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Snapshots from the Fourth Dimension

Oct 25, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

The sine-trap 01 and 02 render methods in Sterlingware have always captivated me. They have a real vintage sci-fi look to them. Download parameter file rocket02.loo It was only natural then to spend some time trying to find new color settings for them. Diamond shaped bean strings/ long tails with shark fin collars/ and then […]

Mandel with its head blown off

Oct 24, 2005 - Fractals - 0 Comments - Standard

Finally, a fractal program that saves in PNG format and also supports the use of high explosives. It’s called “perturbation,” which is, I assume, a standard mathematical term since I’m sure no one would deliberately give that name to anything. Download parameter file mandel.xpf It’s free, it’s fun, and if you’ve ever experienced the joy […]

Printmaking made easy

Oct 23, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

By now it may be obvious that my approach to Fractal Art is somewhat lazy. My creativity is limited to photographing fractals rather than developing them into more complex works. Download parameter file orangevilla02.loo We all have individual preferences, not just in style or artistic taste, but in the tools of art. I like to […]

Fluffy, the cat who loved rabbits

Oct 22, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Everyday I get hundreds of emails asking me to write about animals and the warm and fuzzy things they do. So at long last I bring to you the true story of Schwartz and how he came to earn his new name, “Fluffy.” Download parameter file spiral10.xpf Once upon a time Schwartz, my younger brother’s […]

Layered fractals: Images math never intended

Oct 21, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

“There are no natural fractal images, only post-processed ones.”       – Plato Alright then, the so-called “post-processing” is okay, and the debate has been laid to rest. But what about layering? Download parameter file flatblue.loo No way. It’s unnatural. Some layered “fractals” don’t even look like fractals. And it’s hard work too. When […]

Why post-processing is evil

Oct 20, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

I know it’s a dead issue, but I’ve never had a chance to speak on the matter and I feel like talking. Like a master geometrician allow me to solve this question in a few simple steps and then quietly sit down. Download parameter file evil2.loo First, stop me if I’m wrong, but the beginning […]


Oct 19, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

On an island in the Pacific somewhere there are trees that have very smooth but thick bark similar to beech, baobob, or fig trees (depending on what you’re familiar with). They have been known to live for 600 to 800 years, but once they are more than a hundred the inner wood disintegrates and the […]

Who cares what the name is?

Oct 18, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

A good name is at least a meaningful label. Like a magnet it attracts the right things and repels the wrong ones. Download parameter file glob.xpf Names I didn’t choose: Fractal Safari; Fractal Mine; Fractal Voyage; Fractal Journey; Fractal Tales; Fractal Caravan. I wouldn’t call this an art gallery, so I avoided anything artsy. It’s […]

The glory of fractals

Oct 17, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

When I first discovered fractals I was sceptical and disbelieving. I was curious, but I sensed that they were being hyped and promoted by some group of fanatics trying to make their little thing into something big. Download parameter file cutout.loo Then it was like falling down the rabbit hole, so to speak. Everything I […]

The fractal that dripped blood

Oct 16, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Or better yet: The mandelbrot that ate people. It’s because of chance discoveries like this that I keep experimenting with Sterlingware. I’ve never seen this sort of Jackson Pollock, paint all over the place look before. The color worked out well and has a number of variations that look just as good. Download parameter file […]