We live in confusing times. I've been painting quite a bit lately. I paint the landscapes of my immediate area, with the trees, trails and riverways taking the centre stage. I was asked if I use AI image generators for my work or if they are photos that have had some kind of filter run over them. I think it will be a question that will become more and more prevailent as the AI generators become more and more sophisticated. I was a commercial artist working with computers for years and I have a healthy respect for computer generated art and design. But still, there is something about hand generated images that I believe will become increasingly valued and valuable in this dawning AI world.
I work from photos I have taken with my iphone, using them as a reference and starting point. I have also worked from plein aire sketches but I have to admit, I love the comfort of my studio. I don't trace or project the photos in any way and I rely exclusively on my drawing background to layout the bones for the image that I want. There is a type of signature that develops with this method of work.
In order to reduce the potetial confusion of people wondering if these images are AI generated, I have taken to making little movies. They are a lot of fun to put together.and the results leave no questions of AI assistance.