Success AI Stories of Francien Krieg and Roope Rainisto.
A Weekly AI Collective meets promising AI artists & celebrates the results of 2nd Claire Silver AI Art Contest. Ep 3, 2022.
Barcelona, Spain — November 9, 2022 — In the third episode of the Twitter Spaces by A Weekly AI Collective we are introducing the Success Story of Francien Krieg, established traditional artist who transitioned to AI art. We are also meeting Roope Rainisto, the TOP winner of the 2nd AI Art Contest by Claire Silver at the end of the Space and discover his winning submission “Temporary”.
A Weekly AI Collective is dedicated to educate the community about the AI Art Movement, highlight creators who are building it, and shed light to the NFT / blockchain technology which opens the extraordinary potential for expression, collaboration, and monetization of the digital art. A Weekly AI Collective chooses Twitter Spaces as it is an easy way to have free live audio conversations by using your phone on Twitter, the application mostly used by the NFT Community.
Francien Krieg is a Dutch artist who lives in the countryside in the middle of The Netherlands with her two beautiful children and husband, working fulltime in her studio. Francien creates both traditional and AI artworks about the fading beauty and the transcience of life. Her muses reveal a delicate and penetrating story of what it is to be a human being. Her art offers the beholder an a reality check on the aging process that is both compelling and jarringly prophetic. With an artistic career spanning two decades, Francien’s work was picked up by art collectors, major galleries and art fairs worldwide such as Scope Basel, Realisme Amsterdam, Robert Lange Studios USA, Townsend atelier Women painting women [r]evolution, USA, Beinart Gallery named Strak realisme, Figurativas 2017/ 2019/ 2020 at MEAM in Barcelona, Spain etc. Francien´s career development brought her art to the Dutch Portrait Award nomination and publication of her own book dedicated to her journey as an artist (2018). Francien´s work can be collected on Objkt.com, Opensea, SuperRare and MUsee. For the AI artworks specifically go and check the following links: Objkt.com and Foundation. We invite you to discover a three-page article by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine dedicated to Francien (2021).
Website of the artist — https://linktr.ee/francienkrieg
The questions that we asked Francien Krieg are:
- Can you tell us a brief overview of your career and your work as a traditional artist before you started working with AI?
- How did you feel the first time you were introduced to AI?
- How did you start applying AI in your creative process?
- What the first AI artwork you ever minted as an NFT and your most favorite artwork so far and why?
- What is the most challenging and most liberating part of using AI from your perspective?
- What are your strategies and techniques for community building?
- How do you imagine the evolution of tech in the near future? And how do you imagine your career evolving?
- What would you recommend to those who are about to start their journey as AI artists in the border of 2022 and 2023?
- Have you had a chance to speak with the traditional art galleries and institutions about NFT and AI Art? Have you had experience of introducing the arts that were sold in a physical world as NFTs and if you had any prior agreement with the collectors?
Francien Krieg´s quotes:
“When I first started with the AI I was sceptical but it made me curious. I started to play on MidJourney and I thought it was easy. Painting for 3 weeks and getting one result and suddenly I could make a hundred paintings a day. I started exploring more and more and discovered it is not easy to make something good. I became addicted and could not stop. I felt like a little child. I went in full time on AI, non-stop. Sometimes I said to myself, I have to paint today, but I noticed I did not have any pleasure for painting anymore. It made me insecure about my work, because with AI everything is so impressive. Suddenly I felt that painting is such a slow process. My world was upside down for a couple of weeks-one month. And then slowly on I tried to make the connection between two worlds. Now I use the AI as a reference for my paintings and also produce AI art inspired in my traditional works.”
“AI references are people who do not exist, there is no story behind it. It is a completely different way of working. It has so much potential that I do want to put my time on it and see where it is going. Sometimes the output characters look so real that you can imagine that they are alive. Now I am using both, my own references and AI. I would love to make the AI collaborations with other artists.”
“Older women are young inside.”
“For me the biggest challenge is make less editing when using the AI. The whole process is like a miracle the whole process.”
“I have had 300 outputs today. You should a tough curator for yourself, only go with the very best. Maybe in the future you will only have to think of an image and it pops on a 3D hologram.”
“Since it is an artifical tool it is imporant that the output has some empathy and something human. It is what the art should do — touching, shaking, making think, and waking up.”
Roope Rainisto from Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland. Roope is a creator, artist, consultant, and screenwriter with a passion for storytelling. Roope is a design lead with over 20 years of experience in leading and creating user experience work for a wide range of devices and services. Roope is an inventor in over 50 published patents or patent applications on varios user experience innovations. Among his clients are Microsoft and Nokia. Roope’s AI-Assisted work pursues timeless themes like transcendence, rebirth, interconnectivity, simulated reality, and simulations. Roope Rainisto creates works that combine filmed images and music to envelop the viewer in image and sound. Roope explores the boundaries between what is real and what is virtual, what is natural and what is artificial. He pushes the capabilities of AI solutions to their limits, harnessing and combining complex technological solutions in disruptive ways.
“Temporary” by Roope Rainisto is the TOP winning submission at the 2nd edition of the AI Art Contest by Claire Silver among over 1800 submissions. “Temporary” is a 37 second AI dance video with an original sound which represents the abstract composition of two ballet dancers who merge in one mysterious body full of light to impart to the viewer a transcendental experience of their own.
Website of the artist — linktr.ee/rainisto
Roope Rainisto´s quotes:
“I have been taking photos for more than 30 years and then I started doing AI for 15 months with 12 months dedicted to dance videos. I have always wanted to have a virtual camera. Now I do not need a real camera anymore.”
“I am highly interested in how to use the AI technology to reinvent the dance videos. I see a lot of potential in combing how people see the dance and how the computer tries to understand and expresses the movement in a new way.”
“My way to celebrate the 1st award at Claire Silver AI Art Contest is to take it as a positive signal and continue the exploration. I am now working on a brand-new video at the end as we speak. The next video I am doing should be the best one — that should be the goal for each person. I am taking the TOP prize at the Contest as a sign that I might be doing something interesting. This is the main reward for me.”
“Since the systems know so much, they know the representations of people from all over the world. In this video there are 2 dancers. I trained a custom dreamboat version for this video which through outrunning interpolates between hunderds of thousands of people in a way. Even though I know the source material, the AI taps into the existence of all arts. I always think of this as a hybrid thing.
“I like to create stuff that is not only realistic, nor not only completely artificial. My art aims to be both. Sometimes it succeeds, sometimes it does not. The exciting thing is create something that is not yet done.”
“If you use DALL-E or Midjourney, they currently don’t really support video creation. If you are familiar with using Google Colab’s, running Stable Diffusion through the various notebooks, “Deforum” for instance, the video and animation options are built into those. On a really high level there are two main ways to create animations: 1) Start from scratch. Everything in the video is generated. And then the content animates, or the camera zooms in or moves, and more content gets generated. 2) Start from an existing video. You can give the AI any video and use that similar to how one would use in it images. (A video is just a series of images.) It splits the video into hundreds of frames, and then does the edit one by one. You can set how much you want it to change from the original video, and then you pull the resulting frames back together as a video. For those that have a powerful PC at home (good GPU card), my personal recommendation is this app called Visions of Chaos ( https://softology.pro/vocrev.htm ) — install it and it allows you to create all kinds of AI animations (as well as still images). 90% of everything I do is by running that. Then there are multiple ways to go on from that — narrow paths you can do, techniques you can combine etc. — but for a primer it is good to try to not make it too complicated. One more tip I would share: Youtube is currently really good at long, detailed tutorials. So search for “AI art videos” or “AI video tutorial” and you will find TONS of great videos where it is shown really step by step how something gets done.”
Thanks to Roope for the tips. Thanks so much to everyone who made the AWAIC Ep 3 possible. And thanks to you for reading. If you find this article useful, please consider sharing with your favorite AI friends and fellow AI communities. They will love it!
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