Long have I wanted to create an art/RPG book that explores the world in which I write. I’ve written about this desire a couple of times in the past on this blog but never had the means to do so in a timely manner.
A sourcebook with all the details of the world; maps, locations, technical style drawings, portraits and all manner of visual treats. With the development of AI art; this if finally something I can achieve. I can run my ideas through an engineer and have a visual reference for a certain aspect of the work within minutes.
There are a lot of negative thoughts surrounding AI art and this isn’t a topic I’d like to get into overmuch; I can understand the fears and concerns surrounding it. But, once upon a time, digital art wasn’t considered real art, either. All I am going to say is that one of my books; There’s an Orc in my Court, wouldn’t exist without AI art as it was an image I generated on a free trial that delivered Sethraun, the main character of that book, to me. I find it a useful tool and I shall continue to use it. I shall also continue to use, commission and support human artists too, both are useful tools.
Having said that, this isn’t a book that is going to be commercially available and will be a long time in the making; but hitting the ground running is where I want to be this year in terms of writing and creating worlds.