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I just read a (what i think) a really good article: petapixel.com/2013/10/07/insta…

I really enjoy learn about the history of photography. For me, fractal and photography have a close relationship by the way they were received by the art community on their early day.

I don't know, but I still think that fractal haven't got a serious appreciation from the art community. I think the reason is because fractal is somewhat looks very abstract for some people. And the abstraction of fractal can't say much things unless the creator say something about their creation or what they want to say with their creation. But on the other hand, abstract painting and painter already have the appreciation they deserve, and that's because the painter did not only paint. They have something to say with their painting. If so, then I think art is more about thought than creation.
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hello everyone :iconsmallwaveplz:
it's been a very long time since i wrote my latest journal. :D

first, i want to say thanks to SaTaNiA for featuring my work as DD :D
thank you for all  your nice comments and faves on that piece. it really made my day a beautiful day.. :blowkiss:
also, i want to say welcome and thank you for my new watchers. thank you for your kindness to follow my work.. :)
and, for those who interested in fractal, you should join the #Aposhack chatroom.. :eager: I learn so many thing about fractal there, and if you want learn many thing about fractal, you should be there too. :eager:

okay, so.. i want to share about a fractal that i think is the most epic fractal that i've ever seen so far.. it's zy0rg's Six

I've seen the param.. it full of xaos play.. really complex.. and it makes me faint.. :faint: not only a very technical fractal piece, but also a really great work of art..

Six by zy0rg

I really love zy0rg's fractal because it really 'fractally'.. you know, complex and minimal work of art at the same time.. :)

so, that's my opinion about the most epic fractal i've ever seen so far.
which fractal do you think is the most epic fractal that you've ever seen so far? :)
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Interview with kr0mat1k




Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with kr0mat1k. Please enjoy my interview with him. :ahoy:
can you please introduce yourself?

    My name is Geoffroy, I'm 41, from France, studied Arts at school, had many different jobs, and I'm actually a stage sound ingeneer.


What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    That's a big question ! Since I can remember, I've always been a science-fiction addict, comics, movies, litterature, TV series.....everything. I was fascinated by those psychedelic environments and colors. Then we got an Amstrad cpc464 (yes the one with the tape recorder =D), and I found in a coding book some examples on how to create a computer generated image. It was basically geometric patterns and some kind of rose-window pictures. I found some similarity between these images and what I liked in the sci-fi world. This was terrible, I had to type pages of code to "render" a simple geometric shape. But it was so addictive. I spent days trying to mix different parts of codes, that I didn't understand, to get different shapes. I guess it was my first incursion in the CGI world. As I said, I studied Arts, but, in France, at the end of the 80's, computers were a fringe area.....yeah you know, we invented Minitel ! And you know how frenchies are, minitel was far more interesting than this internet thing. So I mostly studied traditional Arts, a bit of photography and video. When i got my first own computer, Windows 95 just arrived, 3DSMax was still called 3DS4 and was booting in DOS mode, it was the time of Photoshop 5 if I'm correct, and I found back my lovely tools enhanced by years of development ! There were some fractal generation and pattern repetition plugins for Photoshop (can't remember the name), that's how I made my very first fractals. Later, most of those plugins have been compiled by Corel (I guess), to make a more complete plugin, which was very similar to the actual Fractal Explorer. You can find 2 examples in my scrapbook, made with Photoshop7.


What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

    I like when it has a mood, that means the artist has to control every aspect of his work, shapes, structure, complexity, colors, not just shaking randomly some parameters and put it online. It also needs to be original, watching the same type of combos again and again is just boring sometimes. I prefer quality over quantity, showing a nice enhanced image is a mark of respect for the viewer imo. There are always exceptions, but there's only one n8iveattitude over DA ;)


Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    Whoaaa another really big question :faint: Ok let's start with Art in general. I've always been influenced by music, music is a huge part of my life. But if we talk about painting i would say Rembrandt for the light, Picasso for the shapes, Bacon for the movement, and Tapiès for the texture. On another side, I'm fond of "Art Nouveau", especially Alfons Mucha and Antonio Gaudi, they've both been very influenced by Nature and have injected this organic mood into their Art, not so far from fractals in a way. About fractal Art, my main influences come from DA, I've been very impressed by grinagog, NinthTaboo, ClaireJones, neonrauschen or Zueuk works, they made me understand the power of Apophysis and what's possible with flames. After some more researches, i found a lot of help with the works of SaTaNiA, TyrantWave, guagapunyaimel and how i couldn't mention the famous girly crazy team : n8iveattitude, Fiery-Fire, lindelokse, penny5775, Lucy--C. They've all been, in some way, an influence for me. Actually my fav 2D artists are FractalDesire, Mobilelectro, cyberxaos or pillemaster In the Mandelbulb world, the very first artist to catch my attention has been MANDELWERK, and I guess I'm not the only one in this case :lol: In late december 2010, I decided to test Mandelbulb3D, and not long after that HalTenny put online his now famous 2nd tutorial fav.me/d36kvcu I definitly fell in love with this software. So, about my MDB3D influences, i would randomly mention MANDELWERK, HalTenny, bib993, FractKali, dainbramage1, Len1 or MarkJayBee


what does your art means to you?

    Lots of things ! I'm not a very talkative person, I've always expressed myself through Art. As I said before, I used to paint a lot, had a band for years, been a deejay, created 3D environments.....and now fractals. I just need it, I guess I wouldn't be ok without creating things. And I also need it as a brainfood, I need it as an actor but also as spectator.


Can you please tell us about your creative process?

    Well, it depends a lot of my feelings, my mood, it's like cycles, sometimes I'll produce maybe 5 or 6 fractals in a week, and the other week nothing. Mainly because I'm busy with my life, but i need to be in a creative mood. If I don't feel the need to say something, then it will not work. Sometimes, I want new stuff, so I'll keep on searching for new combos, different looks, some other times I just want to enhance a previous work with fresh ideas. But I often choose to take a direction before starting to work on an image, I mean organic or architectural style. I focus first on the shapes and surfaces, then improve the general view till I get something structured enough to be explored. After that, I try to find an original point of view and improve it again, maybe some slight changes to the formulas to get better details. When I get a nice balanced result, then comes the time of lights and colors, one really important part of the final image. I spend a lot of time on this particular point, as you maybe have noticed.


how do you see the future of fractal art?

    I'd love to see fractals applied to a 3D animation movie for example ! Would be amazing to travel through a fractal environment with a little spaceship. Combining 3D fractals to real 3D animations iz da future , i'd say :p Jesse (creator of Mandelbulb3D), dark-beam and more are doing a great job, they keep on writing new codes, searching for new tools. I just hope they won't stop ! Right now, I'm just dreaming about some 3DSMax tools in the MDB3D animation maker, even if the possibilities are already infinite with the actual tools :giggle: Fractals used as a decoration can be quickly boring, we need to explore other dimensions ;)


Do you enjoy creating any other type of art?

    I still like drawing, painting, sculpting, even if I don't do it as much as I would. I stopped playing guitar, mainly because I'm particularly good at hurting my left hand fingers with various objects. I also have a time-eater hobby (can we call this Art ?) : astrophotography ! For the people who don't know about it, it consists in shooting our solar system objects (moon, sun and planets), and also deep sky objects like, nebulaes, star clusters and deeper, other galaxies ! It's like travelling through time =D


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    Hard to tell, I don't have a specific memory on what pushed me into this, all my visual background attracted me into the fractal world I guess. If we just talk about the DeviantArt community, the one who pushed me into Apophysis should be NinthTaboo and more particularly this flame A Stir Of Echoes by NinthTaboo


Anything else you'd like to say?

    Sure ! Thanks for the opportunity of this interview and thanks to the whole DA fractal community and the #Aposhack team. Keep on fractaling the World :la:
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Hello guys. How are you? hope you are all okay.

Well, um, as you already know, there was a fractal exhibition and workshop last week here in Indonesia and i was asking you guys to participate. so, i'm here to talk about how's the event going.

First of, it was not as i was expected, in the mean of number of guess that come to the workshop. on the facebook event page, the confirmed participant was around 60 person. But it was only around 10 persons who really come to the workshop. it was not as i expected, but it still good because those 10 persons is really excited about fractal art and want to know more about it.

On the workshop session, killythirsk was explaining about the history of fractals, what is fractal, and fractal in our everyday life. Me, i was doing a tutorial on my session. I show them how to make a grand-julian and julian-rings2 fractal with apophysis. It was very strange and fun at the same time. :lol: It feels strange and funny because i have to talk about transforms, variations, weighting, etc to the people who just touch Apophysis for the first time. I was hoping that they didn’t confused by what i said. But from the look of their face, i can’t see that the are a little bit frustrated and confused. :lol: :ashamed:

About the exhibition, there were total 55 images exhibited. The exhibition was started from 10 AM until 4 PM. Sadly, there were no fractal was sold. I don’t know, maybe because the majority of the people who came to the exhibition was students. But that’s alright. They seems very excited and want to know more about fractal art. I ask some of them about what they think about the fractal exhibited there. They think that they were amazing and it was their first time seeing fractals.

The event was not as i expected because maybe i was hoping too much that it will be a big event. But then i think again that this is our first event in Indonesia and there are still so many people didn’t know about fractal art. So, the fact that there are some people come to the event is making me happy.

We learn so much from this event. We learn about what people think about fractal art and we know where’s our position in Indonesia art scene.  

For the future we plan to make another exhibition in public space, in a restaurant, or maybe a small art gallery. I hope that you guys continue to support us to spread the word about fractal art to the people.

Okay, i think i out of word. :D If you have anything you want to know about the exhibition, go and ask :eager: In the mean time, enjoy some photos from the event. :)

Fractal For Indonesia Photos by guagapunyaimel

oh btw, the event is also covered by a media, Indonesia Kreatif. this is the link to the article. --> www.indonesiakreatif.net/index… :)

And one more thing: Thank you so much for all the participated artist! you guys are awesome! :hug:

Okay guys, listen up.
normally, i should wrote something about Fractal for Indonesia first instead of writing this journal. I'll wrote something about it later. But for now, let's forget about it for a second because i have much more funny information for you. :lol:

If you are following my twitter, you might already saw my tweet.

Call me a bad person, sarcastic, bastard, or whatever you want to call me, but listen up dude, there's no such thing as a leader in the history of the art world! If you declare yourself as a leader, then you are a total joke. Or maybe you are not an artist? Well i don't know. It is for you to decide.
Hello everyone. :) How are you? hope you are all okay. :) It's been a long time since i wrote a personal journal. :D So here i am. posting a personal journal. Well, not very personal actually. :paranoid:

I'm here to tell you about an upcoming event called "Fractal For Indonesia".  So, me and my friend, killythirsk, are organizing a workshop about fractal art, what are they, and how to create them. The workshop will be held on April 7th, 2012 at The Hall of Polytechnic of Bandung, Indonesia.

On the workshop area, there will be an exhibition, showcasing some fractal artworks. Now this is the part where i need your help. One of the mission of the exhibition is to educate the visitors that fractal art is now become a global phenomenon. People all around the world are creating fractal art and it's getting bigger and bigger. So, i need your participation to proof this fractal global phenomenon.

How to participate?
It's simple. :)
  • Send me a note (or comment on this journal) of one of your fractal that you want to be exhibited on the exhibition. It can be a new fractal or your existing fractal on your gallery.
  • The fractal can be anything, Apophysis, Ultra Fractal, Mandelbulb, or anything.
  • Your fractal will be printed on an A4 - A3 glossy paper (depends on the size of the fractal) and showcased on the exhibition.
  • If you want, you can put some words about the fractal, how did you create them, story behind the title, or anything you want to say related to the fractal.
  • The copyright of the fractal will still be yours and i will not sell it, unless you state that you give me permission to sell it.
  • If you state that you give me permission to sell the fractal, the money will be donated to Indonesian Care for Cancer Kids Foundation.
  • The deadline for your submission is March 31st, 2012.


So, please help me and participate. This might not a world wide scale exhibition, but this is a chance for you to exhibit your fractal and help the cancer kids. :)

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Also, i'll be more than happy if you help me spread the word.

I'm waiting for your participation. :)

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Interview with MichaelFaber





Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with MichaelFaber. Please enjoy my interview with him. :ahoy:
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can you please introduce yourself?

    I'm a 27 year old application specialist from Canada. I've been making fractal art since 2005.


What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    When I started making fractals, i was interested in expressing my creativity, but didn't know how to pursue that. Making cool pictures with Apophysis filled that. Also, trying to figure out what Apophysis did in the background really intrigued the analytical/mathematical side of me. As time has gone on my interest has moved toward the infinite nature of fractals, and working to make more possible with Apophysis.


What kind of fractal that you like the most, and Why?

    I tend to like fractals that show a lot of fine detail, but am most impressed with fractals that have originality and great execution.


Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    My biggest influence in creating fractals is my brother JoelFaber. Together we pushed each other to make better images and understand more. The other influence I cannot ignore is Zueuk, who was building flames using the Transform Editor when everyone else was just pushing buttons. Peter gave me something to strive for and a hope that there was much more to Apophysis.


what does your art means to you?

    Over the past year, my interest in fractals has become more about the variations I've made, than the images I've made with them. The images i am most proud of are the ones that showcase the variations I've made. Variations can be used by other people who can learn and be creative just as I have done. I'm more interested in giving other fractalist the tools to express themselves than I am in showing my pictures to the masses.


Can you please tell us about your creative process?

    Usually my art creation process starts after creating a new variation, or if i get an idea of something new I can try with existing variations. I don't usually open Apophysis without something in mind to try out. I think the creative process for fractals is different from any other art form, especially when you make your own variations/formulas. Most forms of art you can create anything you can imagine. In fractal art you cannot make everything you imagine because the medium can be limiting. The flip side, however, is once in a while you can make something that you could never have imagined.


how do you see the future of fractal art?

    I think flame fractals can have a very bright future. I think there is so much that can be done to improve flame fractals. There is so much potential in the chaos game to be tapped into. It may be slow coming though. There isn't much money being made in flame fractals, so development of an Apophysis replacement is slow.


Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    I started to play the guitar, but i don't practice enough :(


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    That would be JoelFaber. He introduced flame fractals and Apophysis to me.

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Interview with OutsideFate




Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with OutsideFate. Please enjoy my interview with him. :ahoy:
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can you please introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Mikhail, but please do call me Misha. I am born in 1992, live in Denmark and I am at this date studying Multimedia design on second term. As unrelated facts, I have unhealthy obsessions towards tea, watches and Vivienne Westwood, so please do forgive me~

What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?
Well... The first piece of fractal software I got my hands on was XaoS, and it was bundled with a computer magazine I had a subscription to once. Zooming into a Mandelbrot set for the first time as the 11-year-old kid I was at that time just bleeeeeeew my mind. But for some reason, I forgot everything about fractal art for like, until five years ago, when I got my hands on UF and Apo, and I have been pretty hooked since then.

What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?
Uuuurrrghh. I am a litte torn about this one. I mean, to begin with, I mostly use the escape-time rendering style UF uses, but I have taken a liking to the smokey apo pieces... But let us forget everything about the types for a while, and focus on what I like in a fractal: Great, dynamic colouring, appealing texture, a nice flow and personality~

Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?
There are several people here... At first, we have milleniumsentry who taught me how to use UF, and that was quite important a thing for me fractalwise :3 Secondly, we have the aposhack and the rest of the fractal pals. Jess, Jimmie, Light, Chiara and everyone else in the shack have been awesome as inspiration, help, allies and friends!

And as a more general art inspiration, I would like to thank my old art teacher Hanne. She taught me how to "see" things in stuff that would otherwise go unnoticed. That was a great help!

what does your art means to you?
In every fractal I make, I try to capture at least the ambient feelings I had while making it, so you can say that they are sort of snapshot of my current mood. At the same time, I make my fractals to make myself and other people happy, so my own art means a lot to me.

Can you please tell us about your creative process?
Durr... Everyone who ever ponged with me should know that the only word to describe it is "Random".  When exploring a new formula, I turn the dials seemingly randomly around, testing it with different OCA's and ICA's (greatly helped by UF5's improved interface) and when I finally settle in so I can colour the fractal, there are colouring layers everywhere. I pile up colour on colour on colour with blending modes to get the result that I want. So, yeah... My workflow is a broken-up mess, but it works for me, so, meh.

how dou you see the future of fractal art?
I wouldn't exactly call it "bleak", but I don't think that it would go anywhere at a fast pace the next couple of years, unless by freak accident. But that is just me, so prove me wrong!

Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?
Yeah, when I had the time (and money) to do so, I liked to paint in acrylics. It's a great medium, because the paint is pleasant to work with, it dries fast, is easy to texture and doesn't fume me to death like oil paints.

And I am also trying to dabble into art design for flash games, but that is something I won't promise will go anywhere. But I hope it will!

- If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

milleniumsentry. Nuff' said.


Anything else you'd like to say?
Nah, not really! I just want to thank for the interview and say thanks to everyone who reads it!
-Dots out-
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Interview with esintu




Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with esintu. Please enjoy my interview with her. :ahoy:
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can you please introduce yourself?

I'm Esin. I was born and raised in Istanbul but I currently live in Montreal, studying psychology and neuroscience.


What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

I like scale variance and self-repetition, but in all mediums, not just fractal art. I'm not sure if that's a preference that developed after being involved with fractal art or the reason why I started in the first place.


What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

I'm known to like 'abstract' fractals (in order to save time and space, see fracstract.deviantart.com/art/… for a thorough explanation of what I mean by that). That's actually funny because I didn't even 'get', let alone like, abstract art before I started working with fractals. I used to be more into surrealism and dada (I still like those). In fractal art, you don't really get the figurative connection to the real world that can then be manipulated the way surrealist and dada movements do. Fractals are basically all abstract in the classic sense. Being exposed to enough fractal art naturally helped me develop a new scheme to evaluate meaning and expression in an abstract way. Ultimately, I like fractal art that focuses less on the technical excellence and ornamentation and more on the expression of a meaning or feeling. I find that this is true of 'abstract' fractal art more often than of other kinds.



Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

Regarding meaning and content, I could safely say that it's an internal inspiration that stems from curiosity. I feel like my musical, literary and cultural memory and background influences a lot of the content of my art.
Visually and aesthetically, for medium-specific influences, I need to give FarDareisMai, IDeviant zzzzra and Beesknees67 a nod.


what does your art means to you?

I've always enjoyed art as a viewer, and having a venue of artistic expression that is not limited by my pathetic lack of manual motor skills with a pencil or a brush, is priceless. I like to consider myself a fractal photographer, rather than a painter that uses fractals as my paint & brush. I don't design or elaborately build my art, but I zoom around mathematical imagery to find quirky and interesting bits and pieces, give them appropriate lighting and present them from my point of view. Fractals are another world for me that I can take my camera and venture off to.


Can you please tell us about your creative process?

It's actually extremely spontaneous. I rarely ever plan something and set out to make something specific. Most I start with is perhaps an overall mood I want to go for, and even then I can end up with something on the exact opposite end of the spectrum from whatever I had in mind. All my works sort of take lives of their own as they develop. I almost always have some music playing in the background, sometimes shuffled and sometimes set to a specific genre, artist, album or song. These songs often end up naming my art.

Sometimes I will start tweaking an unfinished work, and sometimes I will just start playing from scratch. Either way, I discover what all the parameters of the formulas and coloring algorithms do and just experiment with different values. I like formulas with a lot of parameters that gives me a lot of options to play around with. Once I get a form that's original, interesting and that basically tells me something, I start working on the textures and colours. I then may or may not start tweaking the forms and zooming around the fractal again. I also do a lot of experimentation with colours after the render in GIMP or Photoshop.


how did you see the future of fractal art?

I'm not really at peace with the term "fractal art", I feel like fractals are just another medium for digital art. That is to say, I don't think fractal art is to have a life of its own and head somewhere completely different from the rest of digital art mediums, or other abstract art. The fact that an image was composed with fractals and not scripts and brushes in Photoshop is a technical and largely irrelevant detail when one is looking at the final image.

The fractal community is a pretty tightly-knit one, and it tends to be relatively closed to interactions with and influences from other relevant fields such as abstract traditional art, digital art and photography. The art from these communities are what fractal art needs to measure up to and stand next to in order to gain recognition from the public. Most conversations we tend to have among ourselves are of technical nature, and not about the ultimate artistic value of our works when stripped from the fact that they were rendered in a fractal program. I think interacting with artists from other mediums should give all of us a better idea of where fractal art stands among other mediums. I personally think fractals are a great medium to create abstract art, but we really should shift from just considering the merit of a work within the fractal art community to comparing it with other mediums mentioned above.

ps. I suppose 3D fractals stand somewhere else. For future direction, actual 3D fractals (i.e. sculptures) may be something to look into. But I really don't have much to say about that since I never really got into the 3D area myself.


Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

I'm also into analog and digital photography, and I'm trying to teach myself vectors lately. If we wander off the visual arts, I also play the drums and percussions.


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

I think I have to say zzzzra here, as he was the first UF artist I saw and loved. I remember being stunned with his SFBM abstracts and downloading UF after that. His influence wasn't very active (as in we never really interacted at all, and he had already given himself a break when I started using UF actively), but nonetheless, that's what initially got me going, and I still look up to his UF works from years ago.

Anything else you'd like to say?

Here's a shout-out to #Aposhack folks, everyone who inspired me, and anyone who has enjoyed my art over the years. I don't think they would be reading this, but nonetheless, I feel like I also need to give a nod to the OrbitTrap duo. Much fun and frustration was had with their hating on dA and the BMFAC, but I found the rest of their blog quite useful, thought-provoking and inspiring. It didn't feel right not mentioning them at all in an interview about fractal art.


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Interview with lyc



Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with lyc. Please enjoy my interview with him. :)
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can you please introduce yourself?

    My name's Thomas Ludwig, I'm a 28 year old graphics programmer living in UK/NZ. I work for Glare Technologies on Indigo Renderer, and recently also the fractal renderer Chaotica.


What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    I first played with Fractint way back in the DOS days... colour cycling was one of the cooler things to do back then, but I didn't give much thought to the mathematical basis of these images. In 2003 or so I learnt about the flame fractal algorithm from Scott Draves' paper, and since then have been addicted to IFS fractals in general on a theoretical level. Purely 2D fractals in particular are a beautiful and special artform in my opinion!


What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

    As mentioned above, 2D IFS fractals are currently my favourite. Coming from a professional 3D background, I dislike the 80s POV-ray / Bryce style imagery found in most 3D fractal art, and there's really something special and elegant about the 2D works produced by the Apophysis masters!


Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    Probably the basic functions found in mathematics and physics, for example the Möbius transformations. Much of the "art" I produce starts with messing around with functions and ideas from maths and physics. Books such as "Indra's Pearls" are a perfect example of the sort of mix of maths and programming which inspire me most, though they are hard to come by- one day I'd like to write my own!


what does your art means to you?

    Fractal art in particular is a special thing for me, because it's a very pliable medium for expression... I express myself best in crisp, anti-aliased pixels and fractals are a great procedural way to create rich, information-dense images.


Can you please tell us about your creative process (in coding, the way you create your program, your fractal creation, something like that)?

    Like many programmers I've about 100 years of stuff to do in collected notes and TODO files, so what I actually wind up doing is usually the lowest-hanging fruit. I release less than 1% of the images I create, and have gigs and gigs of source and images which I spam to people in #Aposhack and in GTalk etc... More than anything I wish to have a technical and creative partner in this sort of thing, which I used to have friends like Aexion and Mumberthrax before they each went their own ways with commercial endeavours... the times I've had such collaborations have been among the most artistically productive in my life. As for the actual process of creating the images, I usually write my programs in C++ using Microsoft Visual C++, which run and save the output image to some file like "out.bmp" which I'll re-save as a high quality JPEG; almost all of my images are done this way.


how did you see the future of fractal art?

    I look forward to spending many years following my own path in fractal art, mostly inspired by what's been done in the 3D world (powerful editors such as 3ds Max and modern 3D rendering methods), but also with hopefully original contributions to the basic methods of IFS fractals. Back in 2006, I wrote a program called "Ham and Mustard" in which I explored many generalisations of the basic IFS algorithm, things which I intend to do again in Choatica while also exposing them in a user-friendly way via the user interface. Nobody takes your program seriously without a nice, clean user interface! So that's something I want to focus on, creating a very powerful, modern fractal editing application.


Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    Until I work out how to make music, I'm a one-trick pony for digital art!


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    Probably Scott Draves for publishing the details of his generalisation of linear IFS fractals (and leaving enough scope to do better).


Anything else you'd like to say?

    Thanks so much to the wonderful fractal community on deviantArt for encouraging me over the years! You guys are really great and I'm grateful to you all for sharing your enthusiasm and parameters for all of us to benefit from. As far as knowledge of fractals goes, I owe much to the great wizard Aexion :peace: :thanks: Greetz to all in the fractal scene! :#1:
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The F Word
Interview with silwenka



Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with silwenka. Please enjoy my interview with her. :)
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can you please introduce yourself?

    My name is Ewa Stryza, I'm 32 years old Polish and I create Fractal Art for 7 years.


What is the first thing that makes you attract to Fractal Art?

    Well.. I would say harmony. In my freaky way of understanding "harmony", because liking is, of course, subjective. Harmony of shapes, colors, formulas. It depends on my mood also, so the picture I see in the right moment may harmonize with my feelings or not. I may fell in love in it later though. Looking through galleries of Fractal Art I seek also inspirations, formulas or interesting color schemes. Generally: challenges.


What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

    I don't have any particular type of fractals I preffer. I had to check my faves but.. it is hard for me to say, if there is any key. I like abstract fractals, I like monochrome and colorful, I like geometric or "natural". Etc. A fractal has to move me: inspire me, has to push me into formulas I didn't know/check yet. It has to move my imagination too, showing a "new world". Probably I just like works I can't do or I think I can't. I am not into 3D fractals so much, beacuse I did not try them yet, I am not into tiles anymore or extremely realistic fractals (though I liked them)


Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    I would not say "who" but "what". Feelings. I see world through what I feel in certain moment and it has huge influence on my art generally. Positive emotions, support. Also my fract-colleagues' art inspires me. It delights me, it shocks me.. the more the better!


what does your art means to you?

    It is very important part of my life, always was. Of course I express myself, it is obvious. When I was younger I drew a lot, I just had to, even hands demand it. If I had important exam or so I had to .. hm.. how to say it.. over-draw, just to have peace in mind and focus on learning ;) Now, in stressful situation, I grab my camera and shot cats. Photographing chill me out, allows to see things in other way. It is fascinating, how different is the world through lens! But fractals were never for stress killing. Under pressure I cannot make them.


Can you please tell us about your creative process?

    According to some I am not artist in the proper way. Once I read, that fractal art is art, only when You open program and create exacly, what You have in mind. Well.. I must dissappoint You - I am not such person. I rarely work this way. I rather mess with formulas, mappings, colorings, as long as I see "something". Then I refine it. It takes plenty of time, sometimes I don't reach effect I would like to. These I abandon. Sometimes fractal transform into totally different picture. If there is a final idea for it - I refine it. So... to all fractal-haters: yes, it is something spontanegous in creating fractal art. At least in mine.


how did you see the future of fractal art?

    For those 7 years I am fractaling DA Fractal Gallery became HUGE. Of course, there is thousands of flame fractal, chaotic and primitive. But hey - everybody has to start! Seeing how many new fractals are submitted, it is nice to know, that people are still fascinated with them. 3D fractals will be, in my oppinion, the most popular ones soon. I hope 3D monitors and glasses allow to create them in 3D virtual reality. I would love to "fly" into one!


Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    Yes, I love to photograph. Although I know I am rather weak I just enjoy doing it. Also I do some photomanipulations, usually to my Friends as gifts. I used to draw but I don't do it anymore. I wish I had more time. You may check my other accounts: my oldest one silwena and for photos SilenBlues


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    It would be two actually. Very first was Danijela aka d-b-c. I found Her many years ago, surfing through someones faves. I felt in love in colorful flames and crazy (for me then) shapes I could not imagine even. Because of Her I downloaded my first program: Apophysis. I am extremely happy, that She came back after so many years and we could do collaborations! The second was Nicholas aka rougeux. Even nowadays His "Sanctuary" or "Emotion" make me cry. I still think He creates in other dimention! I must credit also Rykk, gumbycat from Renderosity and sci-clone


Anything else you'd like to say?

    I just want to wish everybody happy fractaling in 2012! Enjoy creating! Thank You for Your support, for inspiration and for reading this interview. Yours silwena
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The F Word
Interview with penny5775



Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with penny5775. A long time fractalist, a great fractalist, also a good friend. Please enjoy my interview with her. :)
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can you please introduce yourself?

    I am Penny, a mom of 3 grown children and now grandma of 2. I live in very rural western New York State, US.


What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    I discovered fractals while exploring other forms of computer/digital art. I used many of the small free fractal programs I found to make textures and fills for the other things I was making. Someone gave me a link to download a very early version of Apophysis. While looking for more information about how that worked I stumbled onto Deviant Art and fell in love with some of the fractal pieces I found there, the grand julians, rings2 julians, and tiles.


What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

    Which leads to my favorite kinds of fractals. I enjoy much detail and clarity in fractals. I enjoy being able to see the replication clearly. Any style of fractal that has these qualities appeals to me.


Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    All the writers of tutorials have influenced my work. Each and every one of them has given me tools that I now use in each fractal I make. I would like to specifically mention ClaireJones and TaraRoys.


what does your art means to you?

    Relaxation.


Can you please tell us about your creative process?

    This has changed over time. Currently it usually roughly follows this pattern. I throw together one of the basic styles and then try different variations and settings to make it unique. When I have shape and design the way I want I work with color. Sometimes this brings out something I haven't seen before and I go back to working on shape and form.


how did you see the future of fractal art?

    I haven't really thought much about this.


Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    I have done a little playing with other types of digital art in the past, but am currently only working with fractals.


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    SuicideBySafetyPin has inspired my greatest growth as a fractalist. Working on fractals with her is fractal nirvana. She challenges me to "figure" things out technically that I would never be motivated to do on my own.
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I've been asked by many people about how did i create my fractals. This question is probably been asked by many people for so many times: "Did you have a concept in mind when you start to create your fractals?". The answer is simple: yes, i do have a concept in my mind before i create my fractals. But what i mean by concept here is not a concept of something like what shapes i want to make, what colors i want to use, or any other plan about something i want to create like any other visual artist do with their art. The approach of having a concept in fractal creation is a bit different because we don't really know what we gonna get by combining different kind of formula or variations, unless you know the math behind it. I didn't have a deep knowledge about the math behind fractals and only know the basic. So, i have a different approach about what is a concept on my fractal creation.

When i want to create a fractal, i do have a concept in mind about what formula/variations that i'm gonna use, and i'm going to use that formula/variations as the main part of my fractal until i get something that i like. You probably say that you want to create something more than what you LIKE, but rather something that you WANT. Yes, that is also true, and i agree with that. But fractals is different than any other artform. We cannot guess what the image gonna look like when we use a varitions/formula, unless you know the math, just like i said before. So, for me, what i WANT is to keep using a formula/variations until i find something that i LIKE.

Yes it's true that it's not easy to use only small number of formula/variations on a single fractal. Fractal is about exploration. But exploration doesn't meant to you didn't have a goal or something you want to achieve. Exploration, for me is to abuse a variation/formula until there's nothing else can be done with it. I can work on a single formula/variation for a very long time until i know exactly what those formula/variations can create. After that, i will try to combine it with another formula/variation and see what it's gonna look like. Combining a formula/variations is not always a success for me. Sometimes it work perfectly. But sometimes the result didn't come up right. But there's a good point on failing on something: you know what's work and what's didn't. And when you know something that work, you can create something you WANT, not only wander about looking for something you LIKE.

Like i said, it takes time to know what's work and what's didn't. So, the key is to keep practicing, be patient, and keep your passion on fractaling. You might not always get a good or decent result for the first time, but don't be sad and never give up. Everybody is a noob at a time. And who have the patience and passion, those who will be a better fractalist.

The F Word
Interview with infinite-art



Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with a person who need no more introduction, the one and only Janet Parke a.k.a infinite-art. Writer of Ultra Fractal manual and also a teacher of Ultra Fractal course. It is an honor for me to have an interview with her. Enjoy the interview. :ahoy:
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Can you please introduce yourself?

    I'm Janet Parke, from Memphis, Tennessee. I'm a full-time ballet teacher and choreographer and a part-time fractal artist. I've been creating art since 1997. For several years I taught a series of courses online in the use of Ultra Fractal. These courses are now available for purchase as an e-book. (See my website: www.infinite-art.com for more information.)


What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    The ability to create art in a manner that bypasses my hands. I've never been able to draw, paint, or sculpt so I never attempted to express myself through visual art. The process of creating fractals with mathematics and computers means that I can tap into the creative ideas in my brain without being hindered by the ineptitude of my hands.


What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

    I like escape-time fractals -- fractal formulas that iterate until a bailout condition is reached (Mandelbrot, Julia, Phoenix, Nova, etc.).  I prefer images that are more abstract and less literal or figurative in the traditional sense. I prefer asymmetry and images in which I can see that the artist made specific and intentional choices instead of relying on default settings.


Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    I admire the work of many artists, but I really try to find my inspiration from within my own thoughts and imagination so that I'm not unduly influenced by others' techniques.


what does your art means to you?

    I'd like to think that each of my works depicts my thoughts and dreams through shape, color, and texture more eloquently than I could express myself in words. Of course, not every image conveys great meaning. I must usually work through and distill quite a bit of babble to find something worth sharing with others.


Can you please tell us about your creative process?

    I start each image in grayscale until I've collected several layers that contain interesting shapes and textures. Then I begin adding colors and working with transparency, masking, and merge modes to control each effect. I often work on an image for weeks before declaring it finished.


how did you see the future of fractal art?

    If I could predict a particular future, it would only be based on how other art forms have developed before. Fractal art is unlike traditional mediums, so I hope it will develop in ways we can't entirely imagine.


Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    My background is in ballet and other performing arts. Fractal art is the only visual art I create.


If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    There are many people from whom I've learned over the years -- particularly some prolific formula writers who provided us all with great formulas and examples of their usage -- Damien Jones, Kerry Mitchell, Mark Townsend, Ron Barnett, and Samuel Monnier. But if I had to name just one person who is responsible for my ability to create the kind of fractal art I enjoy most, it would be Frederik Slijkerman, who wrote the Ultra Fractal software. Not only is his software ideal for my needs, his attention to detail and logic in the development of UF's user-friendly interface sets a standard of excellence that has affected many other areas of my oife.

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This is a follow up of this journal:

What's bother me the most is the lack of groups activity. many groups have no specific mission. everybody want to create their own group and that's kinda make us look disintegrate as a community. everyone seems to have ther own ego. why don't we just focus on small numbers of group that have specific mission and together we build that sub-community.

it's not that i didn't want new people to create their own group. there are still a good point when people create a group for a newer fractalist so that they can have their first step with people with the same level as them. But, still, why don't you just join to the more established group with more advance fractalist on their member list? you'll get more chance to get noticed by more established fractalist. you can show off your skill to them and make them bow down on your knees. Or if you have more gut, join #Aposhack chat. show off your param to the advance fractalist. show them that you are not just another guy. This is how you get noticed by the community. zy0rg is a good example. he just got into fractal for less than 2 years. One day he show up on #Aposhack and throw a magnificent param that make even n8iveattitude bowing down on her knees. zy0rg has proven himself that he is a person to be reckoned with. He proof us that he's in a level of fractal wizard.

You didn't have to show off your param on #Aposhack to get a recognition. you can just come and chat with other member of fractal community. live chat can create a more intimate feeling to each othere rather than interaction on comments. participate on param pong is another way for you to interact with other fractalist. so don't be shy to parcipate on a param pong eventhough you only messing up the param. :lol:

"but how can i get recognized if i only active on a small number of group?"

I tell you what. More established fractalist is prefer to stay on more establised groups. they didn't really care about any other group and only stay on a little number of groups that they grown up with. So, if you want to be recognized by them, join the group, and show them what you got. I'll mention some groups that i tottaly support:
    Apophysis, A group specific for Apophysis fractal. UF-artists, A group specific for Ultra fractal Artist. AllThingsFractal, The first group that collect all kind of fractals. and they have active adminstration and have some cool contest with cool prizes. RoundRobin-Central, a group for you to learn from other's param by and tweaking them. fractalmentorproject, a group for you to learn one by one, for free, from many great fractalist. chaoticafractals, a group for chaotica fractal, which i belive will be the future of flame fractal. ImagersFractalDDs, they are giving some constant support for the very beginning of dA fractal history. IncendiaryArt, obvious. Mandelbulbers, obvious
well, that's me. if your groups isn't there, that doesn't mean your group is bad. i just don't feel any necessity of any other group with the same theme.  

all we need is a unity. a solid fractal community. if you have idea, talk to a fractalist that you think you can cooperate with. create some project. tell the fractal CV to promote your project. share some params and colaborate. there's many many things to do. The simplest thing to do is give comment to fractal piece that you like. tell people why you like their art. make them be the part of the community and be the part of the community.

i know this is not an easy task to be done since fractal community is getting bigger and bigger so that it is hard for us to know each other. but still, as a community, communication between every member is important. share your thought about what you feel about fractal community. write a journal about it. let the world know your thougt. do not affraid to be called a drama maker. Sharing your idea is important if you want to have a solid fractal community.

so, let's talk.

The F Word
Interview with ChaoticAtmospheres




Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an interview with ChaoticAtmospheres, a fractalist from Switzerland, known for his Mandelocular Series. He's a new face on fractal community, but he's not new on art in general. It is really my pleasure to have an interview with him. Without any more talking, please enjoy my interview with him. :ahoy:
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can you please introduce yourself?

    I am a 29 year old illustrator/graphic designer, and I live in Geneva, Switzerland. I’ve been exposing my personal work for a few months on the internet, but I work in the visual arts for approximately 15 years now (Fine-Arts at Geneva, high-school of fashion in Paris, and now I work as a freelance graphic designer). I been using fractals for a long time in my work, but in a subtle and almost invisible way. It’s only recently (with my Mandeloculars series) that I use them as a finality of my images.



What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    Going back to the earliest bases, even if it's not glorious, it’s the character of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park who introduced me to fractals :). I read Michael Crichton novel just before the release of Spielberg's film, and the chapters were interspersed with explanations of the theories of chaos. I did not understand everything at first (be indulgent, I was only ten years:)), but what I understood led me to find my first Mandelbrot exploration software (but I totally forgot its name :(). Since then, I’ve been fascinated by the visual possibilities offered by these types of software.



What kind of fractal that you like the most,and Why?

    I have no favorite, because I don’t know enough about the fractals theory to be able to enjoy their "mathematical beauty" (off the top of my head, I can’t name more than three types of fractals, I am so ashamed :(). I usually prefer the chaotic and asymmetric fractals, they are more consistent with the idea that I have of an attempt to imitate nature. The idea of a "directed random" fits my work-flow when I create a image :  every detail looks like it interacts in a coherent whole, which should  guide and direct the viewer's vision in every directions. The fractals allow this because, once staged, they inevitably resemble known forms: the natural forms they seek to interpret mathematically. They add a touch of surrealism that frees the viewers from the obligation to see something specific and identifiable. They can then be interpreted freely, without the burden of having to analyze accurately.  There is neither right nor wrong, only the evocation.



Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    My influence, rather than an artist or a particular artistic movement, is the result of my impregnation in a number of universes from my childhood : science fiction, video games, manga, role-playing, internet. My work as a graphic designer is also a great source of inspiration : working for clients requires to make concessions on my own style and aspirations. Working to promote a product requires telling a story only to serve this product : it must be simple, understandable by everyone (and especially by the customer) and should be close to the image of the brand. All these limitations push me to find new solutions, alternatives, and even reconsider whole sections of my work from a different point of view. This is very challenging and provides fresh new ideas that I look forward to trying once focused on my own personal images.



what does your art mean to you?

    I don't feel comfortable talking about my work as an "art". I never really understood the term, I often found misguided (especially when I studied Fine-Arts). I think we only recognize an artist afterwards, in view of his/her integration or intriguing contradiction in the History of Art. For now, I consider myself more as a creative. My work is a way for me to put into images the ideas that emerge constantly in my every day life: work, movies, books, internet, you, thinking of my answer for this interview.



Can you please tell us about your creative process?

    My creative process is strongly influenced by my work as a graphic designer (which makes sense, because it’s the activity that takes the most time in my day). When I work for myself, I do exactly the opposite. Indeed, when I work, I generally have the role of "giving the final touch". I must bring together the work of my workmates (product designer, illustrator,...) and create a coherent whole. This means that I have to compose with all aspects of the creative process and direct it all towards the client needs. This is usually quite complex and frustrating because I often work with material made by others (as great as they may be) in order to achieve a very specific purpose that is not mine, but which I adopt, the time of a project. When I work for myself, I have the opportunity to make what I can't when I work for clients, which allows me to gain some peace of mind. In fact, I let myself drift into my inspirations and my desires. I usually start looking for a way to apply a technique that I just discovered, or reach an interesting result with a new software. For this, I pass freely from one software to another without limiting myself : from Photoshop, Zbrush, Vue, Maya, through a variety of specialized softs such Mandelbulber, Apophysis, Xenodream, Acropora, World Machine, City Engine, Top Mod, Structure Synth, Ultra Fractal, Arbaro,… Therefore, a large part of my prep work consist of research on tutorials and forums, for software that I have been using for years. Then I try each technique on a pre-version of the final image. Each series is the opportunity to experience more than creating, it allows me to keep up with more and more software, multiplying the possible interactions between them and therefore the prospects for future creations. The preparation is the most important part of my work, which is fortunate since it represents about 80% of the total time I spend on an image. I begin to work on a final image only when all components are tested ; when I'm sure that what I'll do on any specific software will be imported successfully on another and when I have all the resources and skills to go through with my idea.This is especially important to me because often my images are part of a series, for which, I should be able to maintain the same general atmosphere and the same quality of detail from the first image, to the last one. The creation of the image itself does not follow a particular pattern because of this work-flow. But there are some similarities among all my creations. First of all, fractals or mathematical procedures (abstract geometric forms, landscapes, textures, vegetation, etc.) are becoming increasingly important in the choice of my subjects. Secondly, I try to keep my creative options as open as possible once the final Photoshop composition started. I finalize all my elements as if they were the main topics of the image. Even if it only partially appears in the final result : my 3D models are fully textured, even if they are only visible from one angle ; my backgrounds are fully detailed, even if they are hidden by foreground elements and so on... This way, if the dynamics of my image can be improved at the last moment, I can allow myself to do so without having to go several steps back, or making impure editing camouflage mistakes. And finally, I always post-work on Photoshop to compose and finalize my pictures. It's the software that I’m the most comfortable with and it allows me to give meaning to multiple renders, photos, vectors previously prepared. In short, lots of programs for the subject, and Photoshop for the spirit. :)



how did you see the future of fractal art?

    I think fractal art will have his moment of glory ! And if this moment of glory must come, it is likely to arrive in the few next years (so in the near future, it's time to be productive:)). Those interested in design and architecture will not fail to notice the growing number of designers who use complex geometric shapes with mathematically generated structures. In addition, many "small" hyper-specialised software now reach a sufficient level of professionalism (particularly in terms of import-export) to integrate them into a professional work-flow. I believe (and this is only my opinion) on the growing popularity of fractal and procedural art in these next few years (even months, let's be crazy :)). Popularity that will propel the fractal art, within a short time, to the rank of "tendency". Everyone will hear about it, Leno will interview the world's best telegenic mathematicians to explain why the Hollywood Stars have all walked the red carpet of Cannes with designer dresses studded with fractal embroideries ; and you will even be able to buy Mandelbrot or Julia decorative sculptures at Wall-mart ! Some Artists will leave a small mark in the History of Art, through some of their creations that will have been considered representative of this movement. But I think that it will be unfortunately short-lived :(. Worse than being forgotten, fractal art may become as tacky as it once was popular, “like fringed boots and tie-die!” It is due to its extremely strong visual character and its very recognizable aesthetic, that gives them all their beauty, but which will always prevent the fractal art from becoming a major trend in a faraway future. But I think that the industrial design and architecture based on procedural techniques will increase in popularity for decades to come : this process can "industrially customize" a creation based on a lot of factors (the maximum price, the location, the customer's personal tastes,...) A halfway between the cold and cheap industrialization, and the all-customized value-added expensiveness : the best of both worlds!



Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    I do not believe in categories. They are handy for sites like deviantArt, where so many pictures are submitted that we must be able to classify them. This classification give the impression that those who post in "fractal art" are all making the same work, and that it has nothing to do with what someone will post in "photography" or "anime". I think that, generally, we use with more accuracy the medium with which we express ourselves better (even if it's not the one we like the most). I never drawn by hand because I was never satisfied with one of my drawings, however, I realized that I had no problems to achieve the same image based in 3D objects on Zbrush. So, I will use 3D rather than traditional sketches. Although I would love to be able to draw by hand, I prefer being able to go to the end of my ideas and that, no matter the means. For example, I would have no shame in using a Poser model for a character if it allows me to get to the point, even if I am able to model it on Zbrush. Monet is most known for his ability to “reveal colour trough light”, not because of his specific choice of medium. In my view, fractals, photographs, drawings, 3D, are only tools for a greater purpose : the purpose for which you worked during your entire creative life.



If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    It's difficult to choose only one person in particular. Rather than quote one of many who made ​​me lean towards fractals, I will mention the one that gave me the technical means : KrzysztofMarczak, the creator of Mandelbulber, who was kind enough to share it with the world. I used it for my Mandelocular series which, I am aware, has much to do with my recent gain of popularity on deviantArt. If it’s true that traditional artists need effective tools, it is even more justified for digital artists, who cannot create something that their software cannot handle. My work is directly linked to the software I use: I have an idea, I make some tests on different softs, I find techniques and other ideas that change my first thoughts, so I try other tests, and so on, up until the “really good idea”. Clearly, I would never have realized my Mandelocular series as it is, if I had not chosen to work on Mandelbulber ! So thank you KrzysztofMarczak!



Anything else you'd like to say?

    In reading my answers, I realize that : I discovered fractals in Jurassic Park,  I’m not a fan of categories, I have no favourite fractal, no personality of reference, even less a fixed work-flow, and I do not believe in a glorious future, over the long term, of fractal art ; or even in the fact that I'm really an artist anyway… (Man I'm so boring ! But be reassured, I've no suicidal tendencies and I'm totally happy with this way of thinking :)) How can I have written such a long text for so few answers ? (Are you sure that it was me you wanted to interview ? :)) In fact there is two simple reasons that pushed me to write. First, and it's obvious, because it's the first time anyone asked for my opinion :). And second, because I have, for the first time, thanks to you, feedback on my work, which is essential for my ongoing improvement. Since I started my creative work, fifteen years ago, I joined a large number of communities, real or virtual, but rarely received so much support, which has given me, finally, a real sense of investment. When you look at the work of an artist after his death, it seems that everything was done for a reason, and that each choice was obvious and that he followed a set path. However, in reality, artists are often in doubt : is the direction I have chosen the right one ?, does my creation really have an impact on someone ?, has my message been understood ?,... but what message do I really want to express ? Some feed on this uncertainty and this is what allows them to create. In my case, perhaps this is due to my work, I am much less effective, or even a bit stupid, when I'm not sure of the path I take. Thanks to your comments, your messages full of enthusiasm and your interest in my work, you have allowed me to find a way in which I want to get involved. So I would like to thank all the fractal community on deviantArt, as it is certainly one of the most active on the site and one whose members are the most enthusiastic towards the work of others. It's refreshing and it feels great to feel supported ! So thank you ! In conclusion (my text is so long that I can even conclude my conclusion:)), and just to talk about me one last time : my creations are influenced by my personal universe (sf, anime, computers,...), by my professional work, and by your comments. So, without your support, I am only at two-thirds of my abilities :) I still have much progress to make in terms of "public relations", in order to be inspiring for others like you have been to me. But I'm working on it, evidenced through this interview, to which I answered for the first time with unfeigned pleasure!


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The F Word
Interview with s31415




Welcome to another edition of The F Word. On this edition, i have an honor to interview Samuel Monnier a.k.a s31415, a fractal artist who have a big passion in algorithmic art and devoted his time to create amazing algorithmic art. If you an Ultra Fractal user, you might already know him as one of the developer of UF formulas under the name of sam.ucl, sam.ufm, sam.uxf.
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Can you please introduce yourself?

    I am Samuel Monnier, a theoretical physicist currently living in Paris. I have been creating fractals roughly since 1996.



What is the first thing that makes you attracted to Fractal Art?

    Before anything else, I enjoy the amazing visual richness and complexity of fractals. I also enjoy their hidden simplicity: although their intricacies challenge the mind of the spectator, most fractal patterns obey simple rules (like for instance self-similarity), which reflect the simplicity of the mathematical algorithm which created them. A very rewarding aspect of fractal art, and algorithmic art in general, is that as an artist, you get much more than what you put in when you create a work. In particular, the properties of fractals imply that there is always infinitely more to see in an image than what can actually be seen on a low resolution picture. After I finish rendering a work at high resolution, it is always a great pleasure to explore and discover its details. The observation of a fractal pattern has multiple aspects. It can be intellectual, if one tries to understand the order behind the apparent chaos, as I alluded to above. It can be sensual, if one simply wander on the picture to appreciate the details. It can even be hypnotic or mystical, offering a direct contact with infinity through the self-similarity.



What kind of fractal that you like the most, and why?

    For a long time, I have been exploring "dense" bidimensional fractals, i.e. fractals which display details everywhere in the plane of the image. These fractals are the most complex and interesting in my opinion: there is something to see everywhere. Creating them and revealing their patterns can also be quite a delicate task.



Who is your biggest influence in creating fractal and art in general?

    I don't really have someone who influenced me in this direction. Recently though, I have been exploring new ways of creating dense fractal patterns thanks to Dan Wills. Check his blog ultraiterator.blogspot.com/ .



What does your art mean to you?

    It is an exploration of the richness and complexity of fractal patterns. I like spending time observing my past works, especially as high-resolution zoomable images. In a sense it is a meditative activity; getting lost in an image and finding each time new details and structures. I'm happy if others can enjoy it as well, but it's not my primary concern.



Can you please tell us about your creative process?


    There are always two parts in the creative process. In the first, one has to write the algorithms. With a pattern or an effect in mind, one has to translate it into an algorithm. This involves not so much programming skills as mathematical intuition and abstract reasoning. One also has to devise parameters in the algorithm which will later allow to create the largest possible diversity of patterns and structures. The second phase consists in using the algorithm to produce an image. It takes some partly random exploration to find an interesting pattern. I often got stuck in a rut precisely when I started following some known easy rules that lead to good patterns in the past... So including some random moves in the exploration is important. Once the pattern is there, one has to get the best of it. Paradoxically, I feel more and more that almost anything you can do destroys the original beauty of the raw pattern (this includes for instance layering, using fancy coloring algorithms, adding texture unrelated to the original pattern). This is especially true for the Ducks and Inverted Julia fractal patterns that I have been exploring lately. These patterns are also very noisy, what makes it quite difficult to make them look good at high resolution. They also make it very difficult to use anything but a very minimalistic palette. As a result, lately I've been going back to a cleaner and simpler style which suits best these new dense fractal patterns.



How do you see the future of fractal art?


    I guess people will always create fractal imagery. The recent breakthrough in the field of 3d fractals with the Mandelbulb, Kaleidoscopic IFS and others show that there are always new algorithms and fractals to be discovered, which is very encouraging. As far as fractal art being recognized as a trend in contemporary art goes, I don't really know if this is coming. I think the first thing fractal artists who are serious about their art should do is write an artist statement. I learnt a lot about what I was actually trying to achieve with fractals when I forced myself to think about it and write a statement. I don't think I remember reading any artist statement from a fractal artist. If more fractal artists have a clear idea about their art, it will necessarily increase the quality of fractal art in general. I feel that fractal art has potential. It can be an antithesis of the minimalist trend which has dominated abstract art in the XXth century. It provides new visual experiences which simply cannot be matched by traditional media. Moreover generative art is already well-established as a medium in contemporary art. Maybe what is missing are people who have a true artistic vision, as opposed to simply aiming at creating pretty pictures. This is where writing an artist statement could help.



Do you enjoy creating any other types of art?

    I play the piano.



If there were a single person you would give credit to for getting you started on your current path of Fractal, who would it be?

    I first read about fractals in Arthur C. Clarke's novel The Ghost from the Grand Banks. I devised my "pattern piling" algorithms, which I have been using in the vast majority of my works, after implementing Ken Perlin's algorithm for fractional Brownian motion into Ultra Fractal, first implemented by Damiens Jones. Not really a single person, I fear.



Anything else you'd like to say?

    Let me use this opportunity to make some advertisment again for zoomable images... Not only displaying your work as zoomable images can change the experience of the spectator, but it will change the way you approach the creation of fractal images. At least it did for me. All the info can be found in this old blog post: algorithmic-worlds.net/blog/bl…

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Samuel also have a website where he post some of his thought about everything. please take a visit to Algorithmic worlds. :)

Thank you so much Sam for the interview. It really such an honor to know more about you. :)
I just watched this video of Benoit mandelbrot's lecture on International Congress of Mathematicians 2006. You should watch it too if you haven't. :)


There's also a link to the slideshow that he used on his lecture that i think very interesting because there's some early image before the discovery of the mandelbrot set, which i think more interesting to see than the mandelbrot set itself. :lol: