I’m starting to empathise with the concerns of artists now.
AI artists (if it’s fair to call them that) are flooding the market place and taking over. And here’s the thing. They’re charging in the same price as actual artists, and aren’t being transparent about the process.
How do I know?
Because I’ve just paid an artist to produce a portrait for me. Actually more expensive than a real artist, I know and trust and have used before, but they don’t draw in the style I’m after. The description makes no mention of the use of AI, and even describes it as being handmade by a talented artist.
Now I’m sure there is an art to AI art, so to speak. And you probably need to get that down to produce something which can rival the work of a real human artist. But I can’t help but feel a bit swindled. I was expecting an artist to actually draw me the art. But upon supplying the brief, I received a reply saying they will report back with some options until they find one that works.
Now I don’t know for certain that the end result is going to be AI generated yet. And I don’t know how I’ll feel about it, if it is. Especially if it is good. But alarm bells have certainly gone off in my head.
I don’t want some AI generated art. I want a good old fashioned artist to draw me a good old fashioned drawing. But the marketplace is flooded with them now. They aren’t usually transparent about it (this is more the problem than anything else honestly), and the actual human hand drawing artists are hard to come by.
Not sure I like AI’s impact on the art world at all.
Edit: Yep. It’s AI art. No artist turns around with a finished product that fast. Let alone 4 of em, and none of em quite meeting my specifications.
Now let’s find out if they can incorporate revisions. Like an actual artist. I doubt it. This stuff probably works best for augmenting the workflow of an actual artist. Not for any random Joe Bloggs online who is crafty with their prompts to start calling themselves an artist and selling their generated work.
With that said though, the AI is getting very very impressive. Scarily so. It’s really freaking close for a 2 hour turnaround.