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Journal Entry: Tue Jan 17, 2012, 8:25 PM
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Hello dear fractalist. guagapunyaimel is here. I'd love to discuss something with you all.

I love my art just like any other artist of any genre of art. It's beatiful, it's genious, it's briliant. But sometimes this feeling came to my mind: why am i doing this fractal thingy anyway? Some people that i've been interviewed said that they feel relax when they doing fractals, it's like a way of mediatation to them. Some said that they were fascinated by the complex detail of fractal, the intricated endless pattern that they can see all over the space.

For me, i'm doing fractal because i love art. that's the main reason. the second is that i can't draw cool things that i saw with my hand. well i can draw, but i think it's not that original and not really good. So when i found out about fractal, i feel like this is the best medium for me to pour my passion in art. I can create a beautiful image with fractal by just playing around with buttons and numbers without having to have a magical hand. Button is my brush, monitor is my canvas, and pixel is my paint. But after some point i get the feeling that this 'why' is not enough for me as an artist. For me, an art is nothing if they don't have social impact. And this far i still haven't got any idea what's fractal art impact to the social world. Or mybe it's just me who can't feel the impact? or maybe my art has influenced many people but i just didn't realize it? I don't know. the fact is that right now i still haven't found my 'why' on fractaling.

Do we really need the 'why' on doing something? well i say 'Yes'. The only thing that i believe didn't need a 'why' is love. any other things in this world need its 'why'. "well there you already have your answer. you love to fractaling, so you didn't need the 'why'. you just love to do it and that's all you need". No no no no. that's not my point. well yes i love fractal art. that's the reason i doing it all this time. but i need another 'why'. we need the 'why'.

So, dear fractalist, Please let me know about your reason why you do fractal art. I'd really love to hear it. :)


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Radman1919 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first joined DA I ran across Fractals, I was like "Dude would you look at that, that is sweet" So I complete some research on the method to make Fractals and I was hooked.
jjordan12 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I fractal because I suck at most other art, and fractals are awesome!
Benimation Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fractal art is new, that's what's got my attention. Also, they look damn awesome!
rvallync Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Might as well. Can't dance. :D
AkuraPare Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
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KasparDividian Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This is a great post, and I know exactly what you mean by 'why'. I know why I started, which is because fractals are the closest thing that an artist has to actually recreating the Infinite.

Of course we have to reign-in the infiinite while we create. After all, you could render an image out to 1,000,000, but that would take a supercomputer a few weeks at least. You could create your image the size of a wall or building, but that would be hard to do on a 17" sceen.

Still, these images are DEEP! Deeper than anything else. You can look and look, zoom in and in, and even after all of it. . . there is still more. And this is all with a FINISHED fractal. When you are creating, you are rendering an Infinite amount of possibilities, and only by changing one thing!

Where else can you find this much depth, an electron microscope perhaps?

I started looking for fractals when I wanted to start a facebook post theme where I would post a deep and Infinite image along with a spiritual quotation. They just seemed right for each other, and people seemed to love them. At first I used other peoples, giving credit and linking back of course, and then I decided that I needed to know how this was even done.

I have to admit that I blow through most pepole's fractals because they are boring to me. I am always looking for the Inspired fractal, the Infinite fractal. The ones that are DEEP and almost trancing in their movement and grace.

To paraphrase a great movie quote; "not everyone can create great fractals, but a great fractal can come from anyone." There are some wonderfully magical fractals that spread and are shared widely. Some are built from the framework of others, and some are happy accidents that amaze us.

This is WHY we do it. The next one could be that ONE for us. The outside-of-box holy crap that's awesome fractal that we long for and strive for. This feeling is infinite as well, because once we feel like we have acheived this coveted fractal, we will be looking for an even greater piece to top that one.

That's why.
AirElephant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The first time I found Apophysis it seemed the program that make different abstract lines and patterns. Then I found that there could be done beautiful images with stunning colours and lovely effects. Now I'm experimenting with Apophysis, trying to find new methods and strategies to create my 2d fractals as well as 3d.
Mack3r3l Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
It's the only thing I'm good at.
Neferit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Personally I started with making fractals because I was fascinated by the (seeming) uncertainly of the results I will get, if I tweak this, and add that and... I would like to say that over the years I quite improved, and from simple fractals I got to more complex ones. At least I hope so, hee.

I think that the results of fractalist work are portaits of fractalist him/herself - once I can be all complex, then I am completely simple; next time I'm full of radiant colours, then I'm full of calm colourful tones; seemingly dull colours hiding complexity and radiant colours hiding simplicity. That is something I would never achieve in any other medium - once I lack the words, then I would lack the ability to express myself though portait and that would be it :(
moonhigh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wrote my own journal regarding the reason why I fractal, it refers to your journal and :icontheoldestfart:'s comment. Here is the link [link]
LonesomeFaery Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I originally started making fractals in Apophysis because I learned about them by way of `DragonWinter's gallery, and thought that maybe it was something I could someday be good at. I'm not very good at most "traditional" art forms, but I was decent in photoshop at the time (still am). So over the years my reasons for making fractal art have obviously changed. Once I got into it and got myself involved in the community I realized how many lovely people there are. I didn't have an outlet for a very long time in which to express myself, so being able to make beautiful images that other people can appreciate, while simultaneously helping myself out is a very wonderful thing. No matter what mood I'm in I find that when I work at it and finally get something I'm pleased with, it cheers me up. :) I also just enjoy the creativity, diversity, and originality that you can find in fractal art.
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why oh why... Right in the moment when I am creating the fractal, I don't know why I am doing it. It's fun ofcourse, I feel purposeful because I am just creating something. A few weeks later when I look at the image, I often feel like hitting my head agains a wall. Because I find out that with that fractal I illustrated my state of mind, I expressed my feelings without knowing about it. Well not every fractal of mine is based on that, perhaps about 60% of them are expressing my feelings.
Sometimes there is something stuck in my mind, some image or concept that I saw somewhere - in my dream, in a book, heard in a song - and I want to reproduce it in my way. I can't get it out of my head until I transfer it in an image or a short story.
Need. Need is the right word. I need to create and the need is almost painful yet pleasant. I guess that fractals just happend to be the right medium to ease my pain of carving for expressing my ideas and emotions.
I agree that I don't have a sense of some "higher purpose" but I think that one has to be a true master of art, be absolutely sure in what they are doing and then they can start doing something for society. I think that `yuumei illustrates this opinion of mine perfectly. In the beginning she just drew "stuff" and now her flash comics open people's eyes, evoke tears and perhaps teach people how to be better...
Topicality Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Even though I don't post anything... I have been experimenting ever since Fractal's PE Week, I have to say... I love math and Fractals makes my love for math grow stronger :love:
TaraRoys Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I do fractal art for the good and simple reason that I love fractal artists. Specifically, I love the community here. I probably would not be doing fractal art if it weren't for the fractal artists on Deviantart and the Aposhack in particular.

The intersection of math and art fascinates me, but it is the people that fractal art attracts that fascinates me the most. Smart, artistic, somewhat mathematical, interested, and all around fun.
mikey1964 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I do it because I don't know how to hold a pencil or a paint brush. And it relaxes me, a form of therapy :)
LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow - what a great idea for a journal and what a great response, G!!!

I read through these answers with great interest! All of my reasons are covered!

For me, losing my ability to work outside the home was a huge factor in regaining my interest in art. In the early 1990's, I saw an article in National Geographic about fractals and was instantly captivated! Though severely math-impaired I could really appreciate the images.

When I first got my computer in 1998, one of the first things I searched was 'fractal' and BOOM, the party started! I tried many kinds of freeware before settling on Apophysis which I always found very frustrating though increasingly versatile and amazing, then brought UltraFractal around 2004 I think. That's when I joined dA.

I feel that an artist's "special purpose" is to share their art - the art they design to provoke feelings in themselves and others. It's one's need for the "why" of art.

Making a strong and consistent effort to keep learning and being inspired to create is part of what makes us homo sapiens. Art inspires me to do that and cycles around causing me to create more images and 3D objects.

Perhaps you know those so-called 3D images that you have to kind of cross your eyes to see the 3D effect? Fractals are like that too. Once you see that effect or the fractal, you DO begin to see them everywhere, enriching and deepening your understanding of the living world around you.

As a long time photographer, exploring fractals is an extension of that love and skill. I love to go into</> the fractal and take as many exposures as possible, often going back to the same set and tweaking off and on for YEARS! LOL!
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
To be honest, it is a medium that I just randomly settled on :3 Now I keep making them because they are fun to make!
esintu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The reason why I started, the reason why I kept going and the reason why I'm still doing it have three separate stories. I was going to type it all up but I decided otherwise. I'll come straight to the point - to the last question. I see myself not as a creator but more of an explorer, compiler, assembler, and a conveyor. I explore fractal patterns. I collect the ones I find curious, rare and valuable. I either decide to present them as they are or stick some of them together to enhance them. All this process invokes thoughts and emotions in me, and I try to express and convey them to any onlookers. Fractal art has a different process than more traditional, generative art forms like painting and sculpture. It has much stricter borders for what it allows you to 'create' from scratch on demand. I find it much more suitable to free discovery and experimentation where that process heavily influences the final product. It's somewhat similar to photography in that sense if you also include photomanipulation in there (and appropriately, I also dabble in those as well as fractal art). I'm not very talented at 'creating' things. If that's a must-have for an artist, I'm not one. I find that I'm good at aesthetic exploration, experimentation and synthesis though, and fractals, as well as photography, allow me to do that without creating something from scratch.

Good question :)
FranEll3 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a very interesting hobby if you will to spend time on during the day for me. Of course you may look at it as a profession if you use it in your work for many it's a pass time. I find I can spend hours on end fractaling & never get bored. And it's fun to try & develop a style, technique that's all your own. It's fun, it's exciting, it's fascinating, & you look at other artists work & see the beautiful things they create & it's challenging. I can't imagine what life would be like without digital art. It would be a very dull world indeed.
BootRecords Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Originally, I started fractalling because poetry isn't really an art form that "sells well" on dA and I don't get my hands to reproduce the images in my head in an acceptable quality. I had come across fractal images sometimes by then and was always impressed by the patterns and forms they consist of, which led me to try it myself (with the help of some of the according tutorials here). Thus, I decided to give Apo a shot and was fairly impressed by its possibilities. So much in fact, that I decided to stick to fractalism and even began to try and learn about the mathematics behind it.
turon-marcano Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
The first time I saw fractals I became amazed by them, their beauty, their pattern, the math behind it, that's why I started doing them, and that's why I keep coming back to do them now, even I don't create them as much as I did. I while ago I became I little bored with them because I couldn't keep update with new plugins, scripts and tutorials. Now instead of being obsessed to try all the possibilities, I just do them for fun and for the reasons that I started.
timberwolf90 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the idea that math is behind what I'm doing, not just something I'm doing randomly with my hand and mind (like painting....or whatever...)
I love the color varieties and seeing the end result and especially explaining to people WHAT fractals are.

I've also loved the whole nature and PHI relationship to it. I ALWAYS keep that in mind. In high school, I would stay after class and while grading papers, I would discuss chaos theory, PHI, the Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio and Fractals. Then during a school trip, my math teacher and I would go out and find pine cones and count the spirals (ie the Fibonacci Sequence). This got me interested in math and more and more into fractals. I eventually got right into Apophysis and have loved it ever since!!! :heart: :heart:!!!!
Deceneace Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since I have to study, I'll gladly procrastinate and flame upon this topic. And it is trully tricky topic.

Have you seen a circle? Of course you did. At least that's what everyone would be thinking. More likely it was bunch of pixels, carbon on bumpy surface of paper, and possibly even worse. In one way, fractals are freeing us from unreal euclidean geometry. And it is also not true. If there was no circle in our heads, how come we were thinking about the same thing. And so do fractals exist in our imagination, and they did before somebody could name them. And there is no better place for art than in our heads.
I've spent maybe same amount of my life sleeping, as I spent it listening to music, browsing pictures, or simple observing. At the beginning I'd have laughed at galleries and strange classical compossitions. But after enough time, such as psychiatrist believe everybody need a cure, intelligence employees believe everybody lies, I started to believe I know art. Why not? I can clearly see things that cannot be explained in any language.
To worry even more, I see fractals. I see them in street patterns, in urban distribution, in the trees and the sky. And yet even more, I've possessed a power to create them myself. In old languages, art was merely a skill, not some fancy perspective mutation, or higher level of feelings. And I believe I've become a fractal artist (and many of you did not).
And how did it change my life? I have forseen. Like there was a new candle on the earth. Not much though. But I will never see world as before.

...first one to find 25 grammer mistakes wins a candy ;)
Zombie-Killer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
because fractals look cool
Free2BeDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love fractal art because it often reminds me of elements that are alive. All around us are examples of fractal form, and that it comes to life in my work is a reason that keeps me going doing what I do. I LOVE IT!
Epogh Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi there I do it cause I love beuty and its free so I can do it.
Its the Art of the future and the art of past its magic
I love fractals
eReSaW Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
The making of fractals relax me. I see reflected in some fractals the world - news, books, movies, songs or just feelings.
In my circle of friends and relatives are fractals a pure computer game.
I don't care - I love it.
Craig-Larsen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I kind of agree with you. I love artwork. Unfortunately when I draw something it looks like I gave the kids a box of crayolas.....fractals have given me the abilities to create something that I find visually appealing. Apophysis has got to be one of the best free softwares I have ever come across.
deadened-glow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do fractal art to get my creativity out and it helps me with my synesthesia (I hear in color). Fractal art digitally and in traditional art, fascinates me.
deepbluerenegade Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am an engineer.

I am a nerd.

I can explain to my friends how it works.

I love color.

I want to share the beautiful things I create.

Molly : )
Ace60 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
it's fun, fractals are fun to play with.
StephLS Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was oblivious to the world of fractals until I joined DA and met a fascinating digital art designer from Australia. She had recently taken up fractaling with Ultrafractal and her works inspired me in a way I had never felt before. The thought of marrying art with concepts I had learned in physics classes was euphoric to me. Gaining an understanding of what a fractal truly is has possessed my mind for three years now. This is because of their occurrence in almost everything I do, from jerry-rigging a better set of antennas for my TV, to trying to get a "best" measurement of a shoreline distance on a map in GIS classes, to just editing a fractal flame in Apophysis. It is my love of both science and art that inspires me to make fractal art. :heart:
fengda2870 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
mandalamker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I started a s a game!!Now I am hooked on them,Itry any new program I know of
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a self-challenge for me. I love being able to express myself abstractly with fractals, since I've never been particularly fascinated with figurative art. I'm a lot better at imagining concepts as messy and very detailed ensembles of colours and shapes, just like fractals are. :D
Preach-it Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2 words. My Kids. I create fractals to draw attention to my orphanage and the plight of the Malawian people as a whole. I live in the second poorest country in the world, second only to Haiti who's been getting undue attention as of late. I've lived there too. As a missionary I use my art to edify, exhort, support, and sustain. It's done well for me.
guagapunyaimel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
That's a very nice of you. Art to unify the people. :thumbsup:
Preach-it Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
7hanx. It's also inspired others to do the same. Blastin' Oakley from Omaha is doing a print based on some of the images he found on my FB site. All proceeds go to the kids.
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I always found it to be fascinating even back when I didn't do it myself. When I finally joined dA because of the option of chatting in english I came across so much beautiful Art and a lot of those pieces were Fractals - So one day I asked one of the artists I came across (today I can't even tell who it was lol) how they were doing it and they told me of Apo so I downloaded Apo and yeah got quiet addicted though I was much to impatient with Apo - later I gave up on it when I fell in Love with UF :D For some reason UF is easier for me also the rendering times are lower depending on the formulas used and yeah....

Actually I'm pretty much something like a jack of all trades....I do more fractals than other stuff still I don't call myself a dA-tag says "Deviant of many Talents" even though I don't call my art a Talent....I barely talk good about myself :D but I guess I have more talent with Art than with maths or related things ( maybe a reason why I gave up Apo lol)

More questions? - just dare to ask xD
Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is easy to answer. I love making them. Simple as that. I love the challenge.
piethein21 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the reason i started it was to create monsters and stuff from the batches (did some "tweaking" but didnt know much more then increasing a trans will give you more "stuff" xD). people in the shack said i was going to raw fractals in a later stage probably. And that happened. I think i like fractalling so much cause its challenging and there is always room for improvement. for the first its that translation thing that if you have something in mind you cannot just draw it you have to translate your idea into transforms and plugin combinations. though i like experimenting as well.
all this wouldnt be that fun if the results wherent looking nice. That "fractal look" is truely fantastic. As for me im not good in drawing with my hands neither so fractals make me able to make nice art anyway ^^ . i can express myself in art without it being ugly and thats a nice fact :)

the reason for fractalling not being well known is because it takes time to explain the concept. and either you are doing the large lines and people understand it half. or try to do it precise and people dont pay attention anymore. I think people find it hard to start. i havent seen any fractalist say i tried it for a month but its absolutely boring (could be me not meeting these people though xD).
Peope do find the looks cool and they do find it visually apealing. I'm having fractals on my walls of my room and people that come in for the first time all say : oh wauw thats cool man.
A lot of people havent encountered any fractals in their life (with knowing it). This makes it fun and nice to show them :)
starsandclones Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Digital Art has fascinated me for quite awhile and I did some a very long long time ago. Then some funny things happened at work with snorkels and inflatable rafts (lol had to be there) and so I came online to get some stock for making a related picture for my best friend. Then I started searching and learning more about photo manipulation and reading everything I could find. Then another friend asked me to design a cd label for her husband and I have been addicted ever since. I tease her and say my art passion, it's all her fault. ;)

Why Fractals,
Fractals I came across in a search and I was totally awestruck by them so I wanted to learn more about them and create some for myself. Now I read everything I can get my hands on to learn more about how it all came to be and how it all works.

It's a challenge and intriguing and relaxing and when you get the "ah ha" that is the best feeling and to know you created it. This keeps me opening up Apophysis everyday and at the very least creating one picture that I like.

To me it is not so important to have everyone like it. Everyone has their own style and design when it comes to creating art, it is subjective in that respect but at the same time it is nice to receive a few kudo's here and there.

I don't think I would have discovered this passion without DA and the people who willingly share what they have learned so a huge thanks to both.

Happily ever after fractaling like crazy..... :)
0-Vla-0 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like space, smoke and mist, abstract things, the hidden beauty of math, I like to percept the atmosphere of colors and depict various moods through it. So I've become fractalist because fractals contain all of it.
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love doing it. I am a chaotic person by nature (just ask my husband :iconmelodiousglenndog:) and I leave chaos pretty much wherever I go.
Doing the fractals helps me to focus on the small part of my mind that loves "order". I think that is why the beautiful symmetry of Julians really appeal to me.

I originally came to DA looking for BLEACH art as that happens to be a personal obsession! I have even dedicated a few fractals to the BLEACH genre.
Fractalholic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I came to DA in search of Photoshop tutorials and tips on graphic design! Very quickly I came across the first fractal I'd ever seen! It was awesome! Suddenly I had a new mission! I had to know how these were done and if it was possible for me to do something like that! That was almost 2 years ago and I've been hooked ever since! Like the title of all my images I'm a fractalholic! It became an addition and if there's a cure I don't want to know it!

The "why"! Hmm! Well I started doing this because my health fell apart and fooling around on a computer is all I can really do! At first it was a hunger for knowledge of how to make these wonderful images I've seen! Then after a while it became an ambition! I wanted to join the ranks of the "elite" for lack of a better term! I thought that making very nice fractals and getting recognition would be satisfying and somehow make me a better and happier person!! (fractals are magic aren't they) Once I started down that path fractals weren't as much fun anymore! I spent more time and energy trying to get my fractals noticed and on a quest for pageviews and fav numbers!! I spent most of my time frustrated that I wasn't getting noticed and didn't have many pageviews and fav's!! Finally I came to realize that I was miserable playing the "notice me game" and had to re evaluate why I was doing this! I realized that I was very happy when I first started and was now miserable trying to attain the "elite" status!! I gave up trying to get noticed and decided I liked my fractals and as long as DA would let me I'll keep making and posting them! I wasn't going to get caught up in the "notice me game" again!!

Now I'm a happy camper again!!! Sometimes I feel like a treasure hunter searching for the hidden treasure inside all these formulas! It makes me very happy when I find a little treasure inside these formulas! And it makes me very happy when I get to print one of my fractals!! Fractals are a treasure and when I find one I feel like a very rich man!!
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fractalholic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
:hug: I'm so glad I came to my senses!!
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You and me both friend!
T3DRAGOON Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same as you really.
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Digital art always has interested me, especially since I can't handdraw things well at all. I like being able to form something out of chaos, and I have heard IFS called the "chaos game" or something along those lines before. I do fractal art to take my mind off stress, because I can spend hours at a time making things, tweaking them, and then going in many directions from a cool concept. Plus, I can make mistakes that wind up looking better than what I had originally.

I suppose those are my reasons.
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