Fans are furious at AI art generator for imitating illustrator

An AI-generated illustration in the style of Kim Jung Gi
(Image credit: 5You)

AI art has been causing massive controversy since the release of the latest generation of text-to-image generators, and the backlash shows no sign of going away. Now fans of an acclaimed South Korean illustrator are livid after someone created an AI model that replicates the artist's style just days after he passed away.

If you're not sure how AI art generators work, see our guide to how to use DALL-E 2, which is one of the most popular of the new generation of synths. Basically, they've been trained using many thousands of images and captions to allow users to create art by typing a short text prompt. Some open-source generators allow users to create their own models by giving them further training on specific image sets – and some people don't see that as a fitting tribute to an artist.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.