Anna’s Top 5 “Why Art Directors should work with Illustrators over using AI Art”

Illustration / Luca Di Battista


  1. Human Touch and Creativity: Illustrators bring a unique, human touch to their work. They infuse their personal style, emotions, and creativity into their illustrations, creating a more emotionally resonant and unique piece. AI, on the other hand, lacks the human touch and might produce standardized or predictable outcomes.

  3. Customization and Originality: Illustrators can create original artwork tailored to the specific needs and vision of the project. They can adapt, refine, or modify their work based on feedback, ensuring the final output is exactly what the art director and the project demand. AI-generated art might lack the level of customization and uniqueness desired for a particular project.

  5. Versatility and Adaptability: Illustrators are flexible and can adapt their style to match the project’s requirements. They offer a wide range of artistic techniques and styles, whereas AI-generated art might be limited by the algorithms or models used to create it.

  7. Collaboration and Communication: Working with an illustrator involves a level of collaboration and communication that AI cannot replicate. This interaction often results in a more profound understanding of the project’s objectives and allows for better alignment between the art director’s vision and the artist’s creation.

  9. Emotional Connection: Illustrators create from the heart. They can evoke emotions and storytelling elements more effectively through their art, as they can interpret and translate ideas into visual narratives. This ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level is a valuable aspect that AI-generated art struggles to achieve.


While AI can be a valuable tool in the creative process, it often serves as a complement to human creativity rather than a full substitute. Art directors and illustrators can work in tandem, leveraging the strengths of both human creativity and technological advancements to create compelling and impactful visual content.