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Catherdral of the Ion Stream

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Artist // Professional // Digital Art
  • Sep 21, 1975
  • United States
  • Deviant for 16 years
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My Bio
i am a fortysomething computational mathematician. It's the inspiration for my work, and the current subject of my doctoral thesis.

father, husband, programmer, internet superstar, open source paladin, technical architect, computer engineer, gamer, writer, graphic artist, photographer, amateur radio operator, diplomat, and all-around super nice guy

i guess i could have just summarized my bio with one word:
"dilettante". ^_^

Current Residence: Charlotte, NC US
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Print preference: 8"x10"
Favourite genre of music: Anything
Favourite style of art: abstract and photomanipulation
Operating System: Mac OS X & SuSE Linux
MP3 player of choice: iPod + iTunes (I know, I'm a walking Apple commercial...)
Shell of choice: zsh
Wallpaper of choice: "Think Linux!" (with a penguin crammed into an apple)
Skin of choice: I'm comfortable with the one I'm in...
Favourite cartoon character: Jason Fox
Personal Quote: "Stupid people piss me off."

Favourite Visual Artist
M.C. Escher
Favourite Movies
A Few Good Men
Favourite TV Shows
Stargate *, Star Trek *, BSG, GoT
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Genesis and Semisonic
Favourite Books
HHGTTG, Dirk Gently, DragonLance, DarkSword, LotR, and so much more
Favourite Writers
Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien
Favourite Games
Final Fantasy Tactics, Valkyria Chronicles, FFVII, FFXV, Destiny
Favourite Gaming Platform
PS4
Tools of the Trade
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Wolfram Mathematica, Wacom Tablets, Canon & Sony Hardware
Other Interests
A little too much of everything

I love a video game with a sense of humor!

I love a video game with a sense of humor!

I've been playing "Dragon Age - Origins" on my Playstation 3 recently.  It is, in my humble opinion, an AMAZING role-playing game.  It features a novel and robust storyline, a massive world to explore, and a very complex interface - presented in an easy to learn fashion. It also has moments of great humor - a big bonus in my book, particularly given the somewhat somber and violet nature of the game's story.  It's also interwoven appropriately, it does not come across as forced or corny.   A great example is a list of the knights who died defending a particular castle in the previous age.  It features members such as
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A funny thing happened one morning...

A funny thing happened one morning...

So, I've posted previous journal entries and comments on deviations regarding my lifelong health challenges.  Overall, I've been very fortunate, however, that I am still highly functional.  I have a regular nine to five office job with a multinational mega-corporation, I spend time with family, I enjoy video games, I indulge in several purely recreational hobbies, and I have a large group of friends.  Once in a while, unfortunately, I am still confronted by acute problems - which given my long and varied medical history, can be difficult to diagnose. To pick up where this journal entry's title left off, I awoke one morning two weeks ago (and
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Cleopatra Kay: 1999-2009

Cleopatra Kay: 1999-2009

What a crappy month.  On Friday 16 October, we lost our youngest cat, Nietzsche.  Now, we've lost our remaining girl, Cleopatra (Cleo).  In less that two weeks, Cleo succumbed to stomach cancer on Thursday, 29 October. Nietzsche's heart simply filled with fluid too quickly for us to keep up with.  When this problem started, back in June, the vet drained a huge amount of fluid from around his heart, and told us it would likely come back - either fairly quickly, or somewhat slowly.  Is was some months before it came back - close to the 3½ months.  Then, again, it came back in several months, and was the final straw.  The fluid around his
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Thanks very much for the Favs.

Tom
No problem - your work is amazing! I faced a dilemma while looking at your gallery... did I really want make *all* your pieces my favorites? :)

While I numerous fractal software packages, I've not really used them artistically - I expect I'm just not versed in their use. Instead, I use the for the mathematic value, similar to how I use Mathematica. I was wondering if you'd be willing to share a little bit (at a high-level, not step-by-step details or such) on your process. I'm curious about how much of your pieces come straight out of the rendering software, and how many are moved into image editing software for post-production enhancements.

I'm sure you've been this for some time - and your work speaks for itself. Keep it coming! Thanks for posting your collection.

:macos:
Thank you very much for your kind comments. I'm glad you like my work. Over the past five years I have spent thousands of hours on Apophysis. Since the early days of Fractint (DOS base) I have been making fractals and printing them.

I would say that in only 1 or 2 percent of my images do I alter the image at all except for occasional color enhancement and adding title, name and year in text using Photoshop Elements.

I hope that answers your question. :-)

Best regards,
Tom
did u hear about :D
You make some impressive stuff yourself. I like your work and I'v only just glanced at it. Now time to take a thorough look.:o
Hello from a fellow North Carolinian! I like your gallery!