This is the one hundred fourteenth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.
Our next random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is smearing glitchy patterns everywhere. It’s Glitch Brushes: Maze & Organic Textures, by Dataerase, and its tagline in the bundle reads:
once again you can digitally paint with power of glitch!
If you are excited for a videogame about painting with glitches, I’m afraid I must disappoint you. This one is, like the last entry, a pack of assets rather than a game. This time, it’s a set of digital brushes for making digital art. With glitches.
Not that I knew that at first. The itch page contains remarkably little information. It merely states that it contains 8 maze texture brushes and 15 organic glitchy brushes, in ABR format. From looking at user comments, I eventually realized that these are importable brushes for image editing software like Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint (to use two examples commentors asked about). These then become available as brush tools within the software, letting artists paint in swaths of intricate, glitchy textures. In fact, this is the third such brush pack from Dataerase, and the other two — Glitch Pixel Brushes II and Glitch Brushes: Dithering and Text — are also included in the bundle.
I am not a visual artist, nor do I own any fancy image editing software into which I could load these brushes. But if you like the idea of painting with glitches, this pack (and the other two) are worth a look. If you missed it in the bundle, Glitch Brushes: Maze & Organic Textures is sold for a minimum price of $5, as are the other two packs. An affordable way to start making some glitchy art.
That’s 114 down, and only 1627 to go!