Earlier this year we reported that a Japanese software engineer “高坂 (@t_takasaka)” began the development of a program that generates anime-style illustrations based on a simple sketch made by the user. The developer made a new update on this application, and wrote:
- «I’m experimenting with automatically generating illustrations, animations, and 3D models from a single sketch in real time. The shape, color and texture of the pieces can be changed using the UI sliders, and a random selection can be made. The system aims to help creative people, from creators to people who have never painted».
The video was shared on a popular traffic forum in Japan, where it prompted comments such as:
- «It seems quite useful for creating original characters».
- «Sometimes the advancement of technology is cruel to some, in this case, to artists».
- «If the whole body can be generated later, you won’t need an illustrator in the future».
- «Artificial intelligence should be an aid, not a substitute for humans».
- «Great, the day will soon come when scum illustrators like me will be gone».
- «Can’t this work in the animation industry?».
- «What painters can not draw really want».
- «Well, now I can also draw with my left hand».
- «Fortunately those with a style outside of copy and paste will still have work but really this is terrible for those with such a typical style».
- «Here they come! This program will take your jobs!».
- «This is great, but what about all the time I spent learning to draw and the equipment/software I bought?».
- «Experiment with automatic generation of diagrams, animations and 3D models in real time from a single sketch. You can change the shape, color and texture of the pieces with the sliders in the UI, and you can also choose them randomly…»
- «And that’s how I’ll lose my job».
- «Gradually artists will become an endangered species».