Is AI-made Art, Art?

Is AI-made Art, Art?

When photography appeared, I suppose that painters asked the same question. Is photography an “Art”? The photographers don’t even know how to draw, right?

Well, it became an Art, and some painters began to USE photographs to get inspired, to remember compositions and light, etc.

AI-Artists needs other skills. They play with Python programs, “settings”, and of course the prompt, the “sentence” we use to summon the models.

To write good prompts, you must think about organizing the words. Still, also you need culture, and visual art vocabulary (including photo vocabulary), but also, like in other arts, a way to combine, to “link” things nobody thought to link before… You also need an eye to determine what’s banal, ugly or cool.

I will always stick to the idea that “A good picture is a picture that stops the eyes”. A good picture must do that in a world surrounded by pictures everywhere.

These days I play with “classic painters”, I make new paintings, and well, that’s it:

Of course, the pleasure is to combine styles, to create new styles:

You can get crap

You can get illustration

Maybe ideas for stories – “here’s the story of the little girl who invented snow friends:”

Little things:

Color ideas:

Composition ideas:

Cool mistakes!

The AI artist must also be a curator, he constantly has to select what should be shown or not.

Well, you can make your images, for free. Just follow this:

Thanks for reading!

Quick-Eyed Sky’s Collaborations

I invented “Quick-Eyed Sky” decades ago for a web page about instrumental and avant-garde music. I kept the name!

If I needed a logo, it would be this airship…

Today, it’s used for my YouTube channel about images…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkYi6dzJ5emaY0tPGat3k9Q

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2 of my images were exposed in Berlin in September 2022

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I made the masks in this trailer:

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I made some special effects (forest, fair, turning structures) for the Weird Wolves video:

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I made the cover of a book released in November

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Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Quick_Eyed_Sky – advanced tips & many prompts.

Artstation: https://quick_eyed_sky.artstation.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quick_eyed_sky

Blog: https://afrenchtoolbox.wordpress.com/ https://ko-fi.com/jeanpascalm

Thanks for reading!

Analogies, Strangeization: How AIs Tango with our Brain.

I asked an AI, ruDALLE-XL, to make images of a dream.

This AI is a fun one, it’s easy to disturb her (therefore to inspire her).

It’s not the only one: I asked DALLE 2 (OpenAI, Google’s text-to-image AI) to draw me “Slow Melancholy” and I got this snake shell with leaves. Not bad, good picture composition and light. It looks like a photo, and that’s it.

Now, look at these pictures. The first one looks like clouds over a lake (but on the right, they look like something else). The second one shows some “things”, in the morning on a green land. But what are they? The third one shows the silhouette of a woman. She’s probably on the beach, looking a… well… what?

Our intelligence, or our way of understanding reality, is based on ANALOGY. When we see something, our brain is trained to “link” it with something we already know.

“Oh, it looks like a cloud”.

Douglas Hofstadter wrote an entire book about this idea. He shows us a page full of the letter “A”. Some of them we’ve never seen, but we know they’re “A”s.

It becomes interesting when we see the strangeness produced by AIs.

Image 1: a red sphere emerges from a… flower?

Image 2: something (an animal?), jumps on the sand?

Image 3: some fabric, or maybe a creature under the sea?

We would like to know, but we can’t.

It’s a bit disturbing, or ugly. It’s beautiful, maybe, who knows?

Is it a leaf? An animal? Who’s that lady? What does she think?

Could we write a poem about one of these 6 pictures? Invent a painting from it?

One quality of a good picture today is to stop the gaze, to stop the viewer’s eye, wandering fastly in the world made of images.

AI-made images, some of them, have this quality. Our brain stops because it tries to understand. Is it a bird in the night? Watching what? Why is the moon wrapped in this shape?

Strangeization is a way for the artist to “add strange elements” to a piece of art, in the purpose to catch back an audience who has seen everything and is hard to get attention from.

Here, the process is: make plenty of images with a prompt (words that describe), and choose one.

What will you make?

Strangeization Tool & Eyebrow Criteria (or type this word in my blog’s search engine).

Thanks for reading!

Digit Lovers vs Artists

There’s a pattern in photography.

Two kinds of photographers. Those who take photos with their camera. And those who play for hours on their Mac, with apps, with digits, HDR, and I correct this and that.

I already wrote articles about those.

Take a car.

You can be the tech type. You want to open it and fix this and that. Or you want to drive it to the lake and breath fresh air.

Today I’m very busy making images with Artificial intelligence. I have an Artstation (here: https://quick_eyed_sky.artstation.com/ ) and a YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/JPRobocat

Very soon, I noticed the same pattern.

To make images, you need a Google Colab, which is a Python program with a bunch of settings, like a machine, and you enter a “prompt”, which is a “phrase describing what you want to see”.

There are 2 camps.

  • Most humans are obsessed and focused on SETTINGS, they study these for weeks, very deeply, line by line. They’re obsessed with numbers, and digits.
  • The other camp is obsessed with the PROMPT, which is like poetry. Choice of words. The way you present them. Their weight. Etc.

It’s always the same pattern.

  • Camp 1 is very serious. They are logical. They are focused on their numbers. They want DETAILS, crunchy pictures, they want lines. Techs.
  • Camp 2 is very casual. They try things. They read poetry. They enter lyrics and try to find new artists. They want mood, light, and composition. Poets.

You know what? Both camps are OK. But I’m in the 2nd one. You knew that already, right?

Do you watch the beach and the mountain, or do you watch your car’s engine?

Thanks for reading!

Do you focus on the prompt or on the digits everywhere? What about “clamp_max”: 0.05? Should I double it? Or should I add “ominous sky” in the prompt? Where do you like to work?

“text_prompts”: {
“0”: [
“Greg Rutkowski, long butterfly airship in the summer sky, Artstation”
],
“100”: [
“This set of prompts starts at frame 100”,
“This prompt has weight five:5”
]
},
“image_prompts”: {},
“clip_guidance_scale”: 50000,
“tv_scale”: 0,
“range_scale”: 150,
“sat_scale”: 0,
“cutn_batches”: 4,
“max_frames”: 10000,
“interp_spline”: “Linear”,
“init_image”: null,
“init_scale”: 1000,
“skip_steps”: 0,
“frames_scale”: 1500,
“frames_skip_steps”: “60%”,
“perlin_init”: false,
“perlin_mode”: “mixed”,
“skip_augs”: false,
“randomize_class”: true,
“clip_denoised”: false,
“clamp_grad”: true,
“clamp_max”: 0.05,
“seed”: 2397292033,
“fuzzy_prompt”: false,
“rand_mag”: 0.05,
“eta”: 0.8,
“width”: 1600,
“height”: 832,
“diffusion_model”: “512x512_diffusion_uncond_finetune_008100”,
“use_secondary_model”: true,
“steps”: 350,
“diffusion_steps”: 700,
“ViTB32”: true,
“ViTB16”: true,
“ViTL14”: false,
“RN101”: false,
“RN50”: true,
“RN50x4”: false,
“RN50x16”: false,
“RN50x64”: false,
“cut_overview”: “[12]400+[4]600″,
“cut_innercut”: “[4]400+[12]600″,
“cut_ic_pow”: 1,
“cut_icgray_p”: “[0.2]400+[0]600″,
“key_frames”: true,
“angle”: “0:(0)”,
“zoom”: “0: (1), 10: (1.05)”,
“translation_x”: “0: (0)”,
“translation_y”: “0: (0)”,
“video_init_path”: “/content/training.mp4”,
“extract_nth_frame”: 2
}

You don’t stop progress, so what do you do with it?

Bahhh it’s an old say.

I remember the little book of Akira Kurosawa, who remembers that when the movies were silent in Japan, there were people in each cinema, playing music, dialogs, and some sound effect. When the talking pictures came, these people were in the streets, protesting. And well…

It’s the same for everything. Electricity killed the oil lamps market. Cars killed the horse cart market. Electric cars will harm the gas stations, little by little (in Norway, today, more than 60% of new cars are electric).

Today I make images with AIs, and that’s cool because… I don’t know how to draw. I just describe what I want, add some little tricks in words (I’m learning) to precise textures (painting, digital, video game?), and I get pictures, plenty of them, all unique and different. The AI invents for me. And batches plenty.

“Luminescent mushrooms in a mystical forest, twilight, fireflies, clearing, bokeh” gives as many as these as you want (hundreds, if you like):

So I found out that some digital artists find it “unfair”. In a way, I understand that!

But what I feel is they should use it, today.

I can switch on the light, but I don’t have an oil lamp. I can drive a car, but I can’t take care of a horse (and I’m short of room in my apartment).

When I post images in forums, like in Reddit, I got things like:

So, people love it, but some want to ban it. And I’ve been banned from many of them! The viewers love them, but the moderators hate them. It’s not “real art” (and is it, after all)?

Today, it’s a bit difficult to use these Google Colabs. And it’s lonnng. If you use the free option, you need one hour for an image. I pay, and I need 6-7 minutes/image.

There are hundreds of colabs, and very soon (this year, next year?) you’ll be able to get images in seconds. Concept artists will use these tools (or teach them), for sketching, to get ideas, for colors, composition, etc.

Some sites offer this already, in a simple form: Wombo Art, Hypnogram.xyz.

There’s no horse-skill in driving fast cars, it’s like… unfair, right? Drivers developed other skills. Today, to get cool images, you have to know what words are useful, and how to combine them. Unfair, maybe, but people have fun, and are creative (in their own way), and I kind of like it.

I began to make tutorials (on YT) for digital artists, how they could use this. I’ll make more, concept art for characters, using initial sketches to create something else, etc.

Maybe it’ll create a new job: “digital ideas provider”. Hmm…

What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

https://quick_eyed_sky.artstation.com/

I made a tutorial to batch images with Disco Diffusion V4.1 Google Colab.

I made a tutorial to batch images with Disco Diffusion V4.1 Google Colab.

Couldn’t find any, no blog article or YouTube, which is strange, so I made one.

This Colab is very powerful, it also can make animations and other marvels.

Now you’ll be able to make your own images by yourself. It’s pretty easy, in fact!

Have fun!