OpenAI shows examples of how people engage with DALL-E 2 in creative processes.
The fact that DALL-E 2 can generate impressive graphics and even photorealistic images should be common knowledge by now, at least in interested circles. But how do artists implement this AI capability in concrete projects?
According to OpenAI, more than 3,000 artists from 118 countries are currently using DALL-E 2, having discovered use cases and contributed to new features. As examples, OpenAI cites illustration, augmented reality design, authors and chefs, landscape architecture, directing, dance and sound design.
AI art comes to the museum
One example comes from Austrian artist Stefan Kutzenberger and Clara Blume, the director of the Open Austria Art + Tech Lab in San Francisco. They used DALL-E to visualize the poetry of painter Egon Schiele, who died at 28. Kutzenberger believes DALL-E’s visualizations give a sense of what Schiele’s other works would have looked like had he not died so young. The DALL-E 2 artworks will be exhibited at the Leopold Museum in Vienna.
Israeli chef and MasterChef winner Tom Aviv drew inspiration from DALL-E 2 for his first U.S. restaurant. He used DALL-E 2 to develop ideas for his restaurant’s menu, decor and ambiance. DALL-E even helped design the dishes, with the AI providing serving suggestions based on a family recipe.
DALL-E 2 as a tool for art and design
Impressive AI art is also on display from multimedia artist Danielle Baskin, who plans to use DALL-E 2 as a tool in all areas – product design, illustration, theater and alternate realities.
On Twitter, for example, she shows an alternate reality in which San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is traveled by trains instead of cars. She generates perspectives from outside and inside the train.
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is one of my most favorite train routes in the world. We’re so lucky that this is our public transit. ??
– Danielle Baskin (hiring devs for Tarot) (@djbaskin) April 26, 2022
Chad Nelson runs the Instagram account “dailydall.e.” Here he also engages in AI creation of characters. Among other things, he visualized a number of unusual forest dwellers with DALL-E. He placed particular emphasis on detailed character representations (see cover image). The characters, one can well imagine, could serve as a template for an animated film, for example.
OpenAI presents the projects using the title “Expanding creativity”. And rightly so because the projects presented show that DALL-E 2 is a tool that gives individual artists new opportunities to express themselves – both qualitatively and quantitatively.
At the same time, the examples show that art and graphics are becoming faster, more diverse, and more accessible to more people thanks to machine assistance. Human creativity focuses on the prompt the machine uses to create the image. OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, therefore, expects an impact on the creative labor market.
More details on the projects mentioned and more examples can be found on the OpenAI blog.