24 January 2024

Video of the day -- artist at work

I browse the art site DeviantArt occasionally, and recently ran across this dark re-imagining of Frozen -- please do click for full size so you can see it properly.  It's not only absolutely awesome, but offers a good illustration of the huge difference between art created by an artist on a computer and the "AI" stuff we've been hearing so much about.  Artist Neytirix (see her site here) posted a video showing how she made this, step by step (the first 50 seconds is an intro):

The actual work took thirteen hours.  You can see that this takes every bit as much skill and effort as traditional art created with physical paintbrushes or pencils.  An "AI" system where you just input a text prompt, and a computer throws together an image over whose details you have no real control, is not the same thing.

(Update:  added the image itself after receiving permission from Neytirix.)


Anonymous Annie said...

This was all new to me, and I found it fascinating to watch the video, which makes your point well. There's great artistry and skill in this work--a far cry from what would have inevitably been derivative in an AI effort.

I checked the artist's web site. As she notes that commissions are not being currently accepted, she's clearly sought-after for her talent. That's all to the good.

24 January, 2024 10:34  
Blogger NickM said...

I have to disagree. I use AI quite a bit. This is just the labour theory of value which is nonsesne. Nobody would suggest going back to medieval agriculture would they? AI art is not a magic bullet. It just takes out a lot of grunt work.

24 January, 2024 21:28  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Annie: Thanks -- I'm glad you found it interesting. I'm always in awe of people who have real artistic ability. I could never have created something like this, no matter what kind of tools I was using.

As for commissions, I'm trying to imagine what a fair price for something like this would be. I hope she's made some good money for what she does.

NickM: But "AI" "art" isn't art. There's no skill or creativity involved in just typing prompts into a computer. If you can use "AI" for generating blueprints or something like that, fine, but that's unrelated to what I'm talking about here. And the value of art has nothing to do with any economic theory.

24 January, 2024 23:16  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

There are some incredibly talented people out there. Not me, I cannot draw to save my life. lol

26 January, 2024 13:48  
Blogger Bijoux said...

That’s beautiful. I agree that AI is not creating art.
And now Samsung has an AI phone. I really don’t want to know . . .

26 January, 2024 17:20  
Anonymous Reaganite Independent said...

The AI generated art is almost like a slot machine, it’s nice if it comes out how you want but you can’t take very much credit for creating anything 🤷‍♂️

Perhaps you have a creative idea, but feel the need to hire an artist to get the result you envisioned. AI is the same thing, but perhaps with even more of a ‘mind of its own’, if u will

27 January, 2024 00:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary K: Neither can I. So I have all the more respect for the abilities of those who can.

Bijoux: It is beautiful, even though it's basically a horror scene. Remarkable. A machine couldn't do that, except by accident. It has no sense of aesthetics; it doesn't know what it's doing.

Reaganite: Yes, a slot machine is a good analogy. It will deliver results within certain parameters, but there's no consciousness in it.

It's actually machines that don't have minds of their own, which is why it's not legitimate to call this "artificial intelligence" (we may someday develop real artificial intelligence, but right now nobody has even the foggiest idea where to start or how it might work) or the output of it "art". A product of mindless forces like a beach or a mountain may even be judged beautiful, but we don't call it art.

If I had money I probably would hire an artist occasionally to realize some vision. It can be fascinating to see what they come up with.

27 January, 2024 01:23  

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