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Meet the Fractal Community #22

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 9:00 AM by C-91:iconc-91:

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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


Hello BoxTail! How are you today?

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.

Emerald Occlusion by Swoopswatkill  Washed Out by Swoopswatkill


RemiisMeltingDots's tattoo design are really drool-worthy stuff.

OctopusGeisha by RemiisMeltingDots  mask bird print by RemiisMeltingDots  samourai for print by RemiisMeltingDots


If you're into colors, you'll like San-T's acrylic works, just wonderful color and texture handling.

Blue Dawn by San-T  Underwater Eclipse by San-T


Mars-Hill is someone who sees beauty in macro photography and it's a joy to watch their works.

Gerbera by Mars-Hill  thorns by Mars-Hill  Gazania by Mars-Hill

Any last advice to your audience?

Remember to have fun. :dummy:

Be sure to visit BoxTail's profile and gallery! :love:

Have fun and keep fractalling! :heart:

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RemiisMeltingDots Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thx buddy ;)
Mars-Hill Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
Thank you very much♪ (^-^)
crypted99 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool story... But it sounds like he is only copying params and editing them... That's not so breath taking but more like stealing imho. Nvm my opinion
C-91 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you knew BoxTail and his way of working (which I'm afraid is not really understandable from an answer of an interview, but we tried anyway), you would know that he can create a very complex fractal from scratch and he's able to tweak pre-existing params, make them his and be original. In addition, he always pays respect to the original artist, so...really, I wouldn't call him a param thief.
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great interview! And a lot of beautiful pieces. :clap: :heart:
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes. Much love. Very fractal!!

BoxTail makes amazing stuff!
Swoopswatkill Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Nice interview with a very talented and amazing fractalist dude! And if he's ready this, thanks for mentioning my works! :dummy: :hug: 
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