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Big thanks to :iconn8iveattitude1: for showing me the tremendous power of an edisk post-transform rotation. :D If you haven't seen her gallery already, you should check it out. She is a great fractal artist, but I should warn you that she has submitted over 1,800 deviations. :XD:

Now, I want to ask my watchers and anyone else, do you like this? Is it acceptable to have empty space in a fractal, or must the entire thing be filled? Are conventional organic fractal designs better or worse than those which look artificial or industrial? I want to know the answers to these so that I can improve my art in the future, so I would be very grateful if you could aid me.

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aumnomnomHobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is awesome! I can't believe I didn't check it out earlier. O_O The negative space really works here, and shows you know what you're doing.
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UniversalKinaseHobbyist Digital Artist
^^; thanks, I try to look like I know what I'm doing. :XD:
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Jaedle Digital Artist
Most of my apos do have empty space. A lot of my Ultra Fractals do, too. Flame fractals often have interesting negative space (the empty part) which can add drama. Really it is a matter of composition and personal taste. Some people don't like emptiness. I often put mine on my desktop so black areas can be kind of handy places to put icons without covering parts of the fractal. As for organic versus artificial/industrial, that is again personal taste. I like them about equally. About the only consideration is that some people do not like fractals much, and if you hope to appeal to them, they are most likely to prefer the organic ones or ones that look like abstract paintings. Your fractal is nicely textured and both well lit and attractively composed.
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UniversalKinaseHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that helps me a lot. :) I'm glad you like this one.
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Jaedle Digital Artist
I like it a lot. It reminds me a little of Japanese ikebana, the art of formal flower arrangement. I was actually thinking about negative space used dramatically since you asked this question, and I think that increased exposure to Japanese art during the impressionist period really brought that into fashion in Western art. I don't think it has ever really gone out since, actually. Japanese art, especially woodblock prints, has traditionally always treated the negative space with as much care as the positive space. In the 20th century that aesthetic started to really permeate all kinds of artforms, ranging from Italian fashion to modern architecture and even changed ballet choreography. The trick is to balance "something with nothing" in a pleasing way that looks striking to the eye. One of the best ways to do that is to have a composition that is not centered and somewhat asymetrical like you have done here. This piece has actually reminded me that I think a lot of my recent work is too centered and static. Thank you for this fractal; it is a bit of a reminder for me to work on my compositions harder. I've been wrestling more with color lately.
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SuicideBySafetyPinHobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: thanks for the boost to my confidence! :) this is beautiful! i thought it was a photograph at first! very nice flame! and it is showcased well with the blackness around it! :)
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UniversalKinaseHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I owe it all to you for the help you gave me. :D
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shiseihitsujiHobbyist General Artist
:eyepopping: WOW! I didn't even think that was a fractal at first!

As far as I'm concerned, empty space is totally acceptable and sometimes necessary to convey certain things (although I'm not a fractal artist, soo...). It's sort of the same as in dance; you don't have to be moving on every single note. As for organic vs. industrial...I don't think it's so much that one is inherently worse than the other, only that some have a preference toward one or the other. Myself, I can go either way if it is well-done and has pretty colors...but I'm a girl. :D (And, as I said, not a fractal artist. :XD:)
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UniversalKinaseHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. To hear such positive words (even is you aren't a fractal artsist :XD:) is truly inspiring. You have helped me move forward with your comments, and I am very grateful for that. :D
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shiseihitsujiHobbyist General Artist
:D You're welcome. Glad I could help...in my weird little way...:XD:
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