Master your tools
Before starting, let's say that I don't consider myself a fractal artist but a programmer. In my opinion a good fractal or algorithmic artist should be , first of all, a good programmer. Only in this way he or she can really understand the tools used to produce fractal images.
We often forget that the art masters of the past were first of all high-level artisans exploring incessantly new techniques.
Although I have to say little about art, I have a lot to say about this problem of mastering your tools.
To produce my fractal images I use the following tools:
- Ufattr - A program of mine that produces random fractal formulas.
- Program 2 - In fact a series of small programs written by myself to do some simple fractal rendering of the previos formulas
|Program 2||Program 2 + Gimp|
All images were produced starting with (different) formulas produced by ufattr.
Only the last three images I consider to be really mine in the sense that I master completely the tools that produced them.
The other images were really produced by the algorithms in Ultrafractal (or Gnofract4d) with little or no control from myself. This is more or less what Damien Jones called fractal production by chimps. I have a simple recipe for this that I often use:
- Browse your parameters collection until you find an image that you like
- Replace in all layer the fractal formula with another formula (I use obviously formulas produced by ufattr)
- If there is no "inside coloring method" defined try to copy and paste the "outside coloring method"
- Delete layers that provide nothing to the final image
I really would like to understand and master Ultrafractal, but unfortunately this means getting expert of at least four or five subjects that are very complex:
- Inside coloring algorithms
- Outside coloring algorithms
- Colour palette definition
- Use of layers
number 8 I take a few images produced by program 2 and create a simple collage.