Artificial Intelligence (AI) art is a new concept that is slowly improving. It is generally grouped into two categories: AI that analyzes pre-existing art and AI that creates new art, also called AI generated art. Recently, a new AI system called DALL-E has taken the digital art world by storm.

DALL-E is unique because it does not simply take images from the internet and copy and paste them together to create an image. Instead, DALL-E learns the patterns that are associated with certain words found in descriptive captions, which allows it to create new images rather than add photos together. These patterns allow DALL-E to take a prompt and create a new set of images. For example, DALL-E can understand prompts of certain styles:

DALL-E art created with the prompt “teddy bears mixing sparkling chemicals as mad scientists in a steampunk style

Image created by DALL-E with the prompt, “quaint flower shop storefront with a pastel green and clean white facade.

There are many online AI art generators that use this technology, including Midjourney and ArtBreeder. The main difference between varying online generators is the image resolution, prompt text limit, and how many images you can create with a free account. Below are a few created with prompts given by M-A students:

AI generated art created with the prompt, “sandwich climbing a ladder to get the lightbulb.” Prompt created by Leslie Perez.

AI generated art created with the prompt, “superstitious kiwi grass.” Prompt created by Simone McCreary.

Since all of these generators use specific algorithms to create images, artists online have started creating templates to make more accurate prompts. These templates vary from platform to platform, but generally they allow you to create prompts that gain inspiration from certain images, artists, fonts or styles.

Online template for Midjourney that allows you to specify styles and inspiration in addition to size and file type.

Some have even created separate digital art sites that allow you to sample images of styles you like to create your images, more like a settings for a singular type of picture rather than a prompt-based image.

Things you can change on a portrait style generated art on ArtBreeder.

With these templates, users can create images that would have taken much longer for an artist to draw or paint than for AI to generate.

Although DALL-E art can lack the human expression and emotion behind human-made artwork, it is still able to create hyper-realistic images and replicate already existing media.

The first AI art piece to ever be sold, “Portrait of Edmond Belamy” was sold for $432,500 in 2018, created by Obvious.

AI generated art can also be sold, depending on where you create it. Sites used to create digital art such as Craiyon, Dream, and NightCafe are all sites where you are allowed to sell and distribute the artwork you create.

Although there likely still needs to be more improvement in the AI algorithms before these platforms truly are able to be integrated into the daily life of an average artist or person, they are incredibly fun to play around with.

AI generated art is slowly gaining traction as the number of platforms increase and the AI behind it progresses. I’m excited to see what M-A artists will do with this recent technology.

Malika is a senior and second-year journalist. In her free time, she likes to read and listen to music. Malika is also involved in soccer and website design.

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