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This is excellent therapy for a worrier. Which I am.— Becky
AI-generated art has been a growing trend in recent years. It's often in the news associated with things like cryptocurrency (NFTs), deepfakes, and the potential for dangerous applications; but there's one under-reported aspect of AI art that's obvious to anyone who's tried it - it's surprisingly therapeutic.
It's no secret that finding a creative outlet can help with stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and other mental health conditions. But until now, creative outlets were a lot harder to find. The advantage of AI Art as a form of therapy is that it's so easy to start - you don't need any existing skills.
It's surprisingly therapeutic
You can't imagine how much good it has done me to be able to create "art" without being an artist. It's therapeutic.— Oscar
One of the goals of art therapy is to delve into your inner thoughts and emotions as part of a creative process. In the context of AI (artificial intelligence)- assisted art therapy, that might be as simple as writing down some of the things you feel in a 'text prompt' for the AI.
Of course, that's not the only way to get the therapeutic benefits from AI art. Many people simply like to see beautiful artworks and get a thrill - even a sense of pride - from the fact that they created it.
A big part of AI Art (not just from a therapy point-of-view) is in finding - and then honing - your own artistic style. Maybe you'll discover that you really like the way the AI portrays underwater landscapes, or robots. Perhaps you'll find that when you include the names of a few particular artists in your prompt, you get something truly unique that you can call 'your own style'.
Once you've found a style, or a subject that you enjoy, keep going! Hone your style, find more keywords that improve it, try using the style on different subjects. If you try enough combinations, you'll become an expert on using your style.
Once you've developed your own style (or a few styles you like), the next challenge is dreaming up new 'subjects' to generate in your style. Many artists on NightCafe keep a notebook (or spreadsheet, note in their phone, etc) of "prompts to try" so that if they think of an interesting prompt idea, they can add it to their list to try later.
Once you've got a list of things to try, you'll never feel like you're lacking inspiration, or lost for ideas. Having this list can really help overcome the 'what should I create' hurdle on days where you feel particularly stressed, tired or depressed.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few different methods of creating art with AI, but the most popular category of methods is "text-to-image", which involves giving the AI algorithm a text prompt and letting it generate an image based on that prompt.
AI can be used for art therapy. Using artificial intelligence to create artworks can be very therapeutic, and can help with stress, winding down, self-esteem, depression and other mental health issues.
Hi, loving this site. It is proving to be an art-therapy solution for my tired, aching brain.— Derek
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