AI Art Generators—Are they for you?

In which the author answers a few questions you may have about AI art.

Question #1: Can AI art generators create good art for children’s books?

Maybe. This would take some doing and some skill, but I think it’s possible now. And I’m sure in the future it will get to the point of excellence. However, some ethical questions still need to be answered before you invest serious money. If you’re a picture-book writer, I suggest you start investigating AI illustrations now. The book below was generated with AI illustrations. You can learn more about it and the controversy of plagiarism HERE,

Question #2: Can AI art generators create a bumble bee with chicken legs?

No. Well, at least the three I tried couldn’t. See below for Fotor’s image.

And here’s try #1 from DALL-E 2.

Here’s DALL-E 2’s second try with a better description.

So it seems I might be able to eventually get a bee with the legs of a chicken, but it may take several tries.

Question #3: What’s the future of AI generated art?

Bright. It’s here to stay. It’s fast and affordable. I think of it like processed food. Minute Maid orange juice took the market by storm. Then processed food exploded. We now have Uncrustables, prepared peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (as if making a PB&J is difficult, but to each his or her own). But we also have delicious Trader Joe’s orange chicken. This time next year, I can almost guarantee you will have purchased something with AI generated art. It’s already flooding blog sites. If you’re a blogger, read more HERE.

Marianne Hering

Marianne Hering was a founding editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine. Since then she’s been writing for children and editing Christian books for adults. Find out more about the Imagination Station book series that has sold more than 1 million copies at She recently accepted a job at David C Cook as a writer/editor. To schedule a free 30-minute children’s book coaching call, email Follow her on Facebook and Instagram

4 thoughts on “AI Art Generators—Are they for you?

  1. I’m on the fence about AI. I can see the benefits for bloggers in creating images or infographics or enhancing fonts and headers, but as a children’s writer and up-and-coming illustrator, I worry it can be abused. Would I use it myself? Probably not at this time since I’m trying to be my own creative outlet for the projects I’m working on.

  2. Maybe for some graphic novels or nonfiction books with simple graphic needs, but cutting out true artistry goes against the grain and seems like computer-generated writing, which I wouldn’t want to use as a shortcut to real writing craft.

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