So after my last article, I decided to create some art of my own using a basic photo composite that I created for reference. And when I say basic I mean I just pasted one image onto another. I’m not going to share that here as I think it will create some bias.
I used the photo composite as a reference image and I also allowed the AI, in this case, Stable Diffusion to use it as a reference as well.
Below are four pieces of “art” well three are AI-generated “art” and one is actually art drawn by me using Photoshop and my Xppen graphics tablet. Only one filter was used in my pieces the rest was created by me.
So my question is, which one is your favorite?
Perhaps it’s a bit obvious? For one the AI-generated pieces still have issues with hands and faces. Maybe it’s obvious because mine has a lot more detail.
But here is my biggest issue. Stable diffusion created these pieces with a simple photo composite and FOUR WORDS. That’s right a poorly put-together photo composite and just four words!
I spent over 20 hours drawing that piece. So my question is how do I compete with that? If others with less skill and education just input a photo and type four words and get these beautifully detailed pieces how do I compete?
Would you pay more money for a human-drawn piece of art?
Would you pay the same amount for an AI-generated piece?
Would you want to know if it is AI generated?
Is it okay for a person to hide that they used an AI generator?
Would you expect to pay less for AI-generated pieces?
There are so many questions that we don’t have answers to right now. My concern is that I will be forced to adopt AI generators because I will need them to compete with those already using them. For now, I still use them as a toy. I think they could have wonderful uses as a tool to generate images for ideas. And I hope that people would pay a premium for human-created art, but right now we just don’t know what is going to happen. Years ago we were promised that AI would free us as humans from repetitive and dangerous tasks and jobs so that we could devote our lives to more important and creative endeavors. Instead, it’s here to take away the thing that gives us joy. I hope I am wrong about that.
If you’ve read this far the second one down is my work.