I have been curious recently, how can AI art be so appealing to the eye? I was lucky to be able to speak about this with one of our Ravencoin AI artists, Inx Masonari. In addition to the art being beautiful, the process Inx uses is also fascinating. She combines photography and artificial intelligence to produce the resulting digital art. It doesn’t SOUND very artistic. However, that is not the case at all!
As is true with many artists, Inx’s process is very free-flowing and hard for her to put into words. This makes perfect sense to me. She is working in images, after all. To get a better idea, I asked her about a specific piece I liked so much that I bought it myself, “I would love to hear the backstory on JellyDance. It’s very striking.”
Inx explained, “Jelly Dance is mostly AI. I was playing that day with my jellyfish photos and a couple of different AI programs. I think it actually spawned off just words and no root image, but I’m only 80% sure of that. Jelly Electric was, I think, from me at the Toledo Zoo. They have a fantastic aquarium there.”
This was starting to make a little more sense, but I was still stumped on how AI, with no specific image input, spawned from words, and SOMEHOW, Inx’s trip to the zoo.
This is image one. With this AI program, this is how they start:
It will run 20 cycles, or evolutions (whichever you prefer, basically), and then spit out a new image. The longer you let it run, the better. [It produces] more changes, etc., to the image. Not all the results are worthy. I often try something, and then part-way through saying, “NO, NO this isn’t taking a path I feel is worth waiting on.”
After 140 cycles in, this is now the image:
After 500 cycles, here is the image:”
I envisioned AI just spitting out a finished product all at once, rather than building it in layers with human guidance each step of the way. AI-generated art takes a much more artistic touch to create than I had originally imagined. This is unexpected for me.
Inx continued, “[Above is another example.] I was very confused at first seeing this appear in the result images. I was like, “That bunny thing is very cool, but what is going on?” Space bugs fun… and then I turned it into:
This is a mix of photography. [Typically, the photographs Inx uses, she has taken herself.] The clouds are from my Canada trip. The bunny is from space bugs. The butterfly is from another AI journey. The sea creatures are from yet another AI journey. The dragon flies are from a Photoshop tutorial I did learning, and finally, the backdrop planet is from a different AI search. Oh, and the stars are from yet another old piece of [random] art. [Is it starting to make sense] why it’s tough to share how I get to my art?”
“Oh, and the tiny crane! It is my photography from a nearby park.”
It feels to me this whole process is almost like the artist has become a conductor, fluidly directing multiple sections of instruments, keeping them in time & tune with each other to produce a beautiful result. Thank you, Inx, for sharing your process with us! It has been a wonderful experience.
Inx’s current projects are Altered Worlds & Cooter Critters.
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Inx also offers assistance & resources to aspiring artists at:
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