Mom... Dad... I'm a Glitch Artist.

I started mixing glitch art into my crazy drawings. The unpredictability of it made me not-bored (yay.) The results favorable. =]

Mimicking Glitches

"Bestest Dance Move Ever" by Matt Vaillette

"Bestest Dance Move Ever" by Matt Vaillette

I started by creating fake glitches in Photoshop. I kept it light: Some screen shearing, fuzziness, light channel shifting. Basically, I mucked up my artwork just enough.

"Flow is Key" by Matt Vaillette

"Flow is Key" by Matt Vaillette

But these weren't glitched. They were controlled executions of an aesthetic that looks glitchy.

Databending

Next I moved to databending. This is when you corrupt a file so that it is read differently by the computer. Often, due to the way files are encoded, the results are neat.

A glitch art happy rainbow!

A glitch art happy rainbow!

It can take a lot of patience to get pleasing databent images... so this wasn't really my favorite activity. I've created some collages with databending results.

Mostly, databending shows me what glitches sometimes look like. But as a standalone creative process... Not for me.

Using Code

"When will it stop? (glitched 5)"

"When will it stop? (glitched 5)"

So then I downloaded Processing (a programming language.) I got some glitch art scripts, altered them—and had my PC spit out 20+ variations at a time.

"Fishing with dad (glitched 4)"

"Fishing with dad (glitched 4)"

Like databending, you typically have little control over the result... So it helps to get many attempts done quickly. Computers are good at that. My glitch folders are bursting at the seams with random images.

"Eye On Dancer (glitched 1)"

"Eye On Dancer (glitched 1)"

Surprisingly, a lot of the random noise results in a viable composition. Every time I run my scripts, my creative mind opens up a bit more. The above image for example: Brilliant! And its novelty was the result of a random algorithm.

Combining Them Into One Process

Naturally, being an artist—I'm never happy. The creative process has to constantly change, or I cry. Because I'm bored. I get bored very quickly.

"Scratch 3333 (glitched 15p8316748)" drawing by Matt Vaillette

"Scratch 3333 (glitched 15p8316748)" drawing by Matt Vaillette

I started drawing, glitching, then drawing some more (on the same file.) Then faking some shears and channel shifts. Doing my typical color balance work. A dynamic, unpredictable process.

"The Cuts That Never Heal" by Matt Vaillette

"The Cuts That Never Heal" by Matt Vaillette

The glitching, beyond my control, keeps everything fresh. I never know what I'm gonna get when Processing spits out 40 images... and I never know what I'm going to do with them.

It forces me to really stretch myself. Is this scrap interesting? Viable? What does it say? What can I make it say? And often, you're working against details which are so dominant that you have to build a piece around them.

Nothing is Perfect

"Scratch 333 (glitched 11p7223625)" by Matt Vaillette

"Scratch 333 (glitched 11p7223625)" by Matt Vaillette

So much is left to chance in life, and in glitch art. There's no way for me to be a perfectionist about these drawings. Sure, some I won't show you. A lot of scraps get discarded, too. But even the best piece of glitch art is far from perfect... no matter how long I work on it.