The world has changed very quickly since I posted about “AI art” in November of 2022. It was new, and just hit the scene, and everyone was curious about what it was and what it could be used for. By now, you’ve probably been beaten over the head with how unethical “AI art” is (I put it in quotes because it is not actual artificial intelligence, and others argue that it isn’t even art, but from here on out I’ll be calling it the common vernacular), how it steals from living artists, and how it cannot produce anything without a data set (mostly stolen) to begin with. If you don’t know about these things, here’s a great video to catch you up to speed:
Still, I’m not here to beat you over the head about AI art. Instead, if you follow me on Mastodon, you know that I like to test out new technologies and give a “trip report” about them. One of the latest things I tried out is Glaze — a pixel manipulation algorithm that acts like a protective varnish (“glaze”) over your artworks.
You may have heard of AI art (or, as we should now call it, “data generated images” or DGI), or art created with the assistance of artificial intelligence. A lot of my friends are talking about it, and many more are asking me for my particular opinion on what I think about DGI/AI art. It’s a hot button topic for sure, so I’m answering a few questions you may have about the tools and my particular take on DGI/AI art.
As artists, it’s easy to simply know that your artwork will, oftentimes, outlive you, and part of your legacy on the world can be quantified through your artistic journey and the creations you made (and possibly even the impact you had on the art world) while you were alive. But not all of us can aspire to the fame and notoriety that many artists climb to. Many artists are happy enough creating, and though they’d love to sell a few works to someone who may permanently collect them, they don’t put much thought into ways to leave a permanent artistic legacy behind – why would you?
It’s that time of year again. Everyone’s getting swept up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, getting ready for the new year, and everyone I talk to can’t wait for it to be over (myself included).