What AI Generated Art Means for Human Creativity

Rise of AI Generated Art


In early 2021, we saw the massive popularity in NFT arts and how the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology has disturbed the art society, industry and art collecting world as a whole. A little more than a year has passed and we are presented with another tech that is once again rocking the art world – or AI generated art.


‘AI’ artwork generation tools such as Stable Diffusion or DALL-E are taking the art world by storm. These tools empower ordinary people the ability to rapidly create incredibly detailed and powerful digital images based on prompts – or merely descriptive words. Want to see a lemon character relaxing on the beach? Just type away and you will get various visual results in a matter of minutes. Now, the limitation of your digital creation will only be your imagination.



AI Artwork Generation Platforms


There is no better way to feel the impact of this new technology on digital artist and non-artist alike than to try it yourself. Currently, there are many AI artwork generation platforms publicly available where you can generate AI images for free, some include:

  1. Pollinations, Official website: https://pollinations.ai/

  2. Lexica, Official website: https://lexica.art/

  3. Dream by Wombo, Official website: https://dream.ai/

  4. NightCafe, Official website: https://creator.nightcafe.studio/


Future of AI Generated Content


It wouldn’t be a surprise that AI generated content will expand to other types of creations including photography, videos, music, written stories, etc. Where will these technologies take us to in a few years’ time? And how will it impact the jobs and careers of digital artist, illustrators, photographers, and composers?


As a creative person myself, I believe we should keep an open-minded attitude towards new tech and embrace these tech as tools for more efficient content creations. Can you imagine the filming industry reverting back to analog filming and video editing? While this field is still at its infancy, each and every one of us can help push the boundaries of human creativity forward by leveraging the power of tech.


Examples from Author


Examples of some of my creations with the above mentioned platforms are showcased below for your reference. And I wasn't kidding about making pictures of a lemon character relaxing on the beach. However, the AI is inconsistence in understand the meaning of a "lemon character".

Prompt: lemon character, wearing sunglasses, relaxing on the beach


Sci-Fi Poster

The AI is able to understand and depict images from a Hollywood movie. However, with undetailed description for the AI to render the image, many unexpected results will occur.

Prompt: edge of tomorrow


Close-up Portrait

With enough descriptions, the AI is able to generate highly stylized illustration artwork.

Prompt for left 1 & 2: portrait of a brown short haired till shoulder men in smart causal, intricate, elegant, highly detailed, my rendition, digital painting, robert downey jr, artstation, concept art, smooth, sharp focus, illustration, art by artgerm and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha and uang guangjian and gil elvgren and sachin teng and wlop, symmetry!!


Prompt for 3 & 4: portrait of a brown short haired till shoulder men in smart causal, intricate, elegant, highly detailed, my rendition, digital painting, robert downey jr, artstation, concept art, smooth, sharp focus, illustration, art by artgerm and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha and uang guangjian and gil elvgren and sachin teng and wlop, symmetry!!


Fantasy Illustration with Highly Facial Details

When generating portraits, the ability for the AI to depict facial and hair details is just incredible.

Prompt: portrait of a pink short haired till shoulder half elf with bangs, intricate, elegant, highly detailed, my rendition, digital painting, artstation, concept art, smooth, sharp focus, illustration, art by artgerm and greg rutkowski and alphonse mucha and uang guangjian and gil elvgren and sachin teng and wlop, symmetry!!


Japanese Intricately Detailed Portraits

The AI is able to take meanings from culture references and combine into a single image.

Prompt: a Photorealistic dramatic fantasy render of a beautiful woman wearing a beautiful intricately detailed Japanese Wolf Kitsune mask and classical Japanese Kimono by WLOP,Artgerm, Greg Rutkowski, Alphonse Mucha, Beautiful dynamic dramatic dark moody lighting, shadows, cinematic atmosphere, Artstation, concept design art, Octane render, 8K

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