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You've been hearing about this A.I. stuff.

    They said artificial intelligence would mean the end of work: The machine would do all the menial labor, leaving humankind to spend its days expanding its horizons, creating art, and writing poetry.
Instead, the machine spends its days expanding its horizons, creating art, and writing poetry, while humankind does all the menial labor.
So far, so good.
    Ben Tripp loves working with this technology. He’s presently at the forefront of image-creation experts. His long-term digital montage technique is perfectly adapted to the use of AI-generated elements; machine images can’t yet match human output without the intervention of a skilled hand. 
   Textual AI has accelerated his writing process. The machine assists him with research, inquiry, translation, and data preparation, although its written output isn’t yet to his taste. You won’t get any AI writing from Tripp, but the AI streamlines his process.
These examples of AI/human collaborative artwork range from totally human to almost totally AI. Ideally, you can’t tell the difference.

The below show a practical application of AI imagery: These are 'lookbook' illustrations for a TV concept based on one of Tripp's novels, Fifth House of the Heart. They show moments and characters from the book, as translated into the TV format.


The story revolves around Sax, an elderly antiques dealer, who hunts vampires because they have the best antiques.

These aren't your sparkly, love-lorn vampires. These are inhuman monsters who hide among us in order to feed. The novel is a blend of rollicking globe-trotting adventure and stark horror.

These pictures help convey the range of moods to be found in the story. They're entirely AI-generated, heavily manipulated and reworked.

Contrast these with Tripp's book trailer for the same novel, which is a blend of digital matte paintings, stock footage, and special effects including animation, both practical and digital.

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