In this week, ArtStation—the world’s most popular portfolio site for professional (and amateur!) artists working in the entertainment business—was rocked by protests from its usersafter Epic Games owner refuse to provide in full protect against the growing threat of AI-generated images.
During the first few days of that demonstration, most users only needed to paste a clean, bold image by Alexander Nanitchkovuse repeat numbers so that the front page of the page looks like this:
However, as time went on, ArtStation and Epic refused to offer more suitable products guard for the very artwork their website is designed forthe artists went ahead and decided to create works that were a bit more complex and personal.
I thought I’d highlight some of my favorites in this post. You’ll find links to each artist’s passionate, creative, and deeply human portfolio. in the names under each image.
we first wrote about this story on December 13as more and more AI-generated images appear on ArtStation’s The front page caused a backlash from the artists. Reply, ArtStation’s Epic Games owner speak:
ArtStation’s Content Guidelines do not prohibit the use of AI tools in the creation of artwork that is shared with the community. Which says, ArtStation is a portfolio platform designed to enhance and celebrate originality backed by a community of artists. A user’s portfolio should only contain the artwork they create, and we encourage users to be transparent in this process. Our content guidelines are this.
ArtStation later published an FAQ that sought to “unravel” the problem, but instead only made things worse.implement a policy where users will have to opt out of having the AI scrape their artwork (and even then can’t guarantee the AI won’t scrape it anyway). There are no updates in the dsince then that means the protests have continued, with today’s front page looking the same as last week’s (many images don’t use standards, pasted responses are still anti-AI).