Creating Fractal Art

Creating fractal art is fun and fascinating.  It uses mathematics to create the shapes, generated within a fractal based computer application. There are many fractal programmes out there.  Some are free, others you pay for.  For a beginner, it is a good idea to try a few free ones before investing your money.

The first fractal programme I started learning was Apophysis.   When you open this programme, it generates a random batch (group) of fractal designs which you can then modify to your own liking, or you can start one from the beginning yourself.  Trying to teach one’s self this programme was like fumbling around in the dark trying to find a single exit in a great hall.  I played around for some time, without a clue what I was doing, and have to say, I did manage to make some fascinating shapes (pictured below).  After a while I decided it was time to get more experience, so I done a search online for help.  There was not a lot, but I did manage to find some, and learned how to make lily type flowers.

I like to modify the fractals from any random batch generated, to ensure it is a unique piece of art. Once you have modified the fractal and are happy with it, you then have to render the picture. This can take up to anywhere between 10 minutes to one hour or more, depending on the size and colour, your computing power and other factors.  After it is rendered it can then be saved and used in other graphics programmes. Once I have a fractal made, I will open it in Photoshop and create a background for it, or use one of my photographs as the background and use the fractal inside an art piece.

Some fractal programmes will create the complete picture and you do not have to modify it, but for me  I enjoy artistic interaction, using my hands, and imagination to create artwork, or at the very least to enhance it.

If you are interested in giving  Apophysis a try visit Apophysis.org

Here are some examples of fractals after they’ve come out of Apophysis.

Green Fractal Art Flower Fractal Art Shell
 fractals  Fractal Art Butterfly




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