It is time to face the wild god's dragon, and that dragon is A.I art.
Dear reader, if you are feeling a huge emotional revolt against the surge of A.I art and what it means for creatives (and how damn good some of it is), you are not alone. And as with all things I set my jaw against, I know that I absolutely must go there. So I got to wondering, is there an upside to this thing?
Like any new technology, it was wildly frustrating in the beginning. But then (but then) little glimmers of oh and ah and hmmmmmmm. And two months later (the amount of time it has taken me to be mildly proficient) it has become a cyber version of the wild god - inspiring, pushing, challenging, stuck-in-my-thoughts-all-the-time and making me leap off cliffs.
It is an unapologetic critique group. I load my own paintings and photographs and sketches and scribbles and demand its feedback - what would the bot do? I give it a composition and it demands I look at it with fresh eyes - as if I had centuries of art experience and exposure.
Here is the story of one painting.
I was inspired by a fashion photo of a woman who seemed part cyborg, part future samurai (below) and images of samurai with arrows as I browsed the google machine. And also my own whimsy. So I combined the concepts in a painting (second image, below) and it just fell flat for me. Something was missing.
Using Midjourney, I put my own painting in the prompt and asked it for a whimsical female samurai with arrows based on the image I provided, and then specified it to be in my own style (since I have images on the internet, I presume the bot pulls from my catalogue just as it does for other, more famous, artists). The bot spit out an image that was a big improvement - deeper colors, better composition and more abstracted versions of "arrows". Whoa! It was like having my own group of savvy critics point and advise and critique.
I am standing in my studio at the intersection of art robots and inner dragons. And somehow, it seems the wild god knows exactly what it is doing when it coughs up foxes. Oh and OH!
What are your thoughts about using A.I. as an art tool? Or about A.I. art in general? Leave a comment below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wonder Mike and Lilly think someone needs a little original art in their hands, and will choose one commenter at random to receive something sweet. xo
2/13/2023 04:02:52 pm
omg, lola! LOL … I can barely follow the conversation here. I know all the individual words but really? this is so outside my experience! however, if anyone could tread to great effect into the malarkey of AI art, 'would be you : )
2/14/2023 02:47:22 pm
Dotty, a cough drop would be lovely! ha ha! And holy tech-madness, lady, A.I. art is a huge leap. But I think it will shove me in a good direction...xo
Brava! I say jump in with both feet. I think AI art is exciting, it is all in how we see it. "Perception is reality" as the physicist said. One of my subscribers was a kick-ass analog, hand-cut-only collage artist. Until ...she started playing around with Procreate. I love the results, I can still totally tell it is a Shawn Marie Hardy collage, even though the images are computer generated. She still has to input the right prompts to get the look she wants in each part of the collage, and then she still has to use her non-robot mind to place those generated items in her own inimitable way. Check out this collage Lola and see what I mean. It's called Surveying the Mystery of the Butterfly Moon.https://shawnmariehardy.com/home.html
2/14/2023 02:48:39 pm
Thea! What a FABULOUS story! Thank you for sharing Hardy's art and journey. And yes, perhaps A.I. is today's camera obscure?????
2/15/2023 02:19:37 pm
Well, this is a new topic for me! Do I live under a rock or what??? Can’t wait to figure out what all this means. But, in the meantime, glad to have found your blog! 💖♥️🌸🌈
2/17/2023 02:25:44 pm
Gail!!!! Woooohoooo! Welcome to the blog! And to the infinite potentiality (and boundary-pushing) of the A.I. art bot.
2/16/2023 07:37:28 pm
AI kind of creeps me out but mostly out of fear for where it could go (aside from art). It takes skill to make art with this. No different than any other medium.
2/17/2023 02:26:56 pm
Diana! A.I. art has so many unfortunate potentialities. It is frightening indeed! In the meantime, let's use it as a tool or medium, as you suggested!
2/17/2023 12:51:18 pm
I don’t mind AI. It’s just another choice to whomever wants to explore into that medium. I say go for it if you’re into that! It really doesn’t bother me. Great artwork!
2/17/2023 02:27:54 pm
Laurie!!! Thanks for weighing in. I love the thought of it as another medium and another choice. yay!
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