Brushstrokes Versus Algorithms

Experiments and Discussions about AI-Generated Art


Dog in Gogh’s Starry Night. Artwork created by DALL-E.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolutionizes various fields now more than ever, especially the art industry. Software-generated technology transforms simple sentences into paintings, sculptures, and music based on algorithms.

Once users type in a keyword, machine-learning AI (that learns from experience and existing resources) like MidJourney (a Discord Bot) and OpenAI’s DALL-E analyzes pre-existing images to create new ones within minutes. The simple process lowers the high entry barrier of the creative profession.

A Man in a Spacesuit. Art created by Midjourney.

In doing so, AI breathes a new life into the world of art. In the past, natural talent and individual artistic training were highly weighted in such expertise. However, with AI, anyone with access to a computer and the right software can make their own mastery within minutes. This results in diverse, accessible, and innovative productions.

Simple Pop Art. Art created by DALL-E.

Moreover, these programs increase the speed and efficiency of crafting a portfolio. Algorithms enable artists to generate thousands of variations of a single image within seconds. This helps them experiment with different styles and techniques more quickly and enables heightened focus on more creative aspects of the process, since computers take over tedious and repetitive tasks.

A Fluffy Dog in Space. Art created by DALL-E.

Artificial intelligence also introduces new levels of interactivity and personalization. With machine learning, computer programs can tailor to individual viewers in real time. This leads to more immersive experiences, where the software prints out art that users want.  

Essentially, self-learning machines became a new medium frequently sought after by artists in the industry. For instance, code-created 3D models and displays in virtual reality innovates artistic expression and attracts a new generation of audiences. 

A House with Sunflowers. Art created by DALL-E.

Despite all these benefits, some express concerns that computer-generated models could lead to a flood of mediocrity that devalues the nature of the industry. Others fear that such programs would replace human artists and make man-made creations obsolete. This will become even more relevant as software starts to transcend man-made artwork in some aspects. Day by day, the difference between algorithms and brushstrokes continues to thin. It even tricked the eyes of Mr. Gum. He added, “This is a new renaissance of art.” AI art innovated the industry. These neural networks must enhance human brushstrokes, not replace them. Mr. Gum pointed out, “You cannot replace the human soul and textures in art.”