About AI-assisted Art

Welcome and congratulations if you found this "hidden" page ;)

This Gallery is an outlet about my ongoing AI / Human collaborative journey.

Check-in every now and then to see new works or follow me on Artstation if you like.

Here is a Q&A with me about the ethical use of AI-Based Tools.

The images shown here are heavily edited, re-painted and experimented with, to meet my personal standards but are not perfect by any means. It's a playground for ideas and for study. The more I work with these tools, the more I see the flaws it produces, curating outputs and directing the AI brings some fun back into the work and helps to stay in "creative" shape.

Nothing has polarized the "Art-Bubble" as much as the rise and possibilities of computer generated and artist-directed imagery.

I feel the need to explain myself for the first time since some Conventions and Online Platforms are banning AI-Art.
Which is especially weird for me because since the beginning, my usual / personal work consists to 100% of experimentation with a variety of techniques ranging from digital painting to Photo-bashing using 3d-Designs, generative apps such as Fractal generators and Filters like Snap-Art and Digital-Auto-Painting Tools like Corel Painter to the direct use of photography and existing art from before 1900.

Why? Because I can produce my best works when I'm free from restrictions and linear processes (that's why I don't do commissions anymore).

I don't know where to draw the line, for me this is just a tool that helps me to express who I am.

But I like to take the chance to explain that works in this folder is 60-70% AI generated and 30-40% painted / experimented / edited.
Other work that include less than 40% AI assets are in my regular Portfolio and the relevant information is in the description.

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I also want to use this space to speak to artists who want to break into the art-industry. 

It would not make much of a difference if I would have a day-job (except for the income) and doing this on the side. I did that also for more then 10 years before going freelance.

I did the mistake most artists do, back when I started out, by focusing too much on technique and perfection instead of ideas and concepts or context. Don't get me wrong; technique is still important but just to the point that it helps to communicate your idea. I have seen countless artists perfecting their craft and the only thing they could do was selling workshops and courses on how to achieve that. They never or rarely sold prints or originals or were hired for illustrations.

As illustrator I always used the latest Concept-Art techniques to be faster and save on time because payment was so mediocre that it wasn't possible to keep it up otherwise.

If you focus or at least strive for great ideas, it does not matter which medium carries it and it will shine through.

If you believe the use of such tools is just plain wrong then I respect your opinion, especially the ethical questions and problems are real right now even if they are technically not a hurdle. But I also want you to consider the following:

Keep in mind that true artists love to experiment and experimenting starts by combining things, that is the satisfactory part of it, not cloning what's already there. 

Striving for this experimental process is baked into my very DNA. 

Imagine what Leonardo DaVinci would do, would he dismiss the tools at his disposal or would he use them to create his best work yet to come?

If you made it to this point; thanks for reading and I hope you can accept my stance.