One of the most fun things to do with the AI Art apps is using a doodle to make AI art. It’s a very easy process. I use the Procreate app to create a really simple image, and then feed it into Wombo AI app with some descriptive prompts. Read more
I’ve been thinking a lot about the addictive nature of AI art. Using the AI art apps often feels like using a slot machine. I vacillate from, “It’s fun, it’s cool, it’s crazy,” to “it’s dull, it’s fake, it’s a ripoff, it’s a dopamine hit.” The addictive quality of making these images is nothing new to me. It was like that when I was using the decimate app. Input an image and “pull the slot” so many times until the app spits something back at you that makes you happy. Looking back I don’t think I ever got anywhere with the slot machine art. My palettes are kind of all over the place (I would like to be more studied and disciplined in my use of color, but that is not in the cards just yet.) Each time a theme emerged I would get sucked back into the addictive slot machine to churn out some more images. Read more
It’s been over nine months since I wrote my first AI Art post. So much has advanced in the world of AI Art in such a short time. I vacillate between being fascinated by what it can do, and horrified by how addictive it is. It is unsettling to think that certain kinds of art-making might actually become obsolete. For example, I learned from the wombo discord that you can now make almost perfect seamless pattern tiles! The ones below are not quite seamless, but I am sure that at the rate AI art is advancing, the ability to make flawlessly repeating pattern tiles will soon be here. Read more
Do you have an inner art critic? How do you go about silencing him/her/them?
Julia Cameron, who wrote the definitive book on maintaining creativity, “The Artist’s Way,” calls the inner art critic “the Censor,” and suggests visualizing him in a funny way to take away his power. The point is that the inner critic does not speak “truth,” instead he just blathers on and on with useless criticism. I like to picture Anton Ego, the food critic from Ratatouille:
As promised, I am blogging about Alex Katz flower paintings, and attempting to copy his technique. Lately I have been obsessed with his style. He is so economical in what he shows you. He pares the lines and colors down to only what is necessary to make his case that these are some flowers. Why does it work so well? I’m not sure but I can say that copying his technique is not as easy as it looks.
For my attempt at copying his process, I started out with some early evening photos. As you can see, you can start with a rather mundane photo and then fool with it till you get more information out of it. Read more