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Petra
@petravoice Published May 12, 2023

What’s your background and how did you get into AI art?

My father was an artist, and I always have been interested in all kinds of art. I studied at art school as a child and got a bachelor degree at State University of Culture and Arts. My field of expertise is social-cultural activity, but it is related to the world of creativity. When I first learned about AI, I realized that I could bring my knowledge to life without possessing technical mastery. All I needed was my vision. Previous summer with the help of my husband @weirdnikita (also a well known creator) I experienced AI possibilities and minted her first NFT.

tender tune” by Petra

Do you have a specific project you’re currently working on? What is it?

While I have a wide range of interests and don’t like to focus on just one thing for too long, I’ve been particularly enjoying exploring the intersection of photorealism and painting in my recent work. Over the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with different techniques to achieve this effect, which can be challenging to achieve with raw AI. I’ve found that combining my own artistic vision with the capabilities of AI has been a rewarding creative process, but it’s also required a lot of extra effort and attention to detail to get the results I want. I’m excited to continue developing these skills and techniques as I work on new projects in the future.

What drives you to create?

Creating for me is a way to express myself and to bring my ideas to life. It’s a way to explore my imagination and to push the boundaries of what’s possible. I find that creating allows me to tap into my creative potential in a way that I haven’t been able to in other areas of my life. It’s both my hobby and my work, and it’s something that I’m truly passionate about.

I love that there are no rules when it comes to creating. You can let your imagination run wild and there’s no one to tell you that you can’t do something. It’s a completely freeing experience. And the fact that I can create and control my own universe is incredibly empowering.

At the same time, the support I receive from the community is also a huge source of inspiration for me. When I see that my work resonates with people and that they find it interesting and engaging, it motivates me to keep going and to create even more. Knowing that I’m making a positive impact on others through my work is an incredibly rewarding feeling, and it’s one of the main things that drives me to continue creating.

safe and sound” by Petra

What does your workflow look like?

My workflow is quite dynamic and involves different stages, from getting inspired to the final product. While I do find inspiration in the real world and current events, most of the time, I experiment and find inspiration during the creative process. I love to try out different things and combine various ideas to see what unique result I can come up with.

As for tools, I use different AI models such as Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, along with various software programs to edit and refine my work. As well, I am using software programs to fine-tune the details, colors, and other aspects of my work until I am satisfied with the final product. Overall, my workflow is a blend of experimentation, iteration, and a love for the creative process.

What is your favourite prompt when creating art?

I don’t usually share my prompts, as it’s personal to me and part of my private creative process. However, I can share some of my life hacks that help me create. If you have a specific idea but don’t know how to bring it to life, try describing everything you’re thinking, imagining, and associating with it, including the atmosphere and small details. This will help you create a more unique image. I also suggest using many different artists names to avoid replicating one artist’s style and instead create your own unique recipe. Lastly, try using dynamic compositions, compelling narratives, and various techniques and characteristics to enhance your artwork.

FlirtGPT” by Petra

How do you imagine AI (art) will be impacting society in the near future?

Certainly, I believe that AI art will continue to grow in popularity and be used by many artists in the future, even those who currently may be skeptical of AI. As technology continues to improve, AI tools will become more advanced and accessible to a wider range of people. I see AI art as a helpful tool in the creative process, allowing artists to experiment and explore new possibilities in their work. I think AI art will continue to make an impact on society by expanding the boundaries of what is possible in the art world.

Who is your favourite artist?

From well-known range I would mention several artists. I love AES+F’s thought-provoking digital art pieces that combine technology with traditional art elements. Alex Gross’s unique style and social commentary in his paintings really stand out to me. Jenny Saville’s figurative paintings are incredibly powerful and evoke both vulnerability and strength. And also one of my favorite are David Hockney, Steve Hanks, Gerhard Richter, Martin Kippenberger, Francis Bacon and many many more! From the NFT space the most inspiring for me are following: Marina Ahmadova, Solyaev, Lume, sonya mova, can’t mention all, but many more for sure. I can’t stop to admire every new artwork from them.

out of body” by sonya mova

Anything else you would like to share?

Dear fellow creators, don’t ever stop making art. It’s important to keep creating even if you don’t always feel inspired or your work doesn’t turn out the way you want it to. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things, even if they don’t work out. And remember, it’s okay to take a break and step back from the fast-paced world of NFTs. Don’t blame yourself for not keeping up with the constantly changing trends. Give yourself time to rest and enjoy the beauty of the real world. Keep creating, stay true to yourself, and don’t give up on your dreams.

by @dreamingtulpa