Flame Fractals:  Get the Fire Extinguisher!

Flame Fractals: Get the Fire Extinguisher!

My continuing Odyssey in the seas of Deviant Art has brought me to what I shall refer to as the island of Apophysis, that being the great flame fractal program created by Mark Townsend which utilizes the “flame algorithms” discovered or invented by Scott Draves, the author of Electric Sheep, the original flame fractal application … Continue reading

Fractal Paintings of Tralfamadore

Fractal Paintings of Tralfamadore

The intersection of Brummbaer (he doesn’t use a first name) and fractal art is something worth taking a second, and more careful look at. Brummbaer brings with him several decades of graphical and artistic experience and his “Tralfamadore” series of images are worth studying as well as appreciating for their fractal-ness. There’s something to be learned from Brummbaer’s fractal artworks. Continue reading

My Deviant Art Odyssey

My Deviant Art Odyssey

“A lot of the people I hang out with at dA are the same people that are at Fractal Forums…” Hal Tenny said that in a comment here on Orbit Trap recently.  After my recent posting, Renderfeast, which featured an number of Deviant Art folks (DAers) I saw people on Fractalforums.com remarking that they had … Continue reading

Fitz vs. The BMFAC 2011

Fitz vs. The BMFAC 2011

As the Robin Hood of the Fractal Kingdom, I feel compelled to take up the cause of our fellow countryman, “Fitz” and right the wrongs of the evil Prince John and his minions, the various Sheriffs of Nottingham known in today’s Sherwood Forest as “The Selection Panel”. Fitz’s claim is that –well let’s let Fitz … Continue reading

Wormhole!

Wormhole!

Fresh and only recently uploaded to Fractalforms.com, the Times Square of Fractalville, comes this modestly named image, Stable Wormhole.  Created by none other than the author of the famous Mayan-something images, Reallybigname… ~Click on images to view fullsize on original site~ It’s part of the ever enduring mystery of art that images like this rarely … Continue reading

Hello Everybody!

Hello Everybody!

Sometimes I just like to share interesting things that I find online that I think will be of interest to Orbit Trap readers who are “on the same wavelength” as me.  Perhaps that’s only one or two people but so be it. Lindelokse, an established Deviant-artist decided to join the gang at Fractalforums.com and announced … Continue reading

A Golden Straight-Jacket for Madman

A Golden Straight-Jacket for Madman

It’s not often I click on fractal videos these days.  Video is just tricky with fractals, especially when you’re trying to combine it with music or some sort of meaningful sound. But when I saw Madman’s posting on Fractalforums.com today, when he said, “This one took 10 days to render @HD quality, no anti-aliasing.” …I … Continue reading

The 2011 BMFAC Winners Are Announced

The 2011 BMFAC Winners Are Announced

  Why don’t I ever seem to get better, Dr. Jones? [Image seen here.] I feel strangely unmotivated to write about the 2011 Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest (BMFAC) "winners" this go-around.  I’m tired of BMFAC as a topic — maybe because while the competition makes changes that should improve it, it never really improves.  … Continue reading

An Art Form of Shape and Color

An Art Form of Shape and Color

By looking at all these weird fish images my hope is that you’ll stop seeing them as fish and start seeing them simply as objects of shape and color. ~Click on images to view full size on original site~ They have no need of being real, we can relate to them entirely as manifestations of … Continue reading

A Fractal Made Me Smile!

A Fractal Made Me Smile!

If you’ve been following my recent revolutionary thoughts about fractal art you may have noticed a few comments posted by readers here and in other venues relating to emotional experiences and feelings triggered by fractal images.  Such things are important from my revolutionary perspective because they appear to refute my theory that fractal art is … Continue reading

Hardwired Brain Fractals

Hardwired Brain Fractals

Who knew this was a documentary? [Image seen here.] It’s been a rather heavy week in science. An international scientific team in Italy claims to have recorded sub-atomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light. And just when you were finally getting comfortable with the fabric of the universe. Rip up that old model … Continue reading

Scenes Inside the Goldmine

Scenes Inside the Goldmine

Why do people make fractal art? Well, actually they don’t make it so much as they find it… steal it… dig it out of the dirt. Some of the best pieces of fractal art are things just picked up off the floor of the gold mine. The fractal miners don’t call them art. They don’t call them anything. They’re named by where they were found or by a date. Continue reading

Fractals: A New Medium

Fractals: A New Medium

I think I’ve found a better way to explain what makes fractal art so different than other art forms.  The differences are there simply because fractals themselves are a different medium to work with.  Fractals are different than paint and canvas or chisel and stone. In fact, fractals are probably the strangest kind of artistic … Continue reading

A Fistful of Fractals

A Fistful of Fractals

~Click on images to view full size on original site~ Mayan Trickster by reallybigname was a great piece of design but this one here by Jesse Dierks is what I would call a great landscape –a fractalscape. It’s a classic sci-fi vista complete with a rich, city of the gods in the distance.  Buildings that … Continue reading

Reallybigname = Reallygreatstuff

Reallybigname = Reallygreatstuff

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. Continue reading

More Manifesto Retorting

More Manifesto Retorting

Some time has now passed since Tim posted his thoughts on "The Fractal Art Manifesto" — basically arguing that Kerry Mitchell’s document glorifies the artist’s role and downplays the computer’s contribution. Mitchell, in a cut-and-paste epic-length response, half of which was merely quoting Tim’s original post, rebutted — and then called in reinforcements from the … Continue reading

Speak, Fractalbookers!

Speak, Fractalbookers!

How dare you? Really, really, really… [Image seen here.] It seems a flash mob of Fractalbookers has lowered the drawbridge and surged out of their virtual fortress. Upon hearing Kerry Mitchell’s clarion call on the UF List to defend his sacred manifesto (and legacy?), they’ve amassed in OT’s basement to pour their burning oil on … Continue reading

The Fractal Art Manifesto Revisited

The Fractal Art Manifesto Revisited

While it may not be as well known today as it has been in the past, The Fractal Art Manifesto, written back in 1999 by Kerry Mitchell, is one of the very few attempts to formally define fractal art.  If you visit the Wikipedia page for Fractal Art, you’ll see that quotations from The Fractal … Continue reading

BMFAC Slogs On

BMFAC Slogs On

Hi there. I’m sponsoring BMFAC. Send appropriate entries accordingly. [Image seen here.] I guess the 2011 Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest (BMFAC) slogs on. Here’s the latest scoops on what’s buzzworthy, overhyped, leaked out, historically revised, and outright laughable on the BMFAC front. Contest Sponsors As of this writing, and with less than a month … Continue reading

On Style 3

On Style 3

2766 by Jock Cooper Create your own visual style…let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. —Orson Welles The premise of this post is quite straightforward. I assert that Jock Cooper’s "Mechanicals" series is the most skillful, satisfying, and stylistic fractal art series to date. And here’s why:   11010401aa by Jock … Continue reading

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 5

The future of fractal art Well, bluntly stated, there is no future in fractal art.  At least not in the kind of fractal art that most artists are making today.  That’s the stuff I called Parameter Art in my last posting, Part 4.  What we’ve all seen is what we’re all going to see. Of … Continue reading

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 4

Pixel Art vs. Parameter Art In my preceding three parts I have dealt with what I see are the limitations of fractals for making artwork.  To put it simply, the geometric imagery called “fractals” has a natural bent towards the decorative and design type of art work.  Artists who attempt to create more serious kinds … Continue reading

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 3

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 3

What fractals fail to do… You can’t make art with them.  And we all need our heads examined for thinking we could in the first place. I should be a bit more specific when I say, “art”.  I mean the thinking man’s stuff.  The kind of image that provokes your mind to complex, intense thought … Continue reading

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 2

What fractals are good for, or, the creative use of fractal algorithms. Fractal art needs a reboot, a re-thinking of what it’s all about.  The optimistic forecasts from the early days of fractal art, the coming fame and pubic recognition, needs to be corrected and downgraded in light of what has actually come about in the … Continue reading

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 1

Rebooting Fractal Art: Part 1

What is Fractal Art Missing? I look at da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and I see something.  I look at just about any piece of fractal art and I don’t see that thing.  What’s fractal art missing?  Why does it always seem to be missing something that other art forms seem to have? I use the … Continue reading

BMFAC Announces Its Judging Panel

BMFAC Announces Its Judging Panel

  A symbolic representation of the BMFAC judging panel. [Photograph seen here.] The 2011 Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest (BMFAC) finally got around to releasing the names of its judges. They are: Honorary Presidents: Michael Barnsley Aliette Mandelbrot Panel Members: Don Archer Javier Barrallo Cory Ench Damien Jones David Makin Kerry Mitchell Samuel Monnier Paul … Continue reading

Give it up for CO99A5!

Give it up for CO99A5!

I just think it’s great.  It’s a strange, surreal place, nice composition, not oversaturated with detail and has nice, subdued but engaging color.  Check out the artist’s little story about the image: Description: This is a result of an intentional hybrid from the 3D navigator anomaly of combining two different works. At first I thought … Continue reading

Does the BMFAC get enough entries to be taken seriously?

Does the BMFAC get enough entries to be taken seriously?

Dave Makin tacked the word, “International” onto the Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2011 in his announcement of this year’s contest at FractalForums.com.  And while the contest could be said to span the globe, the word “International” suggests a status for the contest that is something of an exaggeration, even more of an exaggeration as … Continue reading