Exploring the Weird, Wild, Sometimes Misshapen World of DIY Erotic AI Art

by Erin Virgil 

Ever wanted to do a boudoir photo shoot but didn’t go through with it because of time, money, or an unwillingness to disrobe in front of the lens? AI avatars can give you the opportunity to be an erotic model—while still in your pj’s. DIY fantasy art is easy to make: All you need is 10 or more photos of yourself, and not even the best ones in your phone. Especially cool if you want to see yourself in a new light, AI products can generate avatars that are often as sexy as they are unexpected. 

Plenty of free or low-fee photo apps offer users the ability to change looks with their artificial intelligence models. AI avatars can let you play with gender, body type, and even species. Always wanted to be a buxom elf? Key words let you customize your avatar: vampire, fairy, demon, sexy nurse—the only limit is your imagination.

When it comes to cost, a lot of the apps that were free last year have introduced fees for customization—like the option to add keywords, which makes a meaningful difference in the resulting images. You’ll still be able to make pretty porn for free, but you can’t direct it as easily. Current monthly fees for premium features include $7.99 for FaceTune, $3.99 for Lensa, $8.99 for Fotor, and $20 for Dall-E, which works as part of ChatGPT Plus. With Dall-E, you don’t even need source photos, just text prompts, so that’s an option if you want to create a completely new avatar based on whatever body details and costumes you feel like inputting.

Some AI image generators started out by just touching up photos, but the technology has progressed considerably in the last few years. Even so, there are body parts that AI is still struggling to comprehend. Ears, limbs, and hands, in particular, may come out weird or disproportionate. These quirks can still give you sexy—if sci-fi-tinged—images, though. Seeing your avatar getting felt up by a three-armed partner can be titillating! 

There are reasons, however, to pause before you begin playing around with these apps. AI image generators are trained on available data, and this data is often problematic. Stable Diffusion, owned by Stability AI, trained its model with a German non-profit’s data sets (LAION), which scraped six billion images off the internet without copyrights or watermarks. The AI trained by studying the work of real artists—then started copying those styles without attribution. Several artist-initiated lawsuits are in process, including a class action suit against Stability AI. 

Privacy is another issue. Many user agreements specify that the companies generating your AI avatars can use your images for their own purposes, and the fine print can be daunting. Reading through Lensa’s privacy policy yields this information: “We do not use your personal data to train and/or create separate artificial intelligence/products.” That’s comforting until you remember that its AI was trained on the freely available images of everyone whose face and body were on the internet in 2022 or before. Do your research to ensure your AI use is ethical and safe.

If you want to see some spicy new versions of yourself, DIY avatars are certainly worth a shot. There’s value in enjoying your body in imaginative fantasy scenarios because images actually influence our thoughts. Once you initiate this process, you’ll be harnessing the latest technology to see yourself in an entirely new way. 

Images made with the Facetune AI app 

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