Illustrator Kelly McKernan reveals the raw impact of AI on artists' lives

AI art; a woman paints at an easel
(Image credit: Kelly McKernan)

AI art is having an impact and it's not all positive. Kelly McKernan is a successful fantasy artist with clients that include Dark Horse Comics, Stranger Things and our sister magazine ImagineFX. She has spent ten years honing her skill, building a career and creating popular art, and it could all be over because of generative AI.

"Honestly," she says, "I feel violated". Her voice breaks slightly and there's an anxious laugh, the kind that is released when all hope is lost. The thought of losing her art career because of generative AI has left her feeling dejected.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.