Digital nonsense

23 August 2017

Outline Amy - pixel sorting
I'm always finding new ways to work digitally and traditionally with my art. Whatever 'my art' is? I've known how to do glitch-y things for ages (see last weeks post) but wanted to try something else. I stumbled across Jessica's art a little while ago and saw she did a lot of pixel sorting.

I've only ever really achieved that kind of effect via Photoshop filters and actions (if you're a bit lazy). I guess the downside of these methods is that the resolution of the said sorted pixels is kind of rubbish. Fine for showing online, on a screen but if I printed it off it would be pants.

Through Jessica's post on pixel sorting, I discovered a new way to do this, and also a whole new world of cool stuff I didn't know existed. I just needed to have a go, so I stopped living vicariously.

Outline Amy - pixel sorting

You can use a piece of visual arts software called Processing to do a bunch of crazy s*** to your designs, photos, whatever you want. The script for pixel sorting in Processing was created by Kim Asendorf and you can download it here. It's pretty darn cool to see an image change before your eyes, running in a little Java pop-up to create beautiful things. I ran the script with a couple of photos I took waaaayyy back in 2010 when I visited New York City. You know, those two pics above, up there, ahoy.

Then I found out you could do this thing called generative drawing with Processing. (I blame falling into a Google hole, Tumblr and Jessica for this). The generative drawing script is part of this massive bundle of scripts. I've seen Jessica and a few other artists use this technique, and I had to try it out. I'd recently messed around with some watercolours that I intended to turn into something digital, so here was my starting point and a couple of the end results.

Outline Amy - generative drawing
I'm not sure where my original watercolour got saved, I live with a Mac desktop of chaos. So the above image is what I cropped, adjusted the colours and brightness of, and used a bit of the 'Wind' filter on. 

The script basically saves itself as is goes along so you can access the image when the lines that have been produced are less dense or prominent. I did the first edit about half way through the amount of time I let the script run. The other two are the same image of the lines, I think at least, I just edited them differently in Photoshop.

I'm pretty damn pleased with the results. I have to say that the generative drawing script just blew me away. Whatever I tried it with was just magic. I'm still a pixel sort and channel-shift glitch girl at heart, but this has made me want to do more things digitally. I'm excited to use these techniques to distort and glitch images with other work too.

Anyway, I hope you liked my experiments with glitch art and if you give it a go, lemme know in the comments. See ya next time!

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