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Periodic Table by f--l--A--r--k Periodic Table by f--l--A--r--k
After nearly a year of work and research, the Periodic Table is complete.

I have endeavored to the best of my ability to accurately represent each element as a fractal. The table itself is up to date with current findings and research as of September 07, 2008.

The resolution is 17300x7280 at 300dpi. Each element has been individually rendered at a resolution of 3200x2400, and is available for a full-view in my gallery. Every fractal was designed, composed, and rendered using Apophysis (versions 2.06-2.08) and then the final assembly done with Photoshop CS2.

Many thanks go to Tony (~atd85) for his assistance in rendering quite a few of these elements, and to my wife for her inspiration and encouragement.

Unfortunately, I am placing a watermark upon this work so that I can share fullview at full size, as only 1600pixels will do no justice to this image.

*Edit: I've lowered the resolution of the image to allow for easier loading and viewing. I apologize to anyone who was unable to load it before. The print still remains full, high-res.*
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Given 2008-09-20
=f--l--A--r--k brings us the result of a brilliant conceptual idea, seen through to fruition! The artist has composed a piece of artwork that contains multiple fractals representing each of the elements in the Periodic Table... AWESOME!

The suggester wrote: "I believe this is one of the more creative fractal prints I have seen in a while. First, I cannot fathom how long this must've taken. Second, it's a creative way for the artist to display his work." ( Suggested by JennDixonPhotography and Featured by Sophquest )
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mash4d Featured By Owner Edited Apr 26, 2016
I am totally new in fractal world. Will you please explain me like you do with a kid? I want to understand what this periodic table means in fractal world.
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your interest!

I simply created a version of the periodic table with visual elements to help students who learn visually to learn the periodic table. There are many different and subtle indicators throughout the table. For instance, aqueous copper is what a new student would be most familiar with when working in chemistry, so I represented the element copper in the familiar blue color and liquid like. You can see the structure of carbon clearly in the visual representation and so on. :D
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Kelpalots Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"omgomgomg" :omfg Extreme OMG IS THIS REAL?! IS THIS EVEN REAL?! Extreme OMG 
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Ok, sorry, but if this is the real deal, then I want it. Expect me to buy the print within the next coming months! Respond back so I can keep it in my messages for later buying.
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed it is real! It took a long time for me to research all of these elements. :)
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Kelpalots Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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RangRang Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is one of the most amazing and ambitious fractal projects i've ever seen. all i can say is, wow!
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thank you. Hope you enjoy it!
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Hawkston Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is simply amazing.  Thank you so much for all your hard work.
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) You're very welcome. I hope that it is helpful to you.
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FiveOneFifteenART Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fav'd
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subjectchanger Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why are the elements periodic tags ex: Hg=mercury so small?
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
For a few reasons.
1.) First and foremost, I was pretty new to design at the time and not aware of many good design principals. I would do things differently now.
2.) The focus is meant to be more on the artwork but still to be a functional and accurate periodic table.
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Glaivester Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you determine a fractal for each element? Was it just something that seemed good, or was there some sort of formula?
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was really quite subjective. I chose each design based off of my research at the time as well as time spent in the lab with the different elements.
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SavvySaffer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
That's a LOT of work and dedication.
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed it was! It seemed so daunting in the beginning.
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MissyGainer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word comes to mind... AMAZING.
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thank you very much!
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psion005 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done :highfive:

Me--->:alien:
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :highfive:
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LiquidCandyRainbow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have loved this since I saw this in 2008. I wish that I could get this soon, and I wish that I could have coordinated with The Evergreen State College to get a large print of this in their science or art building.
I am featuring this in my 25k/25years kiriban/celebration. =) :heart:
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
:hug:
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FractalBee Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This is so impressive! :clap: :clap: :D
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It took quite a bit of work!
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Mararda Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Featured here:
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:)
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I appreciate your kindness.
:D
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Mararda Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is BRILLIANT! It is exactly what I have been looking for! I am very impressed indeed. :)
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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12monthsOFwinter Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
great idea!
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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12monthsOFwinter Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
welocmes :)
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RaVeNgUaRdIaN456 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, as a chemistry enthusiast. I must say absolutely amazing job! :iconclapplz:
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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RaVeNgUaRdIaN456 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
youre very welcome! :)
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spectre1130 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That thing is awesome
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:lol: Thanks!!!
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MissDigimonNinja Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome graphics
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MistrzFilut Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Is it scientifically correct? I mean do all those elements really look like this in nature or have some similar structural features or is it rather your own artistic interpretation?
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I took great precaution to make sure that all the information included is scientifically accurate.
The actual images are my own artistic interpretation.
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firedolphin14 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
cool^^
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Deceneace Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic project, but I'm wondering how is any of these related to any element :O_o:
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Take a look at the individual elements, and then let me know if I need to clarify more. ;)
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Deceneace Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried about 10 already, and it made me evn moar confused
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:(

I'll give few quick examples that I've used in the past.

I tried to depict the best way for people to remember the elements. So, instead of making copper copper-colored, I chose to make it look like the aqueous solution of copper which is a beautiful bluish hue. This would help those in classes especially to associate the element with what they're actually working with in the lab.

Element #36 Krypton: Under normal conditions krypton is colourless and odourless. However, it is characterised by its brilliant green and orange spectral lines. The spectral lines of krypton are easily produced and some are very sharp. This is what I wanted to convey in the fractal of Kr.

Element #6 Carbon: I decided to look to organic chemistry for Carbon (as would naturally make sense). Carbon can only bond with a maximum of four other atoms, so I depicted it having four bonds. Obviously double bonds and other such things can occur, but again, I wanted to keep things simple so that people could look, make associations, and remember quickly.

Other individual elements of the table have either in the description or comments more reasons why that particular fractal was developed for that element. I spent a great amount of time researching each of these elements to develop a specific fractal for each of them. I also left a lot of the descriptions out so that people could think about it themselves and fill in the blanks. You'll notice that a lot of the comments will answer why a particular design or color combination was chosen. I do admit that a few of them I had to make a stretch or take artistic liberty as back at the time not much was known about the particular element.

In addition, since the completion of my table, one new element has been discovered and would need to be replaced on my table.

If you have any more questions, I certainly will try to answer them. :D
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Deceneace Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
with carbon it was a good choice, also colour of neon (since most people think it's blue :la: )but when it comes to metals, it's hard to think of any association. And mentioning solution, it's not the raw element :omfg:

maybe with written explanation it'd be clear, but that's the way I don't like, that's why I don't read poetry as well, because without explanation and background it make no sense :no:
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frodo-echostar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
oh. my. word.

it's a good thing typing doesn't require mouth movement, because I'm speechless.
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:) I'm glad it didn't lock your fingers up too!
Thanks for the comment.
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