Hello and welcome to the 22nd edition of Meet the Fractal Community, a series of interviews to highlight our beloved fractalists!
Today, let's have a chat with BoxTail
Hey there, I'm fine, just lazy enough not to clean my glasses.
Can you introduce yourself?
Dude living in southern Finland, known as BoxTail or Jan. I've been on DeviantArt for 5 years, but started to be active 3 years ago when I discovered fractal art. As a fractalist, I mostly do structured fractals but enjoy other techniques as well.
How did you discover Fractal Art?
I discovered fractal art and thought of it as being a chaotic mess. At the time I was working to get a college media diploma and wanted to represent the internet through visual art. Some googling happened to take me to DeviantArt and discovered this odd Apophysis program. I downloaded Apophysis and started to create this concept for the art installation. Maybe after a week of many failed attempts proved what I wanted was too much in such short period of time. However I decided to drop the project and focus on fractals. With that decision a whole new world opened for me and I became addicted. Then I discovered the #Aposhack... Yeah, from then to now I'm there almost everyday. I finished my studies and got my diploma by writing a report on fractal art.
Many of your fractals show very complex structures. How did you work to achieve this kind of knowledge?
I've spent a lot of time with tutorials and got help in the #Aposhack from people who made some of those. Interaction with other fractalists is one of the main components: you get to ask immediately if something isn't working or get all kinds of new ideas (and you may also have to listen to weird math discussions). Another component is to understand what variations do in Apo (for example: spherical and bubble), then how they interact with each other. Then experimenting with given limits, trying to get a specific look. You do all this and then repeat it. Once comfortable, try something new with it. And then do the next one.
It would be wonderful if you could reveal a few details of your creation process.
My creating process just takes time depending on gradients. Yeah, picking colors takes the most of it. I tend to go back and forth to get what I want and sometimes I might have to render the fractal several times. But let's rewind a little bit.
I start with an idea I have in my mind and work towards it.
At this point, I usually make some mistakes and takes some time to fix them.
- First, I figure the framework out, so: how stuff is supposed to be for it to work and how to set Xaos (if needed).
- I fix mistakes and then add the actual variations.
During these steps I constantly copy/paste params into notepad or save it.
- Usually I set up basic coloring to see how stuff actually looks like.
- I spend some time to adjust structure and refresh it with new transforms or shapes.
- I set up coloring once again, like I described earlier.
I might have several Apophysis or Chaotica windows open with different colors or tweaks and framings, which both play an important role.
- I render with Chaotica whenever possible, so I can play with curves and control the colors better.
- Once everything is done and rendered, the search for a title begins, and that can also take a lot of time.
Most of the time, a title pops into my mind while creating the piece or rendering, but sometimes (when the artwork is very cool) I can't name it, so I allow myself some more time.
Lately, I've tried other programs like Mandelbulb3D/Fragmentarium or Ultra Fractal.
The process is similar to the one I follow for Apo/Chaotica fractals, but I especially rely on other people's parameters.
Is there any deviant you would recommend, and why?
If someone is new to Mandelbulb3D, they better have a look at Swoopswatkill's gallery.
RemiisMeltingDots's tattoo design are really drool-worthy stuff.
If you're into colors, you'll like San-T's acrylic works, just wonderful color and texture handling.
Mars-Hill is someone who sees beauty in macro photography and it's a joy to watch their works.
Any last advice to your audience?
Remember to have fun.
Be sure to visit BoxTail's profile and gallery!
Have fun and keep fractalling!