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


Rutkowski was initially shocked however thought it is perhaps a great way to succeed in new audiences. Then he tried looking for his identify to see if a chunk he had labored on had been printed. The net search introduced again work that had his identify connected to it however wasn’t his. 

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

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

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

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


First, his fantastical and ethereal model appears to be like 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 known as Disco Diffusion supplied Rutkowski for example immediate. 

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