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How artists create ai art using image generators in 2024

You might have seen one of those pictures of a seemingly normal person, when scrolling down, you are flabbergasted to have discovered that this person isn’t real. It was all made by Artificial intelligence (AI).

 

Creating life-like images of people that don’t exist is only one the superpowers of AI. This technology is also found in capable language models, car navigation systems, and even plays a large part in your regular online experience - when using the Google search bar.

 

In this blogpost we will specifically discuss the dynamics of the fusion between AI and art.

Radiartvector, woman smiling stock photo generated with AI
I took the liberty to create one of these kinds of images right here, using the same generator as we use for our art pieces. Technology has come quite far, don’t you think?



Problem-solving technology

Simply put, artificial intelligence is the infusion of human-like intelligence into machines. This empowers them to perform tasks that usually require human cognitive abilities, such as learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making - just like humans.

 

How does AI play into the world of art?

AI - or the image generator, in this case - takes whatever prompts you provide it with and uses its dataset to mirror your input. Meaning, it generates an image based on your description. Now a lot of the time, the image it spews back at you - is flawed to say the least.

AI, radiartvector

 

Think of it this way - the dataset that the generator has been trained on, is like a camera roll, full of photographs. When you type in a prompt and wait excitedly for the results, the generator flips through this camera roll to find and combine images that turn into whatever you wrote.

If you aren’t specific enough, some generators produce pictures that often come back with extra limbs, morphing elements, or something straight out of a fever dream.

This means that if you want to be “heard through the noise” of the average quality of AI-image prompts, then you have to improve your prompts through trial-and-error and still do a lot of touch up work afterwards, but don’t let that keep you from creating the “art” in artificial intelligence. 

 

The modern day assistant

Now for those of you worrying that this technology will get out of hand - AI is but a tool. I have worked a lot with the technology, stressed the limits of the current apps/websites that uses AI, and I must say - If you try to create polished creative work, it will fall short.

When the world gets flooded with poorly made artificial content, authentic content will be all the more sought after. AI simply assists in the creation process, and if the artist finds themselves too heavily reliant on its power, then they will lose their “sought-afterness”, drowning in the pool of poorly made AI prompts.

Paintbrush, by Radiartvector

 

If you are using AI correctly though, it can help skyrocket your creative endeavors, save you time and help you out of the occasional “creative-block”, rut.

 

Misconceptions

A common misconception, which I myself have had the pleasure to be bestowed upon by a not so pleasant facebook comment - is that AI is simply a fancy word for an “art-stealing machine”.

 

But what this person conveniently overlooks, is that AI operates much like the human mind – absorbing inspiration (from a dataset) and then create (fulfilling your prompt request). Imagine the traditional artist, someone who draws their inspiration from events in their life, other paintings they’ve seen, places they have visited, people they have met, all these elements become an inspiration that forms their artistic expression.

 

Now imagine someone wanting to create art using AI. They have had all the same experiences as the former artist, but they choose to use an image generator (tool) instead.

 

The image generator utilizes the prompt which they are given, then searches their extensive dataset for what that prompt should look like, then they return an image, hopefully looking something, anything - like the prompt. The image generator’s intelligence overlaps with that of the artist. In this case its dataset is its experiences.

Radiartvector, prompt image

 

Also, remember that someone had to come up with an idea for what to create, work through trial-and-error to improve the results, before touching up their art to achieve an acceptable result.

 

So, here's my takeaway - AI isn't playing the role of a thief here. Classic artists, in their own way, follow a similar path. Now, I'm not out to undermine anyone's talent, but that's just the truth of the matter.

 

The technology's limitation

As I’ve briefly touched on earlier, AI does have its limitations, you can’t expect this technology to do all the heavy lifting for you. AI is a great tool to help you with your work, but it will become painfully obvious if you fully rely on its help, as its flaws will be clear as day.

 

If you've ever experimented with a specific "language model" before, you've probably noticed that it tends to search through its dataset for a predefined set of words related to a particular topic, which it tends to repeat.

In other words, AI language models seem to love to use the same keywords in the texts they generate on a certain topic.

 

AI is a wonderful piece of technology that can coexist with the traditional artist. It's a tool that you can leverage for better productivity, an assistant which can help you achieve your goals more effectively.

 

Don’t fear the amount of attention it's getting in the technology-world, but rather embrace this technology, use it for what it's worth.

 

AI works wonders, but it will forever remain a tool, in the competent hands of it's user.

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