute horse, stained glass windows --v 5

Charley Harper

 a cute horse, Charley Harper --v 5


Now, you must realize that the available styles are endless as long as you properly describe them in the Midjourney prompt and the training set has them. This very advantage is also where the controversy about Midjourney, as it uses hundreds of millions of art pieces without authors’ consent reported by Forbes. The vast amount of data ensures endless styles, but copyright concerns arise.

The community will eventually reach a consensus or solution. In the meantime, we need to learn AI tools to keep up with the greatest revolution since the introduction of computers. You may access more Midjourney articles on our blog, and welcome to leave a comment below.

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