You’ve got a brilliant idea for your next creation, but you’re stuck coming up with a name for your artwork. In fact, you’ve got a batch of artwork with no names and a serious case of writer’s block to boot.
An artwork name generator might be the answer to all your problems.
Jasper’s art title generator uses AI to help you come up with handfuls of random artwork names at the click of a button. Keep reading to learn more about creating unique names for your artistic creations and how to use Jasper to save you time (and headaches).
What makes a good artwork title
Just like book titles hint at the theme of the story inside, a good art title hints at the theme of its art. Other features of a compelling artwork title include:
- It hints at your inspiration.
- It’s memorable.
- It’s original.
- It tells a story.
- It’s not cheesy.
- It lets the viewer add their own interpretation.
You can do this in several ways, such as drawing on emotion, color, or the subject your painting refers to.
To start, try identifying the emotion or feeling you want to convey with your art and its title, then come up with a list of words or phrases that evoke that feeling for you.
Don’t be afraid to use a name that leaves room for interpretation—that can add to the emotions you want the viewer to feel when they see your art.
Some examples of famous artworks with titles that evoke emotion include:
- “Inconsolable Grief” by Ivan Kramskoi
- “The Scream” by Edvard Munch
- “Emerge in Light” by Gerald Obregon
Does your artwork incorporate shades of a single color or focus on a specific palette? You could use those hues in your title.
Colors also help convey emotion, so don’t be afraid to mention one in your title even if it’s not part of your main color scheme. Another creative angle you can take while using color in your title is to search for a specific shade of a common color. For example:
- Blue → cerulean
- Green → sage
- Pink → rose
Some famous artworks that draw color into the title include:
- “The Golden Wall” by Hans Hofmann
- “Black Iris” by Georgia O’Keeffe
- “Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Referring to a subject in your artwork can add to the story the piece conveys. It can give the subject of your piece a name to clarify the meaning behind your art—or the name may add to the mystery.
For example, “Christina’s World” gives the girl in Andrew Wyeth’s painting a name, but the mystery remains. Who is Christina, and why is this field and the house on the hill considered her world?
- “The Weeping Woman” by Pablo Picasso
- “Revenge of the Goldfish” by Sandy Skoglund
- “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” by Caravaggio
Sometimes your artwork’s title is the perfect place to give a nod to the inspiration behind your piece. Perhaps you’ve been inspired by an event, or maybe another artist’s work got your creative gears going. Whatever the case, you can add homage to this source in your title.
Some examples of art titles that include inspiration include:
- “The Domain of Arnheim” by Rene Magritte (inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Domain of Arnheim”)
- “Listening to Music by Schumann” by Fernand Khnopff
- “Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening” by Salvador DalÍ
Reasons to not name your artwork “Untitled”
But what if you’re still stuck trying to come up with an artwork name? Should you stick with “Untitled” and let the viewers decide what they want to call your piece?
Probably not. It’s better to give your art a name other than “Untitled” to convey the value of the piece and help it become memorable. Especially if you’re running an art business and hope to sell your artwork.
Another point against using “Untitled” as an art title is the fact that viewers will have a harder time finding your work through search. A unique name for your artwork gives it a much better chance of appearing as a top result on page one.
At the end of the day, just remember there is no right name for your artwork. What you name your piece of art is up to you and only you. After all, you’re the artist.
How to create great names for your artwork with Jasper
Sometimes you need a jumping off point to come up with the perfect name for your art. Especially if you’re posting dozens of paintings and sketches on your art blog, brainstorming names can quickly become a chore.
Thankfully, AI can help. Jasper uses algorithms to help you brainstorm names for your artwork. Using its Business or Product Name template as an art title generator, you can quickly and easily come up with dozens of name ideas.
We used Jasper to brainstorm title ideas for a fictitious painting depicting a Milky Way bar on a field of stars with several hands reaching toward it. It was as simple as giving Jasper this description plus the keywords we wanted it to include in the title (“Milky Way”). We pressed Generate and got several art title ideas with potential:
- “Milky Way’s Grasp”
- “Milky Way Horizons”
- “Milky Way Dreamscape”
P.S. Use Jasper’s “A Thousand Words is Worth a Picture” template to come up with art prompts when you have no idea what to paint next. It even adds artistic style notes to give you direction for color and emotion.
7 Tips for creating unique artwork names
If you run an art business or blog, chances are you already have plenty of practice brainstorming unique names. But if you feel like your art titles are missing a little something, here are some tips to get you started:
- Start thinking about your artwork’s title while you’re creating it.
- Tell a story of how your art came to be.
- Ask friends and family for suggestions.
- Using simple and descriptive words is best.
- Don’t state the obvious if you can, but sometimes it’s necessary.
- Avoid clichés.
- Keep things short and sweet if possible.
While you're at it, try out Jasper's AI art generator, Jasper Art. Jasper Art allows you generate completely unique AI-generated images. All you need to do is give Jasper a little creative direction and watch him go.
Jasper Art and other tools are powerful teammates when it comes to running your art blog or business. While AI may seem like a threat to human-created artwork, it can also be a helpful companion when it comes to getting your creativity riled up and ready to compose your next piece.