Is AI a Friend or Foe?
Illoguild question #12
With the rise of AI are our jobs in danger or can we use AI to enhance our illustrations?
Members of theare grappling with this question. With startling advancements in artificial intelligence, there is a growing debate about the impact it will have on our profession and us personally. Some members are optimistic about the potential benefits, while others are concerned about the possibility of job displacement.
In this months newsletter, we explore both perspectives and share some surprising results from members who have experimented with AI. Additionally, we have gathered some useful resources and links to help facilitate discussions on this topic.
We are thrilled to announce 3 new books from the illoguild - ‘Mia’s Glamma’ illustrated by Carla Hoffenberg, ‘Timothy’s Tee Time’ illustrated by Katie Stack and ‘Proud Deaf Girl’, illustrated by Brenda Harris.
And lastly, we are excited to showcase the talented illustrator Brenda Harris in our spotlight section
Is AI a friend or foe?
Carla played around with AI and thinks it’s not taking over… yet… but would love to learn to use it better.
Tammy, a self described late adopter of technology, feels that it may be something to take advantage of.
Adam talks about AI conceptually and even dares to say the name Artificial Intelligence is presumptuous and a major part of the problem.
Damjana focuses on humanity and how AI can also be a big positive in our lives.
Here are some other resources on the topic that we found useful.
The School of Visual Storytelling discusses “Can I use AI for my art?” Have a listen here.
For a positive spin on AI art for illustration, Wired writes - “AI will make human art more valuable”. Have a read here.
You can also listen to Alyssa Walker, Design Director at WIRED, and her really positive opinions on AI on the Illustration Department Podcast. Listen here.
And here is the AI controversy explained in 60 seconds.
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Congratulations to Katie Stack on the launch of her picture book Timothy’s Tee Time written by Teddy Myers & Timmy Myers! There is a book launch and first reading on June 21, and the book will also be available on Amazon! This story is truly special and teaches such an important message while also having humor woven throughout it. Read more about it in Katie’s newsletter.
Congratulations to Carla Hoffenberg her picture book Mia’s Glamma written by Josie Montano, which will be officially launched in Australia in July. It’s funny, heartfelt celebration of grand-parenting.
Illoguild Illustrator Spotlight
Brenda is an illustrator, designer, and delicious cinnamon roll maker! She lives with my husband and two rambunctious kiddos in beautiful Colorado, USA. She is a second-generation latina and her artwork is heavily influenced by nature, her love of painting and story telling. She finds so much joy in drawing little details and textures. Her go-to tools are my ink pens, ipad, Procreate app and Adobe programs. She also loves working traditionally with my paints, pastels, and colored pencils. You can find her drinking coffee and making art at her kitchen table any day of the week. She is also very fond of sharing her love of art with others through teaching and connecting with other artists around the world! Shehave a fun little interview at FridayDoodleClub.com if you'd like to get to know her a bit better and check out her website.
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