Constructed entirely using Ultra Fractal 5.04. Just a little sharpening post work and signature added in PS
This is the most complicated fractal I have ever done. It has well over one hundred layers (I lost count). Many thanks to for his Realistic objects in UltraFractal which helped with two of the fish.
This work has been entered in the Oceans Contest at mentioned here: Annissina's July Feature + New Contest
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Once in a while, because I am a biologist by trade, I try to see how realistic I can make things. It's not always easy to do with fractals. I was particularly happy with the nautilus. Fish shapes are very difficult. I have to make a whole bunch of little shapes fit together in layers to make a fish shape. Butterflies and flowers, ferns and leaves are much easier because some fractal formulas naturally make those shapes.
I also sort of know that feeling of being bogged down by work/responsibilities, and well... for me feeling more agitated and anxious, because my creative outlet is getting bogged down or stuffed up.
I have to be doing something, ANYthing creative on some regular basis, to create my inner happiness...
I was extremely interested in your personal info. that you shared. My best science in college was Biology, (but I always was assigned other projects, because I could not or would not dissect anything. which I would gladly do, as they were very interesting. Living in a coastal state, we had option to do various "Focus's" in Biology and I chose Marine Biology. I adore it. I adore the ocean, and finally achieved my only dream, of living in a town that's ON the ocean... and getting involved in a group called "Washed Ashore" and the website is: washedashore.org
I am so happy you explained your interest in challenging yourself to see how realistic you can make things. I love fractal art so much... just ask Annissina - she knows this the most of any fractalist on dA! But it's one art I've not ever created before, but I am so into them, that I've learned a few of the terms, and like... what a "Mandelbrot" looks like by now. I didn't know it would be more difficult to create fish shapes over the others in the list, and how they are easier because the fractal formulas more naturally take on those shapes.
To me, that whole paragraph was absolutely fascinating, and I was grateful for the info. and education!
The thing about fractals, is there may be similar equations, and then ways to tweak them, and what not, but it just seems that no matter how seemingly simple or complex, everyone's end up looking different from each others- there's so many ways yet still, to be unique! It's endless! I love loving YOUR fractals...
It's difficult not to compare ourselves, in whatever art media we work in; it happens to all of us. But if you want to compare, just keep comparing yourself to yourself.
I hope that makes sense.
One day, if I ever do personal journals again, - it's been like a couple years or so, I would LOVE to do just a fractal journal- I've done that a couple times. *sigh I miss being about to do what I want to do on my own journals. Oh well..
'Nuff said about that..
I do know that Shadoweddancer is a new favourite of mine!
There is a lot of masking in this one. Fish shapes really aren't easy. It's a matter of putting an number of shapes and masks together. I also had some difficulty getting stripes on the nautilus shell. Every single one of the stripes is a separate layer with a mask.