Hello there my fellow dreamers, welcome to issue #13 of AI Art Weekly 👋
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Let’s start with this weeks highlights:
- Imagen 3D , Text-To-Motion , Video outpainting and Stable Diffusion spectograms that can get turned into music
- Interview with painter and AI artist Ilya Shkipin
- Promising Dreambooth and Automatic1111 WebUI alternatives.
Cover Challenge 🎨
This weeks “ snowfall ” challenge got a wooping 101 submissions from 58 artists 🤯. The community decided on the final winner –congratulations to @GuyP for winning the final round with his giant snowman ☃️. And as always a big thank you to everyone who contributed!
The theme for the next challenge should be obvious, it’s “ christmas ” 🎅🧑🎄. Think Santa Claus, reindeers, Christmas elves, Krampus etc. Prize is another $50. Rulebook can be found here and images can be submitted here.
I’m looking forward to all of your beautiful artworks 🙏
Reflection: News & Gems
Luma AI launched a new Text-To-3D product called Imagine this week. Generation is only available to a few lucky individuals at the time of writing. But there is a waitlist you can join. I definitely signed up and can’t wait to give it a try. In the meantime you might want to take a look at what the community has generated – the results look amazing.
Speaking of 3D – there is a LOT of research not only going into generating 3D objects, but also into animating them. PhysDiff, MoFusion and MLD are three different proposals for Human Motion Diffusion which allow the generation of unique animation patterns from pure text prompts. Just imagine your 3D generated avatar sitting in your Looking Glass Portrait and a Motion Diffusion model generating animations on the fly based on your voice, gestures, the weather outside or any other input you can come up with.
MAGVIT: Masked Generative Video Transformer
Image outpainting and inpainting are mind blowing features in itself, but what if you could inpaint or outpaint videos? Well, MAGVIT makes it possible. But that’s not where the fun stops. The model is also capable of turning a single image into an animation, create future frame predictions and compress videos by a rate of 600x compared to the original footage (but don’t tell Hooli).
RIFFUSION (riff + diffusion) is a Stable Diffusion v1.5 model fine-tuned on images of spectrograms paired with text. The model produces spectograms based on text prompts which then can get turned into audio clips. Pretty smart. I had some trouble using their web app, but luckily enough there is also a HuggingFace space.
Imagination: Interview & Inspiration
This week we talk to artist Ilya Shkipin. Ilya is a great example of a traditional artist who embraces the possibilities of AI generative art in his own way and combines the new with the old to create something unique and new. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon, Ilya’s work is gritty, weird and disturbing. His most recent project, “Eyes Wide Shut”, is a collection of girl portraits created with a combination of AI and painting that explores the line between sensuality and the grotesque. Let’s jump in.
[AI Art Weekly] Hey Ilya, what’s your background and how did you get into AI art?
As a child, I knew I wanted to be an artist. My grandfather and father were both artists, so the desire to create came naturally to me. I have always been fascinated by art history, and some of my influences include painters who create gritty, weird, and disturbing imagery such as Frank Auerbach, Richard Diebenkorn, Francis Bacon.
About a year and a half ago, I was introduced to neural networks by Nikita Panin and slowly began to embrace this new medium as it continued to develop. This is when my career took a different path: neural net art seemed like the most natural fit for me. I didn’t care about mediums or “purity” anymore; the most important thing was achieving my own aesthetic and voice.
The originality of AI art lies in the relationship between the digital and the traditional, a form that is still not fully resolved. AI poses questions about what constitutes true creativity, technique, and the role of artists in society. It also raises the issue of standing out in a world where anyone can create anything.
[AI Art Weekly] Do you have a specific project you’re currently working on? What is it?
I just released a drop on Foundation this called “Eyes Wide Shut”. It is a collection of girl portraits created through a combination of AI and painting, ranging in gradation from sensual to disturbing, from pain to pleasure. The series will explore the line between sensuality and the kind of grotesque shock that is usually reserved for train wrecks or those disastrous moments when you realize that you forgot your girlfriend’s birthday.
[AI Art Weekly] What does your workflow look like?
AI artists guard their workflow carefully, as revealing secret ingredients will ruin the magic of it. My workflow varies heavily, but my main objective is to leave a trace of my own touch in almost every piece I make. Even if AI can produce any technique and brushwork that you desire, I am still a painter at heart, and the painting process itself is enjoyable for me. I don’t know if it makes my art more valuable, but it makes it more “me” rather than the product of AI.
I can’t share prompts for the reason stated above, but I would say that lately a prompt is just the initial stage, after which the work passes through many other stages such as image-to-image processing.
[AI Art Weekly] How do you imagine AI (art) will be impacting society in the near future?
I think that AI art is just the beginning, and people who are concerned about the state of art are missing the big picture. AI will revolutionize our society on the same scale as the industrial revolution did before. Think about how it will affect the running of governments, laws, progress in medicine, technology, books, and film making. As far as art goes, one interesting aspect is how AI democratizes the image-making process. There are both positive and negative aspects to this. On the one hand, artists who have trained for 20 years to become professional painters and illustrators may not be happy about it, as their jobs can now be done by interns. On the other hand, artists who have a knowledge or understanding of aesthetics can utilize AI much better than those who don’t.
[AI Art Weekly] Who is your favourite artist?
I don’t have a single favourite artist, but I enjoy looking at a lot of art. I love going to museums and attending art exhibitions. Currently, I am planning to visit a new exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick gallery in San Francisco that showcases some of my favourite artists, such as Emilio Villalba.
[AI Art Weekly] Anything else you would like to share?
Lately, I’ve been focusing more and more on music making with my band, The Laytcomers. If you like noisy and freaky post-punk music, they might be worth checking out!
Creation: Tools & Tutorials
These are some of the most interesting resources I’ve come across this week.
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