While most artists would be accused of narcissism if they talked about how great and wonderful their work was, this would not be true of someone who does what I do.

The great creative power of Clickism comes not from an artist's mind or from their skill in operating the tools of their trade, but in clicking on buttons and occasionally adjusting a slider that improves what they're looking at.

The only real talent in Clickism is in discovering the talents of algorithms, such as those in photoshop ("photoshop-compatible") filters. As I wrote once before, Clickism puts the so-called artist in the role of a sports coach whose contribution is the direction of the players in the game and not participating or scoring goals himself.

So with all that put aside, I will talk about the greatness of the "Extractor-scapes", because I've made yet another, and because I still marvel at how rich and creative such a simple sequence of filters can be.

It starts with any image, preferably one with many shades, since that's what produces the intricate detail once the image is reduced to a mere black and white creation via the Extractor 1 filter from Mario Klingemann's VM set.

Take the image (anything at all, a photograph is good) and then apply the Overlap 4 filter from Andrew's Filters #22 set. This can be processed with the Extractor1, but it will have a nice symmetrical, ornate appearance if you click on the Mirror, Mirror filter from the Filter Factory Gallery A set and choose something good.

Now there's nothing left to do but experiment a little with Extractor 1 and try to produce a black and white ink sketch that looks interesting. As always, one has to experiment and make several tries before finding some worth keeping, but it's fun to do since you never know what the initial image will produce since the process is complex enough that the final result is near impossible to predict.

It's a bit like breaking a seal on one of those jars from the Arabian Nights; the ones in which King Solomon was said to have imprisoned Jinnis before throwing them into the sea. Sometimes nothing comes from it; and sometimes out pours a great big cloud stretching across the sky and forming into something dark, ancient and troubling.

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