ArtStation is an art platform that allows creators to share and display their works. Recently, there has been a wave of angry protests from creators on the website. According to “VICE”, users have replaced the headshots of their personal files with the pattern of “forbidden AI”, and attached the title “Reject images generated by artificial intelligence”. Protesting to ArtStation that AI-generated graphics are too rampant on the site.
AI image generation comes from the creator’s painstaking efforts, triggering criticism from the art world
For the creators of the ArtStation platform, displaying their painstaking works and AI-generated images on the website at the same time is like humiliating their personality and denying the time and skills the creators have invested in their works.
The use of AI image generation tools is constantly being bombarded by artists. The reason is that the AI system grabs the creations of artists on the Internet, mixes or copies different elements to generate new works, and re-uploads these “new works” without indicating the source or signature at all.
Putting on the “ban AI” pattern, the artist launched a protest call
According to a comprehensive report by “arstechica”, this online protest was initially initiated by a Bulgarian artist, Alexander Nanitchkov, who posted on Twitter on December 5 that the current trend of “AI art” on the Internet was built on the basis of dozens of Created by the work of thousands of artists and photographers; billions of paintings and images each of whom spent time and effort and dedication to create, are now being stolen and profited from without a shred of ethics.
Nanitchkov also attached a distinctive logo to the article, covering the white capitalized AI letters with a red circular deletion symbol. This logo quickly spread on the ArtStation website and has become a representative image of users responding to this protest.
In addition, illustrator Nicholas Kole also told “VICE” that seeing the creators on the platform began to put the logo on the head stickers as a statement, he felt a glimmer of hope and the unity of fellow creators. However, as the AI-generated image once again occupied the page with a large number of posts, Nicholas also began to post the same logo image to join the ranks of protests, hoping to keep the topic hot.