Nestlé and Ogilvy Used AI to Expand Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’

DALL-E 2’s “Outpainting” debuted with an enhanced version of another Vermeer treasure, “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” which served as an inspiration for Ogilvy ECD David Raichman and CD Julien Bredontiot. The pair crafted the Vermeer reboot by inputting more than 1,000 text prompts about the precise placement and physical aspect of figures and objects.

“The challenge was to choose among four propositions made by the AI, to pick the best solution to continue the puzzle,” Raichman recalls.

The results are impressive and intellectually intriguing, but would such stuff speak to consumers on behalf of a yogurt brand?

“Nowadays, Vermeer’s ‘Milkmaid’ is under the spotlight with scientific discoveries,” Bredontiot says. “They’ve found objects on the wall thanks to X-rays. In this trend was an opportunity to leverage science and to tell our own story to put Nestlé at the core of today’s conversations.”

The CDs believe image generators will play a heightened role in marketing for years to come. Of course, this trend is already well established. Brands such as Heinz have tested the boundaries of AI advertising, and an enterprising artist harnessed the technology to explore some deeper ramifications of our burgeoning human/tech interface.

“AI generated imagery is a revolution, and all the creative industry should embrace it,” Raichman says. “It will probably have us rethinking lots of jobs, but in a good way. Illustrators will be able to sketch roughs more quickly. Photographers or art directors will create mood boards more easily. We see AI as an amplifier of creativity. It democratizes the process. We just need to keep in mind that it should be used in a meaningful way and ensure that there are still creative people directing the AI, and not the other way around.


La Laitière
Marketing Director: Christophe de Poncins
Brand Manager: Julie Lerebours

Ogilvy Paris
Presidents: Matthieu Elkaim, Emmanuel Ferry
Creative Directors: David Raichman, Julien Bredontiot
Artistic Directors: Patricia Dupuy, Frederic Siebert
Assistant Artistic Director: DALL-E 2
Motion Designer: Baptiste Joubert
Head of Sound: Johanne Kenniche
Business Partner: Hubert d’Arrouzat
Account Manager: Manon Roux


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