For the previous week, ArtStation—the world’s hottest portfolio web site for skilled (and novice!) artists working within the leisure enterprise—has been rocked by protests from its customers, after homeowners Epic Video games refused to supply ample protections in opposition to the rising menace of AI-generated imagery.
For the primary few days of that protest, most customers merely pasted a clear, daring picture by Alexander Nanitchkov, utilizing repetition in numbers to have the location’s entrance web page trying like this:
As the times have marched on, although, and ArtStation and Epic refuse to supply extra appropriate protections for the very artworks their web site is designed for, artists have moved on and have determined to provide you with items which are a bit extra elaborate, and private.
I believed I’d spotlight a few of my favourites on this publish. You’ll discover hyperlinks to their passionate, inventive and deeply human portfolios of every artist accountable within the names underneath every picture.
We first wrote about this saga again on December 13, when an growing variety of AI-created pictures showing on ArtStation’s entrance web page prompted a backlash from artists. In response, ArtStation’s homeowners Epic Video games stated:
ArtStation’s content material pointers don’t prohibit using AI instruments within the course of of making paintings that’s shared with the neighborhood. That stated, ArtStation is a portfolio platform designed to raise and rejoice originality powered by a neighborhood of artists. Customers’ portfolios ought to solely function paintings that they create, and we encourage customers to be clear within the course of. Our content material pointers are right here.
ArtStation then printed a FAQ in search of to “make clear” the difficulty, however as a substitute simply made issues worse, implementing a coverage the place customers must choose out of getting AI scrape their artworks (and even then being unable to ensure AI wouldn’t simply scrape it anyway). There have been no updates within the days since, that means the protests have continued, with at the moment’s entrance web page trying very similar to final week’s (lots of the pictures not utilizing the usual, pasted response are nonetheless anti-AI).