The only place I ever go on a regular basis to see fractal art is Fractalforums.com. I don’t pay much attention to the names only the artwork. So when a name like reallybigname becomes familiar to me it can only be because he’s been consistently uploading interesting work.
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It was the colors that caught my eye, but on viewing the larger image I was genuinely shocked to see the incredible detail and stunning 3D depth to the image. This was apparently made with Jesse Dierks’ Mandelbulb 3D but I’ve never seen anything like it from that program or any other.
As the title suggests, this is one of a series of images uploaded to Fractalforums.com and here’s an even more recent one:
Everything is just great; the color, the lighting. And like the first one the incredible detail is …incredible! Really crisp, high-quality rendering too. This is a new benchmark for Jesse’s program and the 3D fractal category probably too.
Reallybigname must just have a flair for fractal “piloting” because he’s been making these sorts of highly detailed, geometric images for a few months now. This one from May, 2011:
Reminds me of the crisp, detailed and very stylish images by “blob” I reviewed in a post a year ago. This is the geometric engines of fractal art working in high gear; who could ever make artwork like this by hand? And could they do it better? The best any hand made artist could do to approach this sort of thing would be to copy something like this.
The first genuine all wood 3D fractal image. Wooden fractals? Doesn’t it look like wood to you?
This reallybigname guy has too much talent. Who is he?
I did some link clicking and quickly discovered his real name is Forest Walz, hailing from San Jose, California (or Costa Rica?). He has a website, REALLYBIGNAME.COM where it tells me that he’s… well, a screenshot is easier:
I knew this guy was talented. I’ll bet he has a YouTube channel. Could it be called “reallybigname”? Let’s try that and see:
He wrote the music, too. Notice the nice, clean rendering and the… oh no…the temptation to embed YouTube videos has me in it’s power… can’t… stop… it…
Slideshows seem a little tame compared to 3D flythoughs, but this serves as a nice portfolio of reallybigname’s work and suggests, I believe, that discovery is a big part of making interesting fractal work. There’s a wide range of imagery here but his recent Mayan Trickster series are the best.
In fact, I think the Mayan Trickster images are a good example of the graphical designs strengths of fractals that I talked about in my Rebooting Fractal Art series of blog posts. Reallybigname’s Mayan images may not be Picassos or Rembrants, but they are very good at what they do. And what they do is excel at complex graphical design; something Picasso or Rembrant in fact could not do as well as reallybigname here has done.
We need to start thinking of fractal art as the domain of geometric design and rich graphical wonders like these. Baseball players don’t make good swimmers, but when they stick to playing baseball they really shine.
Reallybigname has just hit a homer with his Mayan series. There’s nothing speculative or subjective about that; anyone can see how fractal algorithms excel at this kind of artwork. Fractal art is in a class of its own and this is some of the best of it.