AI art on the rise…

I’m not sure where this post or argument is going but here goes anyway… Over the last couple of weeks the subject of AI generated artwork has been passing my eyeline repeatedly online. A couple of good friends and collectors have even passed on images made with free web-based software using my name as a text prompt. Coincidentally I also received an unsolicited email offer to buy a graphic novel where “All artwork was produced in collaboration with Artificial Intelligence…”
Tellingly the author describes himself thus “Sometimes, I start stuff. Less rarely, I finish stuff I started.” Really? Hmm…
And that’s what part of this problem boils down to isn’t it. The drag of having to deal with the actual effort involved to create.
Like a million other people I too have had an idea for a novel mentally gestating for years. It’s sat there in my head, getting worked on in my imagination… but the actual writing of it hasn’t been done. Why? Because it involves work and discipline and… effort, and I’m otherwise occupied.
I have also seen lately a lot of posts from artists (generally from the graphics and comics end of the trade) getting extremely concerned that their jobs could be being consigned to the dustbin as content sellers begin to choose AI as their more cost effective content producer. I see and support their arguments in combatting AI generated art (particularly that which is designed to replicate the style of a particular artist) but I also understand the arguments that they are facing.
I fear that it’s a fight that will not be won by the artists, particularly when you consider the financial might and monopolistic aspirations of the dwindling numbers controlling the publishing, media and entertainment industries.
From my perspective, at the moment, all I can think to do is type in some word prompts (including my name of course) into these AI art generators and look at the outcomes. Being honest, i can see why they have produced what they have produced. I can also see that I would not have let work that looked like that out of the studio with my name on it. So my current plan of attack is to steal their productions, that they have based on my stolen aesthetic, and to correct them.
Here are the first…
As an asides, currently AI generated artwork does not feel or smell anything like the real thing. These real world works contain oil paint, acrylic paint, charcoal, conte, oil pastel, chalk pastel, spraypaint, turpentine, dust, smoke… and love. The love of just making it – which is the primary reason why I do it. There isn’t a button on the keyboard for that.

Guy Denning and three multimedia paintings.

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5 thoughts on “AI art on the rise…

  1. Mr Denning, thank you for the wonderful comments on AI art (or, whatever it is). I agree totally. Appreciate your thoughts and your art–the kind for which there IS no keyboard button. Cheers! // Jan Lester, Tucson Arizona


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  2. ChatGPT wanted to respond…

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the topic of AI-generated artwork. It’s clear that you have a strong passion for art and the creative process, and that you value the personal connection and effort that goes into creating a piece of art.

    It’s understandable that artists may be concerned about the impact of AI on their industry, especially when there are companies and individuals using AI to replicate the style of specific artists. However, it’s important to recognize that AI-generated artwork is still in its early stages and has a long way to go before it can fully replicate the complexity and nuance of human-created art.

    As you mentioned, there are certain elements of art that cannot be replicated by AI, such as the physical qualities of the materials used and the emotional connection and love that an artist puts into their work. These factors contribute to the value and uniqueness of an artist’s work and are what sets it apart from AI-generated artwork.

    That being said, it’s important to recognize that technology and AI can be tools for artists to use in their creative process, rather than threats to their livelihoods. For example, AI can be used to generate ideas or concepts for an artist to build upon, rather than fully replicating their style. It’s also worth considering that AI has the potential to open up new opportunities for artists, such as creating artwork for virtual and augmented reality experiences.

    Ultimately, the success of AI-generated artwork will depend on its ability to differentiate itself from human-created art and offer something unique and valuable to viewers. Until then, the value of human-created art will continue to be recognized and valued by collectors and audiences.

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