We are so proud to introduce you to the art ofRichard Spix
Richard Spix is the master of surrealistic fractal compositions that has delighted the community at Renderosity for year and who has now come to DA for our own delight.
Rikk's compositions are exceptional in their creativity and their unbelievable beauty. And tell us about those worlds where our dreams dwell and our fantasy expands to open the gates to heavely kingdoms.
His works remind the viewer of those psychodelic and surrealistic masterpieces from the progressive rock era by Roger Dean, Michael Dubois and Rick Griffin, but they take the viewer even deeper, into worlds where fractals create a reality that might or might not be what the viewer sees, or what the mind dreams.
But let's hear it from Rykk himself, these are excerpts from his interview at Renderosity when he was awarded artist of the month in May, 2005:I first got into computer graphics way back in 1995-96. I started with a freeware fractal generator called "Winfract". I've done compositional fractal art on and off for brief periods since then. This period of making digital art started in Jan 2003 and has been my longest stint by far, owing mostly to the exposure and encouragement I've received here at Rendo.
I'm presently working on trying to create fractal images that would print well on canvas. Trying to use textures to give a painted look. In September, I am going to be showing my work in this year's DragonCon Art Show in Atlanta. It will be my first venture into that type of thing and I'm hoping to do well. I also want to start doing a booth at art shows in my general vicinity by this fall or next spring.
I have a few other ongoing projects that I work on when the inspiration hits. Some more scenes from Lord Of The Rings: Mordor, The Shire, The Pool of Ithlien, and The Ramparts of Osgiliath. I have to be in just the right mood to work on anything like that. Especially the Osgiliath scene because it has well over 200 layers so far (just one building is 90 layers) and images like that really tax your rig to its limits and the going is VERY slow waiting for any changes/additions to render.
I'm also working on using brighter colors for more traditionally "fractal" images such as the ones that one sees in the Fractal Universe Calendar. I use many earth tones in my work but one of my many areas for improvement is in the use and control of brighter, more saturated colorings.
I use a Dell 2.53GHz PC, with 1gb of RAM. For my images, I use Ultrafractal 3 and the freeware "flame fractal" generator, Apophysis 2.02c. Ultrafractal is my main tool because it offers the most versatility and control of colors and shapes of any of the available programs at this time. It has built into it many of the graphics editing tools and functions of high-end editors like Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro so you can do everything from a single platform.
Actually, sizing and rotating of layers in UF is a lot easier than even Photoshop, and you can use the Apophysis plugin to export flames to UF and make layered compositions with them that can also include "straight" fractal layers, as well. The background of the flames can be made transparent merely by pulling a slider control, and UF is capable of most of the useful layer merging modes found in PS and PSP.
Enjoy Rykk's exibition:
Richard Spix: Fractal Surrealism at its best!
Always and Forever
Bang a Gong
Brown Bag Kiwi
Chip 'n Dale
Christmas Card 2004
Clash of Ideologies
Easy Like Sunday Morning
Flying in a Blue Dream
Gnarl-ffle the Garthag!
Incense and Peppermints
Infinite Improbability Drive
Moria - A Fork in the Road
Not Quite Sonic
Orb of Osiris
Pearl Handled Spiral
Sigil of Horus
Still Life - A Pitcher o' 'Dads
Thru a Glass Onion
Wrath of God - Eden Lost
Rykk's Experimental Fractal Paintings
Creature From the Gnarl Lagoon
Embrangle-4 The Cartographer
Melodia - 4
Painted on a Plank
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