The Green Bird Portraits

Continuing my ambition to catalogue my “older” pieces of AI art (the works here were created about two years ago, in 2022, which is ancient in AI terms), I present my Green Bird Portraits, both in triptych and as solos.

The Green Bird Portraits, triptych.

Looking back at the pieces from this era (I’m gonna refer to the stretch of time as that), I’m already feeling sad and deeply nostalgic because I thought I’d have many more chances to create and curate under those parameters. Unfortunately, the models for these AI platforms are getting constantly updated to become “better” (i.e. the results are more exact, and often uncanny), and it’s costing us the fuzzier and odder outputs that the older models specialized in. It’s these weird images that drew me to AI art in the first place, and while I’ve no doubt models will eventually have a filter that mirrors this “old style” of AI, we’ll never be able to recreate the days when the results were this pure.

Portrait #1

To speak about the Green Bird Portraits directly, it was in generating and curating the outputs for this series that I first came to understand the scope of what text-to-image generation was capable of. My process with AI has never been to generate for specific pictures, rather it was about finding the limits of what’s possible within the models, and then drilling drown as far as I could to find visually-pleasing outputs. While the pictures are far from being technically perfect, it’s the rawness that makes them special, especially now that that’s a scarce trait. I like when the viewer’s eye has to do some work in order to see the pictures.

Portrait #2

Today these Green Bird Portraits resonate with me more deeply than ever, not only because of the journey that took me to them, but because I think the selected outputs have aged well. I’m not sure when I’ll make them available for sale (the world as a whole still badly misunderstands the value of digital art), but I’m in no rush to part with them because I derive more pleasure from owning them in my own collection than I would selling them into someone else’s.

Portrait #3

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