My Love Affair with AI

My Love Affair with AI

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.

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I will have to look into Midjourney to see if it would be useful to me for the basework and for practicing with other styles. Having a “cartoony” style for children’s books due to that being the one usually requested means that I’ve had a bit of a decline in my more preferred styles. If I can speed up getting the idea out from the brain to paper so that I can sketch it and build from that then so much the better. Those strokes and seizures those few years ago definitely loosened some “brain connection.” So any tool to work that and hopefully reconnect it I count as worth trying.
I like Corel’s art products. Mine are a few years old now but they are a lot cheaper than certain other ones out there, and I like owning instead of renting, but that’s a different discussion.


Hi Teresa
Thanks for commenting.
I use Midjourney in combination with Corel Paint Shop Pro. Whatever contracts Devianart has with their artists is certainly between them and the artists but it has nothing to do with AI, really. It would be like Google saying they can sell your name and address and you can agree to it or not. It’s not the company that buys those addresses whose fault it is.

I can see where actually infringement of one’s exact artist’s work could be had, but only in the case that if you prompt something like Batman and then make a cartoon out of it and call it yours that would be a copyright infringement. But on the whole, that’s not what’s happening with AI. If Ai picks up a set of wings from one dragon and a face from another and color from a lamp post, and talons from an owl, and shuffles it all into a giant flying lizard, then where is the infringement? You aren’t copying anyone’s work and that’s exactly what AI does. I think there should be some filters in that case, and from what I understand Midjourney is filtering their prompts to accommodate. But as far as the outcry that artists are going to be out of work, well…people have been replaced by machines every since the wheel was invented. And remember, I’m an artist too. And I give anyone permission to use my name in their prompts…not that my “style” is anything unique or note worthy but I’ll bet you not one of my paintings will show up, because that’s not how AI works.
It’s being discussed everywhere, though and some of the arguments I mentioned in my OP are quite common.
Thanks again. I appreciate your input!


AI is interesting. Part of the problem some of my friends have is that their art was included in databases without their permission. DeviantArt, where I archive my digital pieces, set it up so that artists have to actually opt in and give permission for DA to use their pieces in the AI training set. There’s always been a problem regarding art theft on there though with people copying the work of others, claiming it as theirs, and then trying to make money from it (or just get likes).
Other friends of mine, like you, find AI to be a great tool. And then there are those like my guy and I. We notice how some have a lot of trouble with hands and then get excited when finding one that can do anthropomorphic animals (with paws though, because “hands”).
I really don’t think the biggest discussions are is about “style” but more using content without permission. Some databases are better than others about not scraping every image available from the internet. What AI are you using?


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