AI image generators are now the topic of much discussion, and for good cause. They transform straightforward language instructions into images that are extremely precise, very exact, and have the ideal lighting. Additionally, you are able to produce artwork in the “signature” of a number of artists, both alive and deceased, which is obviously raising copyright issues.
Machine learning is used to emulate the style or approach in order to create an “original” image. In this respect, it is comparable to a human artist who draws inspiration for their work from other people’s art. Style cannot be protected by a copyright; only specific works can.
Nevertheless, I can see why artists could be resistant to this. What makes the average Joe suddenly able to create works of art that resemble theirs and even sell them? That’s got to be wrong, right? It is real. You have “complete rights to sell the images you make,” according to well-known AI art generators like DALLE. These privileges include the ability to sell, reproduce, and promote the photos.
For the past month or so, I’ve been a subscriber to a couple well-known AI platforms, and I’ve noticed a few things. Here are some surprising ways that using AI in art might help traditional artists:
1. Use AI to preview your work
Assume you are an artist designing a particular artwork for a customer. In the past, you’ve seated yourself in front of a tablet or PC and begun to create using the image in your head as a guide. Your own neural network takes control, producing something in your style that incorporates particular commission-specific details.
You can ask AI to produce anything like the requested item if you’re having problems coming up with an idea or if you want to see how a piece might appear. On an easel or computer screen, you may replicate it from here in your own unique style.
Consider the scenario when a customer requests an image. They desire vivid, strong colors with a realistic finish. I could send a prompt with all the information to DALLE or another platform I use, like Midjourney, and all of a sudden have computer-generated ideas I can utilize. I’m merely gaining ideas, not “copying.”
Both DALLE and Midjourney provide four results at once, and usually at least one of them is nearly what I requested. All four outcomes have certain aspects I like, but I wouldn’t reproduce any of them exactly as they are. However, it provides me with a visual guide to use.
To focus the scope of your final artwork, you may also send the client (watermarked) or scaled-down AI findings to see which “direction” they’d want to go in and what they like/don’t like about the image.
2. Make new art from your existing creations
Another trait shared by the AI generators I’ve tried is that they use an existing image as a starting point. This implies that I can upload one of my own photographs and instruct the bot to do anything with it (which I can specify.)
The AI will largely adhere to the original, but will also add any desired “digital art” touches. Although it seems a little strange, it is clearly what it is, and you are the original inventor.
Additionally, I experimented with feeding my previous artworks into AI to see how they would seem. Although some of the outcomes are perhaps a little lackluster, consider the potential. You may add additional parts, entirely alter the colors, or render it in a completely different manner to your previous pieces.
3. Create a signature series
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) were making waves in the art world for a time. Even large corporations were utilizing NFTs to earn cash in a more imaginative manner. Essentially, NFTs provided unique digital ownership of a work, similar to owning an actual artwork. There can be a limitless number of copies, but only one “genuine” one.
While the excitement around NFTs has subsided somewhat, there was one element that made many of them effective – a theme. People would prefer to buy numerous components of an NFT release rather than just one. CryptoPunks, which look like 8-bit headshots, were selling like hotcakes and are still trading on NFT platforms like OpenSea. Another collection, Bored Apes, is expected to sell for more than $100,000.
You might produce a lot of photos that are similar but have some crucial variances if you come up with a unique and appealing theme. This can raise the value of your AI work by making it more identifiable. Selling your digital collections should be easier if you’ve already made a reputation for yourself in the art world.
You may try your luck with NFT, sell prints of your greatest AI creations, or even submit them to stock picture websites. Here are 5 ways to make money from AI art.
Conclusion: The human experience will always prevail in art
The traditional human artist will never die since the notion of a work is in their hands. Humans are the only ones who know what looks nice and whether or not the work meets the creative brief. Humans may contribute context and emotion to a work of art, as well as interpret its meaning. Humans are the only ones who can curate the greatest exhibition selections.
AI will not take away your unique works, which are the sum of your experiences. It is possible, though, to reach an agreement with the AI bots and stroll off into the sunset together, towards a (hopefully) bright future.