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Creating a Beautiful Fractal Image

Sat Aug 10, 2013, 6:02 AM


There are so many beautiful fractal images in the art world...

...and the ones here at Deviant Art are no exception!  The images are as diverse as each person who creates it.  I am a lay-person on the subject when it comes to explaining the art itself.   Simply put...fractals are based on Mathematical Equations.  The how and the why of this explanation still eludes me, but the beauty of the images keep my creating them.  For information about the underlying mathematics check this Wikipedia link  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractals

This journal will look at the elements that go into creating a beautiful Fractal Image, rather then the complexity of the base mathematics.


Sway by z00rekaOld Rings by SuicideBySafetyPinEva's style. by CopperColourMr Pig Learns to Fly by GypsyHIn the Arms of the Angel by MandelFish

I did not come to these thoughts about the "Perfect Fractal" on my own.  The following people gave me the heart of this journal.


:icontate27kh::iconmelinfrance::icongraphiclia::iconfraterchaos::icondoodler0305::iconjost1::iconichsehetotemenschen::iconproject-gammaray::iconairgiod::iconannemaccat::icongrannyogg::iconmargot1942::iconwolfepaw::iconlightbulbmoon::iconshadoweddancer: :iconablipintime::iconpeekeeboo::iconheavymetalteacup::iconpiethein21::iconlion6255::iconeresaw::iconrjohnstone:

Here are the basic essentials of good fractal images:


+Shape                            +Render quality
+Perspective                    +Balance                
+Lighting                          +Originality
+Texture                          +Symmetry
+Color                            

Here are examples of some of these qualities:


:heart: Shape is one of the first elements that make an attractive fractal.  It draws the eye in and captures it.  It can have symmetry or be abstract in composition. Sometimes it can have both!  We all have our own subjective ideas as to what constitutes a beautiful fractal.

  :heart: Abstract Candy Crush by phoenixkeyblackShattered By Joy by Lady-CompassionGregorian by FarDareisMaiWonderland by tatasz

  :heart: Symmetrical mondarius by piethein21A New Year's Toast by PeekeebooPastel Pinwheel by Shadoweddancer#000001 by LightBulbMoon


:heart: Perspective and Lighting (How the mathematical equation is made pleasing to the eye.)

                            Fractal Bird of Paradise 2 by wolfepawApples as Gift for You by Margot1942Black (K)night, White Dawn by GrannyOgg5.31.13 C by annemaccat


:heart: Texture and Color (The elements that bring life to the image.)

                            Blue Bacteria by Ichsehetotemenschenglassflower by jost1Moonlit nature by Doodler0305Beaucoup Boxes by GraphicLia

                            Entrelacement.... by MeLinFranceVia Delarosa by Tate27khThe Proposition by RozrrHouse of golden sunset by Vidom

           Color can also be used effectively as monochrome.

                            Polar Feathers 1 by AkuraPareUF-Hearts by LupsibergCorallimorpharia by KancanoMe under the shower by FractalDesire

                             Purple Heights Spiral by fraxialmadness3Curlvature by z00reka Soulis: Lava III by soulis0Heidrun 22 by Kattvinge


:heart: Balance (Keeping harmony with in the image)

                            Glacier by peinturealuileDepth and Color by DsyneGrafixThreshold by piritipanyGold Overlay by SuicideBySafetyPin

                            Mandelbulb Life by Undead-Academyflower rosette.... by FeliFeeIce flowers by thargor6Closer Look To A Cube Entrance by eMBeeL


:heart: Originality  (Have I seen this before...?)  (No....it looks new and fresh!)

                            Not Hidden Mickey by TABASCO-RAREMASTER280113_05 by 2old4gamezTulip field by mjdezoEnjoyment by Topas2012

                            Touch the Sky by moonhighBangle by f--l--A--r--kMy Mandelbulbs Have Flowered by GrahamSymFractal surface by FractalDesire



If you are interested in creating your OWN fractals....there are many free programs to download.  Among them are:


                           :heart: Apophysis  xyrusworx.deviantart.com/art/A…
                           :heart: Incendia  www.incendia.net/
                           :heart: Fractal Explorer  www.eclectasy.com/Fractal-Expl…
                           :heart: Mandelbulb  www.mandelbulber.com/index.php
                           :heart: Chaoscope    www.chaoscope.org/index.htm


So...what makes a great Fractal?  I think, that in the long run it is really up to the creator of the fractal itself...and the person viewing it.
To learn more check out ANY of these great groups listed below:

:iconfractals-in-mono::iconxtremefractals::iconspiral-fractals::iconfractal-organic::iconallthingsfractal::iconchaos-in-chaos::iconshareyourfractals::iconfractalhousewives::iconfractaldreams::iconchaoticafractals::iconmandelbulbers::iconuf-artists::iconthe-aposhack::iconminimal-fractal::iconfractalchromatics::iconfractal-explorer::iconincendiaryart::iconfractal-resources::iconapophysis::iconfractalflamers::iconfractallists::iconfractalvisions::iconfractalicious-lights::iconfractallovers:

I hope you have enjoyed this quick look into the world of fractals.....and maybe caught the urge to make some for yourself!


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This is an article I wrote for the group :iconprojecteducate: Community Week.

I truly loved gathering the images to illustrate the different elements of Beautiful of Fractals......and the people who created the images are some of my "Personal Heros" in the craft.

I would also like to add that if you are just curious about fractals and would like to ask real-time questions about it......check out :iconthe-aposhack: There is almost always someone in their. Also, at times they hold various events such as the recent "Helpful Critique" incentive......
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:iconfmr0:
fmr0 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Great article.
Thank you!  :D
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow....thanks very much...I am glad you liked it :iconpinklilyplz:
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heavymetalteacup Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This deserves a DD. It's a fantastic, welcoming summary and hopefully will get even more exposure!
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icononionsmileplz:  Thanks very much!  purpple. 
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Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Great article, and very informative.  Thank you for including one of my fractals. Flowers by Sugaree33-Art
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Epogh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist

Love what you doing for flames and the people they touch so dearly.thank you for everything .

you truly are the compassionate one bless you my friend

milo

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:iconlady-compassion:
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for such a kind comment Milo!
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Epogh Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem :sun:
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fractal1 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Great article with extraordinarily beautiful examples!
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Schnitzelyne Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very interesting article :) I always wanted to try and make a fractal :D
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for including one of my fractals in this interesting article :iconflowerthnxplz:
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GrahamSym Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Wonderful feature, thank you for including one of my works :hug:
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:iconlady-compassion:
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate it Graham...coming from you that means a lot....you are one of my true HEROES in the making of fractals....really!
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GrahamSym Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you kindly Jenny :hug:
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Airgiod Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job on the article! :D
If any more friends ask what makes a good fractal, I will likely start directing them here - I have a horrible habit of getting off topic when I don't have a text window in front of me, which often results in a multitude of blank stares :sheepish:
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mjdezo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
splendid article! you made a great job, thxs for the credit
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
nice!!!!!!!!
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AkuraPare Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013

nice article :clap: thank you!


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moonhigh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Way to go Jenny :hug: very nice article, great examples and a great resource for programs and groups! Thanks for including one of mine in the article. :hug:
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heySnapDragon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
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ABlipinTime Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First, a very nice article - well organized and written.
Thanks for the credit.

Second, there's another fractal program I've discovered people might consider looking into: Saturn-Titan:
element90.wordpress.com/softwa…

The program is only about 2 years old, or at least that's when the blog started. I haven't tried it myself, but the guy who made it has a ton of samples from it on his blog. It would be nice to see this kind of work show up more often on DA.
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TABASCO-RAREMASTER Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Great article .
Do I see a not hidden Mickey  over there ?
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VasiDgallery Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Beautiful feature and art! Thanks for share Jenny :heart:
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Truly amazing Jornal :) lots of information and amazing works:)
Thanks for including one of my fractals:) you did a great job:)
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
You made it to the Journal Portal! :iconlawooplz:

Fantastic article~ :clap: :heart:
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:eager::eager::eager:
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CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   General Artist
Lovely article, I enjoyed it! :hug:
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peinturealuile Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all Jenny:hug:
My best wishes for the group;sun:
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da-hub Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   General Artist
A very interesting article.  Thanks for the inclusion of :iconfractals-in-mono: there too! :hug:
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Kondratij Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Interesting article, beautiful  works,  thank you.
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mic-art Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Interesting article. Perhaps you should add "Mandelbulb 3d" among the free softwares, as it's not the same as mandelbulber.

 ;)

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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfacepalmplz:  You know, I was thinking that when I first penned the article.....and it got away from me before I remembered to add it....thanks for the prompting of it.....:iconflowerplz:
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StuKarver Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting article, thank you.
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GrannyOgg Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As I have come to expect from you Jenny, a well composed and informative article featuring a collection of very attractive images. Another one to add to my favourites!
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melodiousglenndog Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice article, dearest!!!
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RJohnstone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done. A very on-point introduction to some of the essentials of producing interesting fractal art. I appreciate the example images and the links to software and other fractal groups. -- Richard
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fractalbeauty25 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful features and thanks so much for the links to various programs! I've been wanting to learn a lot more about fractals :happybounce: now it's going to be easier!! thank you!
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GypsyH Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for including my work in this awesome informative feature. 
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013   General Artist
That is such a beautiful and colourful collection !
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Destiny58 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Very informative and well put-together.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article.  Showing the elements that go into fractal work really helps the viewer not familiar with fractals to appreciate them more. :)
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Aqualoop31 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013   Artist
very good! I'm agree with the previous speakers. Nicely done Jenny!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful article!
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Tate27kh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great presentation Jenny, very informative and well put together.
Thank you so much for including one of my pieces  :)
Things like this are a great help for the DA community.

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Margot1942 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
It's a very great article with excellents examples!! Thanks a lot  for including one of mine. :clap: :hug: :heart:
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Adrolyn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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LightBulbMoon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Great advise on composing a better image.

Thank you for including one of my works as an example :heart:
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wolfepaw Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A really wonderful article and shows such a wide variety of fractal styles and software!  Thank you so much for including one of my fractals as an example! 
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