A versatile and amorphous art, creative code can be articulated in whatever way an artist imagines. Also referred to as generative or algorithmic art, sketches display the visual complexity of intricate geometric patterns, particle systems, and other powerful programming structures. By making in code, artists and programmers are afforded greater control in the construction of expressive works and invention of unique applications for software.

Digital artists can design code by merging various interactive technologies. Here are some examples of standout generative art from members of the creative code and new media community.

Chelley Sherman

San Francisco-based digital artist Chelley Sherman creates dark, other-worldly coding projects that seem to evoke a mysterious energy. Her visualizations simulate thriving ecosystems that bombard and captivate the viewers’ senses.

Follow her on Instagram at @chelleysherman

Dispersion by Chelley Sherman
Semniotic by Chelley Sherman

JP Yepez

Based in New Zealand, new media artist and researcher JP Yepez incorporates different practices such as creative coding and sound design into his generative sketches. His work often boasts a glitch aesthetic and explores “expressivity, multimodality, and complex systems.”

Follow him on Instagram at @jpyepez

Red Shift by JP Yepez.
Black Rock by JP Yepez

Matt DesLauriers

Creative coder Matt DesLauriers makes stunning algorithmic art that plays with a balance of light and geometry. In addition to working in code, he also uses laser cutting, pen plotting, and makes physical prints of his art.

Follow him on Instagram at @mattdesl_art

Art by Matt DesLauriers
Art by Matt DesLauriers

Sebastian Monroy

With a background in coding and game development, Sebastian Monroy makes complex and mechanical motion graphics. Vivid and richly detailed, the renders have a contorted, puzzle-like quality that is mesmerizing to watch. His art is also available for purchase here.

Follow him on Instagram at @smokelore

Phyllotaxis by Sebastian Monroy.
Sine Line by Sebastian Monroy.

Jessica In

Sharp forms and thin lines make up the striking complexity in the visualizations created by artist Jessica In. Physics and mathematics are clear inspirations of her work, with small movements enough to transform basic shapes into unique animations.

Follow her on Instagram @shedrawswithcode

Sphere 3D by Jessica In.
Bezier Field by Jessica In.

Sean Zellmer

Looking at the luminous, holographic works of Sean Zellmer is like stepping into a kaleidoscopic dream. His work emulates paintings that come to life, featuring bright, shape-shifting visuals and distorted patterns.

Follow him on Instagram at @lejeunerenard

Future by Sean Zellmer.
Triply Twisted Mobius Space by Sean Zellmer.

Jo Vassar

Taking on a variety of forms and visual styles, generative artist Jo Vassar creates abstract graphics made with TouchDesigner. Vassar’s work boasts many different textures and color palettes that aren’t confined by a specific theme.

Follow him on Instagram at @tenorless_

“Smog”. Art by Joe Vassar
“Paper Cup”. Art by Joe Vassar

Alida Sun

Using tools like Processing and Deep Dream, Futurist artist Alida Sun employs programming and projection mapping technology in her light installations that flood the senses. Often centering herself within the frames of her structures, she exposes the clash that results from competing dualities: light and dark, corporeal and abstract, order and chaos.

Follow her on Instagram @alidasun

Crescent Shiver by Alida Sun.
Bright AV Shadow Room installation by Alida Sun.

Create generative art of your own by enrolling in our creative technology courses below:

Creative Programming for Audiovisual Art

Goldsmiths, University of London


Generative Art and Computational Creativity

Simon Fraser University



The Nature of Code

Processing Foundation



Introduction to p5.js

University of California, Los Angeles