So the truth is out. I use AI for some (not all) of my illustrations. Those of you who know me know that I also am an oil painter and have many oil paintings tucked away in my studio. I've studied art and painted in oils ever since I was a child. My mom painted, and she used to give me her used paints whenever she got new ones. She also gave me sculpture lessons with a well known sculptress. I believe those lessons really helped me with rendering the human figure because I learned to see three dimensional rather than a flat surface. I've also painted from life; plein air painting and working with a model in my studio.
So you ask why do I have a love affair with AI?
Because I can create more quickly than I would otherwise and most importantly, because I can create fantasy paintings that my poor old feeble mind cannot conjure.
I have been working with using the tool as a reference source as well, and right now I have on my easel some paintings that I first created in AI and am working with the brush to recreate on canvas.
There is so much negativity about computer generated images that some artist friends are afraid to talk about how it's helping them. I understand. I'm too old to worry about what people think though. I stand up for what I'm doing.
For centuries artists have been studying master artists' styles. Students learn in a museum by setting up easels and copying artists like Frans Hal and Rembrandt and Monet. Did those artists complain? Heavens no they encouraged apprentices to copy their style. That's how we learn. And that's how it comes that no one is owner of any particular style because these artists pass their images on to generations after them.
Leonardo di Vinci said "True art is learning how to see."
And so when entering prompts, the art comes in seeing the results, fine tuning them, until you get what you're really looking for. The other art is literary and learning how to explain what you want in words. So both of these skills are helping me to become not only a better artist, but a better writer too.
I hope you enjoy the paintings I come up with because I enjoy making them, both on my computer and on my canvas.