The pros and cons of generative AI

The pros and cons of AI; a robot hunts a man
(Image credit: Martin Nebelong)

The rise of generative AI needs to be put into context, so I'm going to explain the pros and cons of using AI in art creation. But first, let's reflect… I was born in the 1980s and witnessed the transition from computers as a novelty, to them being in most homes. As a child, I loved to draw and paint. I loved to explore everything you could do with computers and creative work.

As I grew up and started doing more serious digital artwork, I would often hear the “it's just pushing a button” comment when I people discussed digital art. I could easily brush that off and explain patiently, that a computer and Photoshop were like an advanced pencil. Just tools where I still did the creative work.

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Martin Nebelong
Freelance artist

Martin is a freelance illustrator living in Denmark, with more than 17 years of professional art and illustration experience. He holds a BA and MA in Digital Design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Martin's client list includes: Media Molecule, The UN, Sony, Facebook, LEGO, DR (Danish state TV), TV2, Adobe, WACOM, Nestlé, B&O, Spigo, MasterpieceVR, Oculus and various small and large companies.