Prettify Your Bloom: Tips and Tricks
Fractal Art Week
Hello! It's C-91 here and, after people asking me tips on how to make flowers with Apophysis, I decided to write this introduction guide for the Fractal Week. There might be more in future.
Live with it: crafting flowers with Apophysis isn't the most original thing ever, but at least we can try to approach to the technique in another way and try to make them different from the multitude of results that can be found here on DeviantArt.
First of all, check the two blooms tutorials by lindelokse, which are the starting point for this technique:
Before we start...
Just so you know, 2D flowers are generally more versatile and suitable for crazy experiments than 3D ones. You can use more variations and plugins on 2D flowers without messing the shape up (and they will still be as spectacular as 3D flowers).
Color and Fractals
Fractals can be wondrous, colorful things. Color in artwork can exude life and vibrant energy that is inspiring to view. It can provide soul behind an image that draws you into the canvas created by an artwork, and engages your attention through a powerful, emotional response to what you observe. This article will be an amalgam of topics, covering utilization of color in fractals, some color theory, some examples, features, strategies regarding "color," and things to consider when choosing them.
If color is considered by viewing how "reds," "greens, "blues," and other tones interact and differ in artwork, then all the examples above are indeed colorful. However, this quality certainly isn't necessary in fractals; it's possible to make interesting things utilizing monochromatic gradient schemes.
How To Fractal Well
Fractal Art Week
A warm hello to the fractal community from heavenriver!
As a contribution to the upcoming Project Educate: Fractal Week, I present you with this article which will focus on (hopefully) useful advice on how to make your fractals better, by paying attention to a few simple, yet crucial components of fractal art. I will be using my own fractals as examples, not because I think they are the best of the best, but rather because there is criticism to do, and I would rather not inadvertently hurt anyone's feelings by taking their own fractals as examples.
Point #1: Colouring
A BAD example of colouring:
What is wrong with this? Contrast and balance. The former is exaggerate; the latter is nonexistent. Just to name one, the purple areas stand out too much overall, compared to the other colours; it's as if we had nothing else at all. The yellow at top kind of stands out too,
Structured IFS Fractals - Basic Elements
Fractal Art Week
This article is about structred IFS fractals - basically, stuff made with Apophysis, Chaotica, and other similar software. Those aren't formal names of the things - just a little system that makes things easier for me.
A structured fractal is basically composed of main structure (framework), fillers and effects.
This decomposition, of course, is not universal and not even unique (one may see a transform as filler, while another as framework, for example).
This is the transforms or a group of transforms that create the main shapes of your fractal. Removing or replacing one of those transforms with something else will change drastically the looks of the work. Many frameworks have emtpy areas to be filled with fillers .
While some frameworks people use are quite hard to figure out (those are few though, since there are not many people able to find their own original crazy structures), other are common, explained in many tutorials, fe