When people evaluate art, one of the best measures of success is the ability of the piece to trigger an emotional response. Whether a sense of beauty, awe, fear or disgust, art should move you! A few questions to ask about any artwork, whether generated by a human or artificial intelligence, could be:
- How does the painting make you feel?
- Would you be interested in seeing new versions of the painting, either with similar subject matter or similar style?
- Is the painting creating a visual impact only, or does it make you think?
AI art is very effective at answering the 3 questions above – it replicates much of the same mood and feeling of classic original paintings and it does so in a way that combines elements of the style and content in novel ways. And sometimes, it can be successful at generating some ‘hidden secrets’ which add even more uniqueness and exclusivity to a piece and make you think.
We at Artaygo would argue certain ‘quirks’ in the generating process actually improve the desirability of our framed canvas art and add novelty or a story to a piece. Although not rare, these imperfections aren’t common either and can manifest in a variety of different ways. These AI generated hidden secrets are usually hard to spot initially but add character to a piece and make a unique piece of art even more special. Below we illustrate two examples in recent pieces, but there are plenty of others that can occur.
As the generator moves from the ‘low resolution’ layers of the neural network toward the ‘high resolution’ layers, it will fill in the details with relevant content. So for example, as the generator begins with a pixelated tree-like shape at low resolutions, the finer details will start to emerge as it makes the shape higher-resolution. This might look like detailed brush strokes representing the bark on a tree illustrated by a classical painter.
However, while the AI artist has a high likelihood of getting it right, sometimes it chooses to go a different direction, with surprising results. As shown below in previously sold work, the painter attempted to create a stone-like structure near a moss-covered outcropping. At a distance, nothing appears out of the ordinary, but on closer review, the detail actually resemble the face of a cat-like animal. With practice, the AI artist will eventually stop making these kinds of ‘errors’, but we at Artaygo find these to often be features, not bugs, of our AI generated artwork galleries.
Reflections Showing a Different World
Another phenomenon that can occur is with reflections. Reflections are typically rare occurrences in classical art, so while the AI artist may view thousands of works of art to train itself, it may only view a few dozen with reflections. As a result, it does not get enough experience to understand that the scene ‘above’ the water should be mirrored on the surface of the water. What can result is a scene or landscape above the water, with a reflection of a different world on the surface of the water. Below we show a close-up shot of the reflections on the right hand side generally showing the structures on the surface, but on the left hand side, the reflection is a mysterious dark shadow of an object not seen on the land! Spooky!
The fact that an AI algorithm can generate not only high quality images, but also images with eccentric, or ‘playful’ twists on scenes makes these works of art that much more intriguing for prospective buyers.