Stylish Pixels: the Versatility of Fractal ArtFractals have wide application in the modern world, and can be used for purposes as simple as basic screensavers or as complicated as detailed environment generation in games and movies. While fractals can be used as tools, they also can be used to create beautiful, abstract, and awe-inspiring artwork in a virtually limitless number of ways. This article will attempt to do a quick summary of fractal artwork, from basic applications of fractals in artwork, to a look at the community itself.More Like This
Stylish Pixels: the Versatility of Fractal Art
There are three "categories" that I consider encapsulate fractal art as a whole:
- Fractals as "objects" that can be "photographed."
- Fractals as "brushes" that paint and shape various sections of the fractal.
- Fractals as "paint."
Project Educate and LooniesHey there I promised to make a loonie every day from monday to today in the spirit of Project educate.More Like This
This journal is not really a tutorial but more an illustration of how you can use loonie in various ways as I tried to show in the last week submissions.
So lets get started
First up the one from Monday
This is the most easy one to make probably. Once you did the tutorial I made (and linked in the artist comment) you should be able to make this. Just to make a variation on the theme I used linear on the loonie to make room for the julian band (high power).
A less common way to use loonie is displayed int he fractal of Tuesday
It is used as a bubble by putting linear -1 , loonie 1 and some blur all on the same transform. I like these kind of bubbles and wonder why not many other people make them. So go ahead and try . Other then that this julian is very basic. the only thing different from the most basic julian is the fillin
How To Fractal WellFractal Art WeekMore Like This
A warm hello to the fractal community from heavenriver!
As a contribution to the upcoming Project Educate: Fractal Week, I present you with this article which will focus on (hopefully) useful advice on how to make your fractals better, by paying attention to a few simple, yet crucial components of fractal art. I will be using my own fractals as examples, not because I think they are the best of the best, but rather because there is criticism to do, and I would rather not inadvertently hurt anyone's feelings by taking their own fractals as examples.
Point #1: Colouring
A BAD example of colouring:
What is wrong with this? Contrast and balance. The former is exaggerate; the latter is nonexistent. Just to name one, the purple areas stand out too much overall, compared to the other colours; it's as if we had nothing else at all. The yellow at top kind of stands out too,
Prettify Your Bloom: Tips and TricksFractal Art WeekMore Like This
Hello! It's C-91 here and, after people asking me tips on how to make flowers with Apophysis, I decided to write this introduction guide for the Fractal Week. There might be more in future.
Live with it: crafting flowers with Apophysis isn't the most original thing ever, but at least we can try to approach to the technique in another way and try to make them different from the multitude of results that can be found here on DeviantArt.
First of all, check the two blooms tutorials by lindelokse, which are the starting point for this technique:
Before we start...
Just so you know, 2D flowers are generally more versatile and suitable for crazy experiments than 3D ones. You can use more variations and plugins on 2D flowers without messing the shape up (and they will still be as spectacular as 3D flowers).
Common Frameworks 2: Elliptic SplitsToday, we will quickly learn how to make a simple Elliptic Splits Framework in Chaotica.More Like This
To do this tutorial, you will need Chaotica.
1. Elliptic Splits
First, lets take a look at how the elliptic splits base fractal look:
How the Elliptic transformation works? Take a look at the picture below. It features a single iterator, with a blur (gaussian + radial_gaussian) on pre_transform and Elliptic transform:
Elliptic creates a vertical stripe centered on 0,0 and 2 units wide.
Splits, as the name says, split the plane. It has 2 variables, splits_x and splits_y. Setting x to a non null value will create a vertical split, and y, a horizontal split.
Common Render and Postprocessing MistakesA low quality render can ruin an otherwise great artwork.More Like This
For each, two images will be presented: the first one, a decent render, and the second, a messed up one. All examples were rendered in Chaotica, but the thoughts apply to all fractal software.
Special thanks to: ChaosFissure, BoxTail, lyc
Fast Noisy Render
Basically, when the fractal is not rendered long enough. While in very few cases this may be used as artistic effect, usually it just gives the fractal an unfinished and unpolished look.
Here is a good and reasonably smooth render.
Now, the very same fractal: the only difference is the render time - way too short. See how terrible it looks compared to the previous one.
Blurrying the noisy image in Photoshop: the blur will smooth the grain out a bit (grain still visible though), but also kill all the tiny fractal details:
Post_depth TutorialLets give the word to zy0rg, the creator of post_depth plugin:More Like This
That variation is used to create the depth blur effects in 3d fractals.
Unlike Apo's native depth blur, with this plugin you can use any variation (I'd recommend sineblur) for blurring.
The drawback compared to native blur is that you need to place the blurred object "manually" (i.e. using ztranslate, rotate_x and rotate_y) so it might be a bit tricky to use. But I think that the result is 99.98% worth it.
You can download post_depth (and a few cool blurs) here:
A few examples of post_depth results:
To use post_depth, you will need par
L-SystemsFractal Art WeekMore Like This
Today, we will chat about L-systems and what they have to do with fractals
In a substitution system, we use a set of rules to transform elements of a sequence. Like this:
Rule [1 → 0 and 0 → 11]
Starting sequence: 01
Step 1: 110
Step 2: 0011
Step 3: 111100
Step 4: 00001111
Step 5: 111111110000
A Lindenmayer system (L-system) is a string rewriting system, a substitution system that works with strings. It consists of an "alphabet" of symbols, rules (which expand symbols into larger strings - in the example above 1 → 0 and 0 → 11), an "axiom" - the starting sequence - and a way to translate the obtai
March is HereSing me a song, little mocker,More Like This
Sing me a song about spring.
Lift up your head, ruffle your feathers,
And flutter your white-striped wings.
I'll sit on a bench, and you'll perch on the branch,
And I'll trade you a story for seed.
Sing about sunshine, sing about flowers,
Tell me the mockingbird's creed.
Tell me of bluebonnets, coating the hills
With a carpet of proud, vibrant blooms -
I'll tell you of traffic on I-35
With rush hours starting at noon.
I'll sing you a song about cold buzzing lights,
Life sleepless and stressful and dull.
Your chirping is silenced by our modern life,
Where spring doesn't play much a role,
Where hills are a nuisance and sun is a threat,
Where bluebonnets get in the way.
You perch on your branch and the people pass by,
Too busy to care what you say.
Mockingbird, please, don't you copy this song.
It's an ugly industrial thing.
Teach me to flutter and ruffle and perch.
Teach me your songs about spring.