Community Talks! Vol. 1, ep. 3
I am not much of an artist myself. As a child I was quite good at drawing and painting and could spend entire afternoons with colouring books and drawing. Now life has led me in the pursuit of other interests, and it’s been a long time since. Nevertheless, I have lately discovered generative art and was enthralled by it.
A couple of years ago, I came across sites such as Deep Dream Generator and AI Art Maker: turn text to art - Hotpot.ai, human-AI collaboration tools that allow users to co-produce art. These sites allow the user to upload a photo or drawing and work together with the AI to transform it. My very first trial was with Deep Dream Generator – with the picture of a kitten, on which I had Van Gogh’s style applied. The result was stunning. Then I tried other styles applied to the same photo. Then I asked the AI to combine two different styles. And then I kept testing different options—it was quite addictive. In a weird sort of way, it made me feel like an artist, even if technically speaking, I was a co-creator.
If you google “AI art generator” you will most likely come across other similar sites. Top 41 AI Art Generators: Make AI Art, Paintings & More (2021 GUIDE) — AIArtists.org collects and presents a wealth of different generative AI sites that you can try out for fun. Besides painting, video, and photo editing, if music is your thing, you could try an AI that responds to your digital piano playing. There is also cartooning and drawing guessing, and there are tons of other art forms and activities to choose from.
So why is this good? Well, I suppose being collaboratively creative is good for the brain. You input an idea, and you get an immediate response back. And you won’t need a piano, or a palette and brushes—just your imagination. Go on, try it. Just wondering if you’ll like this too!
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