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Why am I pursuing art when there is AI?

I was asking myself that question when I initially started drafting this blog.


Using AI as a tool is totally cool. But what is happening with AI and art is straight-up theft and copyright infringement (in my opinion), and I don't understand how there's any debate about it. I don't feel equipped (emotionally) to go in-depth on this, and it seems a little pointless when others have done it much more eloquently than I can (see Kelly McKernan, especially this interview).


In reality, AI created images are little threat to me because I am not big enough on the map to be of use to them! And, thankfully, some of the things I have issue with seem to be heading to a positive resolution for artists (fingers crossed, and thank you to the likes of people like Kelly McKernan!).


But that's not really the reason for this blog post. Controversies around AI created images made me think about why I am pursuing art at all. Especially this recent effort of creating a new website. And ESPECIALLY when in future I want to pursue book cover design (which is an area where I've seen a lot of AI controversy).


So, let's answer the question.


Why am I pursuing art when there is AI?


Answer: Because I like making art.


That's it. I put so much time, effort, and stress into this new website because I like making art. I have no grand expectations about becoming a book cover artist, or frankly, being a professional/full-time artist in any way. I hope that happens and I will still work towards it. But I'm not putting pressure on myself to "make it".


Sometimes I do get down when it feels like no one cares about my art. But I'm comforted by the fact that I care about my art.


So, I'll continue to paint, craft, and update this website. And I can do so knowing I'm not using keywords to steal other people's art in the process.


Custom art?

Next month's blog post will be asking for expressions of interest in getting custom art from me. So keep your eyes peeled if you've been asking for a commission!

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Feb 06
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I mean do you really think you can compete with a.i? Your stuff is pretty crap.

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I'm only replying to this for other people out there who may read this. The literal point of this blog post is that I'm not competing. I don't care if you think my stuff is crap - I believe all people who want to make art should make it, whether it's amazing or crap. So if you're someone reading this, just make it. So I will continue to not compete, and continue to make crap art.

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Well said. It really bothers me. Creeping into Children's books too with horrible generic illustrations to crank out. The same in my case with voiceover AI, it's a good aid, but will very soon make people like me obsolete/too expensive, Stephen Fry has been usurped by AI versions of himself... and makes nothing from it............ blood boiling.😠

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There's been a tweet going around about how if something is using AI (e.g. a children's book) that gives the impression that they have no money and are making a cheap product - I agree and I hope that the general public comes to this conclusion. If the producers are so willing to cheap out on art, how good is their product?


Voices and images of real people being used without their permission is so gross, I don't understand how that can fly (I suspect it won't, long-term). There may be some element of fair use (e.g. artists have done portraits of the Queen and then sold that art/merch) but the argument there would be along the lines of making…

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Lex
Jan 13

Yes! I find making stuff just because I want to so fulfilling

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Not to say that I think making stuff for money is bad - I also want to do that haha but anything I want to make for money also needs to fit my needs, because that is an important part of the art.

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