I asked AI what it wanted me to draw for it

Instead of asking it to draw something I prompted, I did it for it. How did it go?

Martino Pietropoli


Inspired by an article by Chaz Hutton who told how he had ChatGPT suggest cartoons for him to draw, I decided to push the boundary of the experiment a little further: I asked ChatGPT what it wanted me to draw, in a much broader way, since the only constraints were — at least initially — to ask me to draw abstract or figurative art only.

In short, I thought it could be interesting to reverse the roles: it on the human side and me on the machine side.

The first two requests were very general:

This is the result:

I tried to follow — to interpret, I should better say — its directions. I don’t know if I succeeded. What I can say as a human with an aesthetic sense is that I am not happy with the result. My responsibility, that’s as far as it goes.

Instead, the second request was for a figurative drawing. I haven’t attached it because for lack of time and desire I did not follow it up.

A different approach

Being sure that such a request did not lead very far, and having confirmed that ChatGPT does not think independently and if it seems to do so it is because it is ruminating on already trite things that resemble autonomous thinking, I circumscribed the conditions a bit, asking it to suggest abstract paintings but “in the manner of.” I chose Klee, Tinguely, Cy Twombly, Tancredi Parmiggiani, Motherwell and Capogrossi.

The request — I did not save the dialogue — was based on the formula I then repeated for each other, namely, “Tell me what you are thinking about in abstract terms and I will draw it for you in the manner of [insert artist].”

Its answers became kind of “what a student would say when he doesn’t know anything and so he just rattles off…



Martino Pietropoli

Architect, photographer, illustrator, writer. L’Indice Totale, The Fluxus and I Love Podcasts, co-founder @ RunLovers | -> http://www.martinopietropoli.com