This artist is dominating AI-generated artwork. And he’s not glad about it.

Rutkowski was initially stunned however thought it could be a great way to achieve new audiences. Then he tried trying to find his title to see if a chunk he had labored on had been revealed. The web search introduced again work that had his title hooked up to it however wasn’t his. 

“It’s been only a month. What about in a yr? I most likely received’t have the ability to discover my work on the market as a result of [the internet] might be flooded with AI artwork,” Rutkowski says. “That’s regarding.” 

Stability.AI, the corporate that constructed Secure Diffusion, skilled the mannequin on the LAION-5B information set, which was compiled by the German nonprofit LAION. LAION put the information set collectively and narrowed it down by filtering out watermarked pictures and those who weren’t aesthetic, akin to pictures of logos, says Andy Baio, a technologist and author who downloaded and analyzed a few of Secure Diffusion’s information. Baio analyzed 12 million of the 600 million pictures used to coach the mannequin and located that a big chunk of them come from third-party web sites akin to Pinterest and artwork purchasing websites akin to Positive Artwork America. 

A lot of Rutkowski’s artworks have been scraped from ArtStation, a web site the place plenty of artists add their on-line portfolios. His recognition as an AI immediate stems from numerous causes.

“Secret Go – Eagle Nest” is a private work featured in Rutkowski’s ArtStation portfolio.


First, his fantastical and ethereal model appears very cool. He’s additionally prolific, and plenty of of his illustrations can be found on-line in excessive sufficient high quality, so there are many examples to select from. An early text-to-image generator referred to as Disco Diffusion provided Rutkowski for example immediate. 

Rutkowski has additionally added alt textual content in English when importing his work on-line. These descriptions of the pictures are helpful for folks with visible impairments who use display screen reader software program, they usually assist search engines like google and yahoo rank the pictures as properly. This additionally makes them straightforward to scrape, and the AI mannequin is aware of which pictures are related to prompts. 

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