AI art has been generating massive controversy since the release of the latest generation of text-to-image generators, and the backlash shows no sign of going away. Now fans of an acclaimed South Korean painter are eager to create an AI model that replicates the artist’s style just days after his death.
If you’re not sure how AI art generators work, check out our guide on how to use DALL-E 2, one of the most popular synths of the new generation. Basically, they have been trained using thousands of images and captions so that users can create art by typing a short text prompt. Some open-source generators allow users to build their own models by further training them on specific image sets – and some don’t see this as a fitting tribute to an artist.
Most famous for Tiger the Long Tail (TLT), South Korean painter Kim Jung-ji is widely praised for his ink and brushwork manhwa (Korean comicbook art) and his astonishing ability to paint elaborate scenes richly from memory. was found. He died suddenly on 3 October at the age of 47, and within days the AI ’tribute’ became available.
In just a few days, a former French game developer who uses this name 5you (opens in new tab) A load of Gi’s work was put into the AI program to create a model that allows anyone to draw in Gi’s artistic style. 5you said he wanted the model to be a ‘homage’ to Gi’s legacy. But while some results bear a near superficial resemblance to the complex function of Gi, the reaction has been vicious.
Greetings! I trained a model to draw in the style of the late Kim Jung Gi as a tribute. I am quite happy with the results, considering how complex their style is. Hope you like it, feel free to use it yourself (credits plz) :https://t.co/M0RQ5YJ3Tv# KimJungGi #stablediffusion pic.twitter.com/U8qn1YypTd6 October 2022
Comic book writer Dave Scheidt was one of the first professionals to respond. “Kim Jong Gi left us short” [a week ago] And the AI Brothers are already ‘replicating’ their style and demanding credit. Vultures and spineless, talentless losers,” he said Tweet (opens in new tab), Meanwhile, cartoonist Corey Mitchell Handwerker wrote (opens in new tab): “Artists are not just a ‘genre.’ They are not products. They are a breathing, experiential person.”
This is why we talk so much nonsense about AI “art”. Kim Jung Gi left us in less than a week and the AI Brothers are already “replicating” her style and demanding credit. Vultures and spineless, talentless losers. It sets a terrible precedent. pic.twitter.com/th40FgbeIU7 October 2022
Fans have also reacted fiercely. 5you’s original tweet has garnered thousands of reactions and retweets, an overwhelming majority on his creation. “It’s not paying tribute… it’s something completely different. Absolutely disgusting, despicable and despicable. Shame on you,” replied one person. Someone else told 5You, “Out of all the rude and utterly tasteless things AI artists do, this one takes the cake. You’ve hit a new low that none of us were anticipating.”
People were also criticizing the results of the AI model. “It’s missing all the subtle brilliance of his linework,” wrote one person. “All the exquisite angles and perspective in his creations. All the character in his faces, and all the imaginative concepts in his designs. It’s technical slurry.”
5 You seemed surprised by the response. “For some reason, some people are raising concerns about me plagiarizing their work or disrespecting their memory,” he tweeted. “Obviously, this work, even if it were perfect, would not replace an artist’s mind and talent. It is a new way of exploring his style.” He’s also picked up the odd defender. One person wrote, “At some point you’re going to need to explain why it’s good to do it by hand, but it’s bad to do it with a computer.”
This kind of controversy in AI art will certainly continue, and we expect to see more jittery artists and fans, at least until the copyright issues of the original artworks used to train the AI are resolved. . So far, we’ve already seen artists in arms and we’ve seen copyrighted AI art that looks like Zendaya after AI art won a contest. But on the other hand, we’ve also seen some fun experiments, like when someone used AI to make a hilarious upgrade to ’90s video game characters. It’s going to take time for AI to find its rightful place in the mix of creative tools.