Artificial intelligence systems that can create custom art on demand are here. With this exciting new technology coming into the hands of the public, there is now a whole new option when it comes to choosing art to decorate your home.
Meet your personal AI artist
You may have heard of the OpenAI DALL-E and DALL-E 2 art generation systems and the amazing original images they can create based on a simple human-language description known as a “challenge”.
While DALL-E has received the most media attention and is arguably the most impressive example of the technology, it is far from the only AI art generation system. From relatively simple examples like Craiyon to DALL-E competitors like Google’s Imagen, there is no closed Pandora’s box of sophisticated image generation technology.
While Google and OpenAI have been slow to let the general public get their hands on Imagen or DALL-E, other solutions like Midjourney are in open beta. All of the AI art examples in this article were created using Midjourney, and you can sign up for a trial and then pay for dedicated GPU time to create your own artwork based on the challenges.
Whichever AI art platform you choose, these tools offer a new source of artwork and a unique opportunity to do something special with your work and living spaces.
AI Art lets you control the decor
You can iterate on your ideas thanks to how AI art generation tools like MidJurney of DALL-E work. As your understanding of the instrument and your rapid phrasing develop, you can get closer and closer to creating the exact visual art you envisioned.
This is usually both impractical and unaffordable when working with human artists. You can now take control of everything from the art style to the color palette that should be used. You can create exactly the overall visual effect you’re looking for and easily change it when you get tired of it.
Goodbye to mass-produced prints
Most of the art that people put in their homes are mass-produced prints of well-known works or inexpensive decorative art items that you would buy at decor stores. While there is nothing wrong with that, it does mean that we decorate our homes with artwork that anyone can have.
Thanks to art generated by artificial intelligence, what you hang at home is a completely unique piece. At the very least, the likelihood of someone else generating the exact same piece is so astronomically small that it might as well be impossible.
For example, Midjourney allows you to keep generated artwork private (for an additional fee). This way, you can ensure that the prints you put on the walls won’t hang in someone else’s home.
AI Art democratizes art commissions
Commissioning personalized artwork from human artists is still reserved for the relatively wealthy members of society. Artists don’t come cheap, and placing unique, original art in your home is a long and expensive process. Human artists are also in short supply, so finding someone who can create the work you’re looking for can be a challenge, even if you’re on a budget.
AI Art is affordable
AI art generation makes customizing art to your specifications within the reach of virtually anyone. The cost of generating pieces is negligible and you have many options when it comes to physically reproducing a piece for display, from affordable paper prints to high end canvas reproductions.
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You own the art you create
Each platform has its own specific license agreements, but generally you own the rights to the artwork generated by your challenges. This means you are free to use it for any purpose, including commercial ones. This is different from commissioned artwork where you may need to pay extra for commercial rights or enter into a royalty agreement. Even if you just want some art to decorate your home, knowing that the art is actually yours and no one else has a claim to it can be a source of great satisfaction.
Human artists are always welcome
While it’s easy to get excited about artificial intelligence and all the interesting ways it can make our lives more interesting, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to the bare walls in homes around the world. While we think there are a lot of benefits to hanging AI art on your wall, that doesn’t mean we think every piece of art in every home should be generated by algorithms!
Art has value for many reasons, but above all it is valued because it is an expression of humanity. Of course, the artificial intelligence created from your challenges is yours expressions, but artworks created by others allow us to get in touch with another person’s “soul” (for lack of a better word).
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