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Interview with AI Artist Dariusz Palarczyk


We are so happy to introduce you today to Dariusz Palarczyk, a Polish art director turned UX/UI designer whose incredible, evocative AI work is a beautiful 'kaleidoscope of colors and unexpected combinations'.

In this interview, Dariusz shares insights about how he harnesses AI in his creative process and opens up about the frustrations of AI, as well as the thrill of achieving that perfect output which ignites further exploration and refinement.

He casts a keen eye on the broader impact of AI across the creative industries, touching on the role of humans in an AI-driven creative process and the transformation of the job market.

UX/UI Designer
πŸ“ Warsaw, Poland
Apr 5, 2024, 3:52 PM PT
Interview by Paula Vivas

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Dariusz Palarczyk. I live and work in Warsaw, Poland. Professionally, I create and develop digital products as a UX/UI Designer.

I have been involved in the creative industry for many years. I started my career in advertising agencies, where as an Art Director I co-created campaigns for brands such as BMW, Netflix, Orange, and McDonald’s. Although I enjoyed this work, I felt like something was missing – I wanted to create not only “pretty pictures” but also solutions with a real impact on users. Switching to user interface design was a natural step in my career. It is here that I can combine my creative skills with technology, creating solutions that are both visually appealing and functional.

My adventure with creating graphics using AI started very spontaneously. I often test new solutions that can help me in my work. I fell in love with “Midjourney” right away <3 πŸ˜‰

My artistic style is a kaleidoscope of colors and unexpected combinations.

I am constantly looking for new forms of expression, not limiting myself to one aesthetic. I try to break up the subdued compositions with expressive accents, playing with light and texture. I strive to capture the viewer’s attention with something surprising and thought-provoking.

How do you see AI in your creative process?

Artificial intelligence is an integral part of my creative process.

It acts as a “booster” that significantly accelerates the implementation of the ideas I have in mind.

It relieves me of tedious and time-consuming tasks. Thanks to this, I can focus on the vision, concept, and directions in which I want to develop my ideas.

What do you find most frustrating and most rewarding about the process of generating images with AI?

What annoys me the most about AI image generation are those small, irritating details! For example, unnatural-looking hands – it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can ruin the whole composition. Sure, you can quickly fix it with the “Vary Region editor”, but… why do I have to do it?

What’s the most satisfying? That moment when I look at a generated image and think “Oh yeah! That’s it!“. And no, that doesn’t mean I immediately close Midjourney. On the contrary! That’s when I start generating dozens of more versions, experimenting with different settings and parameters to refine the image to perfection.

What kind of skills do you think a good AI creator should have or develop?

In my opinion,

the most important skill for a good AI creator is an open mind.

It’s creativity and a willingness to experiment that are key to creating something truly unique. That’s all! πŸ™‚

Where do you find inspiration?

To be honest, I don’t have a single, go-to source of inspiration. Ideas come to me in different situations, often quite unexpectedly. Sometimes it’s while riding the subway, and sometimes after watching a movie. There’s no rule to it.

What I love about AI is the ability to quickly visualize my ideas. This spontaneous self-expression is key to the creative process for me.

How do you compose your prompts? Do you start with a detailed request or begin with a simpler concept and then refine based on the results?

I usually start with a general concept. However, regardless of whether I start with the general or the specific, the first dozen or so images usually end up in the trash.

I test different things, experiment, until I find something that really “clicks”. So, it’s more a matter of just starting and then refining the desired effect.

Can you share some concepts for prompts that can help achieve great images?

Don’t be afraid to combine different styles and techniques in one prompt. For example, you can combine realistic painting with elements of surrealism.

I like to use the ––style weird parameter.

Adding a touch of weirdness to the prompt has never let me down

and it actually adds originality to the final image. Sometimes a small detail is enough to achieve a unique effect.

However, I minimize the use of the ––stylize parameter. I’m not a fan of overly stylized images. I believe that simple concepts with a strong core are the ones that make the biggest impression.

What creative industries do you think AI will revolutionize the most?

The entire creative industry has already been affected by AI in some way, from art to advertising and entertainment.

Looking to the future, I’m most excited about the changes that are sure to come in video generation. Soon, anyone will be able to create professional videos without the need for complicated equipment or skills. That will be a real revolution!

What are your thoughts on the ethical implications of using AI in creative projects?

The role of humans in the creative process in the age of AI

For me, the key issue is finding a balance between automation and creativity. AI should be treated as a kind of assistant to the creator, helping to express what already exists in our imagination.

The authenticity of AI-generated art

Art is an expression of human creativity. The way we interpret and express it is individual. I believe that AI contributes to the creation of a new form of artistic expression.

The Impact on the creative industry job market

AI does not eliminate, but transforms the job market. Simple, repetitive tasks will be automated, which will force designers to adapt and develop new skills. AI also opens up new career paths, combining art with technology.

The Top 3

Top 3 words to describe your AI-generated work

Top 3 AI creatives whose work stands out to you

Top 3 improvements you wish to see in current AI tools

Top 3 advice for creatives considering starting to experiment with AI

Thank you, Dariusz, for your openness, and your insights. We are looking forward to following your suggestion and add a ‘touch of weirdness’ to our future creations πŸ˜„

Here’s to a journey filled with vibrant colors, unexpected combinations, and, most importantly, the excitement of discovery!

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