Showing posts from July, 2008

Fractal Dim Sum

Can small pictures be an artform?
It all started with my file browser. I wanted to be able to browse images at the same time as other files, so I adjusted the size of the thumbnails in my Linux file browser, Nautilus, to the size that they would be in any decent image viewer when in browser mode.

Funny thing though; sometimes the thumbnails looked better than the larger versions. I would get all excited seeing something I had made a few days previously, and then when I clicked on the thumbnail and the full size image appeared I would be disappointed with it.

Sometimes Art Can Be Too Big?
Yes, that's right. It's not just a matter of the smoothing effect of anti-aliasing that usually occurs when a small thumbnail is made from a large image; I thought about that right away. Smaller images just seem to change the context in which they are viewed.

It's the same way with Chinese Dim Sum. Dim Sum, meaning little bites (or so I'm told) is where you go and eat a lot of little …

Walking Heads

I came up with an interesting color setting for Sterlingware. The process is one where I work with both the fractal program and graphics program in sequence. So I experiment with Sterlingware and find something that looks promising and then save it. Then I open it up in the graphics program (Xnview) and see if I can make something out of it. Through trial and error (many of them) I eventually come up with something that is a combination of the best aspects of both programs. A symbiotic situation.

Original Sterlingware image. Not so exciting, but not quite finished yet either.

The fractal program and the graphics program work together. The fractal program doesn't have to produce something that is finished, it only has to produce something that the graphics program can finish using its many graphical effects. I used to think of the graphics program as "post-processing" and turning the fractal into something just plain digital.

But lately I've begun to view the pro…

Fun with Mirrors

After three hundred and something postings, one has a tendency to repeat oneself. Or, euphemistically speaking, revisit previous themes. I must have said something about this. Symmetry, maybe.

Here are two sets of images, made in Sterlingware, and anti-aliased 2 or 3:1, although I'm finding that anti-aliasing doesn't always make for a better image. I used Alfredo Mateus' photoshop filter, Mirror Mirror (1996) to apply a very simple mirrored effect that often has a very complex results.

The filter divides the image into four quadrants (isn't that what quadrant means?) and allows you to position each quadrant in four different ways. So, I'm assuming you can rotate each square into any of it's four possible positions. Actually, that's not quite right, because sometimes I can put the top piece on the bottom, so it doesn't quite work that way. It doesn't matter, because if you try it out you'll soon see how it works.

It produces a mirrored effect…

Art Fist: The Brutal Code of Color!


I made this image in Sterlingware with only a slight hue shift in XnView, my trusty side-kick. Although Sterlingware is now over 10 years old, which is pretty old by software standards, and lacks many of the new features that extend the rendering powers of fractal programs (i.e. user formulas and other junk) I consider it to be the current Heavyweight Champion of Fractal Art without any real competition.

Am I nuts?

No, no. Not at all. It's because of Sterlingware's color capabilities and the ease with which it allows you to experiment with it. A color coup d' etat.

That's right. This is about art, first and foremost, and only secondly about fractals. Art is the more important factor in the label, Fractal Art. (Write that down.)

While new formulas and all that other confusing stuff may sound exciting to the mathophiles in the fractal art world, and has probably lead to the current stagnation of fractal art, it's what you do with the structures created…

Fake Kandinsky: Roto-Chicken

One-Click Kandinsky, made with Fyre

When art meets alogorithm
like an old master meeting a machine
struggle ensues

Abandon the old master
Abandon art
Put your money on Roto-Chicken

Unappealing perhaps
Forget the name
Follow in the steps,
easy to distinguish
Of Roto-Chicken

At times you may wonder
how the chicken may wander
but watch how he blunders
into art

Clickism 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Started with Vernissage.8bf, then Mosaic Toolkit (Lance Otis), then ...out comes the hammers and wham-o-rama! until I saw something that shouted out, "Hey!". Works every time.

Pulsar: Song of the Whipper Wire

I heard this explanation of a pulsar once, it had something to do with radio waves and some cyclical thing and was just way too scientific to be true.

I said to the guy, a professor I think, "Wait a minute. What if you're all wrong and it's just some creature in a cave of blinding light snapping back and forth like a whip -- cracking, pounding, hypnotic, wave-like, sirens of Jupiter trance?"

Yeah! Whaddaya say to that? Eh? Mr. Science Man!!!.

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Sterlingware sine trap fractal and uscomic.8bf. Newton got hit by an apple; I got hit by this. ...And the rest is history.

Blue Screen of Death Vs. the Red Planet

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Just a simple, pure Tierazon fractal and no artificial ingredients, except, of course, the text which was done with the simple and quick text feature in XnView. I think the typeface is Tahoma, 8pt.

Fatboy Gets the Loot But Learns to Enjoy Sharing With His Tiny Cousins

Was he a bully? Or did he just show more initiative?

Over the years his talents quickly developed along with his ability to find the good stuff, haul it off -- and wolf it down.

Of course, his tiny cousins were better off at reaching the small recesses of the cave and cleaning those places out. But in the end such a strategy limited their growth and caused them to compete with each other and not with numero uno -- Fatboy.

Fatboy was in a position to do away with all three of them quite easily now, but they were hard to get at, and since they couldn't really harm him or steal his stuff even if they tried, he paid little attention to them. They were family too.

For all his massive size, Fatboy could sure move fast when he spotted the golden crunch. Old, bored, or just a change of heart -- they didn't know -- but one year he started sharing the loot with them.

Everyone changed. It was like old times again. It didn't take much from Fatboy's pile to keep the cousins heap…