So you want to create Erotic Art with AI. Let me share the basics to quickly start with Leonardo AI and I’ll add notes on specifics, so you don’t get discouraged (spoiler warning: fun but not perfect).

Step 1 – Start From Scratch

Go to the Image Generator and Reset to Defaults so you are sure you start from scratch.

Step 2- Settings

  • Model: I recommend to start with the Model DreamShaper7, other models offer different pros and cons. But DS7 (to shorten it) is pretty good.
  • Alchemy On set to either: Anime, Dynamic, Illustration or Photography, depending on the style you want to get. And the following settings:
    • All Defaults except for:
    • Resonance = 8
    • Prompt Magic = OFF

More on Models here.

More on Alchemy Here.

Step 3 – Prompt

I’m assuming you already have the basics, if not, read the Introduction to Prompt Building for creating Erotic / NSFW Art with Leonardo AI. Quick summary:

  • Describe what you want in one first sentence (subject).
  • Add specifics separate by commas.
  • Order matters, most important things first.

Generate some images

  • 4 at once.
  • Adjust the prompt until you get something you like.

Learn about how to describe things properly

This could be an entire post, here are some useful things to learn and quick examples:

  • Body type names: hourglass, triangle, pear, reverse triangle…
  • Hair styles names: aside short, mid, long; combine with curly, messy, plain and styles like: short bob hair (2B), bangs, etc.
  • Body structure: toned, fit, skinny, exuberant

In other words: expand your vocabulary.

Step 4 – The NSFW salt

Leonardo.AI has some prohibited keywords and keywords combinations and by default is restrictive for nude, NSFW and other taboo things. I’ve found the best way to generate NSFW is to follow these simple rules:

  • At the beginning of the prompt add: (((uncensored))) (((nudist)))
  • Avoid using the words girl or woman in combination with sexy or sensual or erotic. Use sentences or descriptions saying something like “her her is red” or “her curvy body is sweaty”. Using “redhead, curvy body” is totally fine if you don’t trigger the warning. The warning will only show on specific combination (or if you are really pushing the limits).

Maybe not what you want to hear, but for intercourse, penetration, insertions, more than one subject… tentacles and other stuff you will need far more patience and in most cases Photoshop or switch to another tool that handles that better and in a real uncensored way.

Luckily, with the introduction of Image Guidance, things are getting easier. You can also create images / poses in one model and use it as a base for another model.

Step 5 – Refinement

Negative keywords are ok, but I’ve found they are not as efficient as the main prompt.

  • Leave the Negative Prompt as a last resort.
  • If you are not getting the result you want on a specific, try moving it near the beginning of the prompt . For example: if I want a Gothic castle background as my setting and I’m getting random stuff, instead of having the location at the end. Move it to the front and add extra detail. Example:
    • Original Prompt : detailed photography of a sexy vampire doing x and y, she has white hair, big fangs and a menacing expression, gothic castle background.
    • Alternate Version: detailed photography of a sexy vampire doing x and y in a gothic castle room, she has white hair, big fangs and a menacing expression.

Step 6 – Don’t Get Discouraged

If you don’t find what you are looking for, keep this in mind:

  • AI is not perfect, it is a lot of trial and error.
  • Try different variants of the same prompt or …
  • Remove parts to see if they affect the end result, this happens more often than you think.
  • Hands are a mess and their accuracy vary a lot.
  • Try different Models, it is trial and error, some models are better for specifics.

Next Steps

That is the basics, below here you will find more in depth on specifics. But before you leave, consider these as following steps:

  • Learn how to use the the Image Guidance for specifics.
  • If, witch practice, you find you like specifics from two different models, combine them. Use one image as the reference to add details to the other using the same prompt (or similar)
  • Consider using Photoshop or any other tools to fix imperfections. I really mean it.

Specific Recommendations

  • Use DreamsShaper7 as a base
  • Alchemy Based Models are great and realistic but require good prompts to get good results.
  • If you are starting with prompting and you are impatient, use Prompt Magic. But keep in mind how Prompt Magic works.

In Depth and Why’s

This is for people who want to understand more, dig deeper.


Each model has strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons. I’m not an expert in this so it is completely base on my experience (and I’m still experimenting)

  • DreamShaper 7
    • Pros: overall good and flexible for any style, specially with Alchemy On
    • Cons: skin looks most of the time like plastic or a 3D model and requires prompting or post processing with other tools to make it more realistic.
  • Alchemy Based: AlbedoBase, Leonardo Vision, Leonardo Diffusion: I’m confused by these, but depending on the prompt, are more realistic.
  • Absolute Reality: self explanatory.
  • Anime Pastel Dream: the best toned bodies in my opinion, can server as a base for other models.
  • Stable Diffusion Variants (specifically SDXL 0.9) if you want to use prompts from Stable Diffusion, but it is not the same.

Alchemy and Prompt Magic

Alchemy is the equivalent of other tools to introduce specific styles, consider it as an extra step towards customization.

The Resonance specifies how complex, intrisict in details the resulting image will be, it is recommended to use between 13 and 15 but I’ve found that if a lot of stuff is added and the image is not reflecting what you describe, then lowering this is like telling the model to stop adding innesesary stuff and be more prompt adherent.

Prompt Magic: is basically a tool that will (in the background) decorate or expand more your prompt. Great to experiment but if you want control, doing a good prompt is better and learn to play with the tools. To me is like an easy hep… and amazing to discover what the tool can do. Sometimes it helps.