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My Renderosity Gallery
This is a collection of fractals, made mostly with Ultrafractal and Xenodream.
The nourishment which beauty gives to the soul is essential for the development of Renaissance Personhood. This beauty is pursued through the arts, and requires the pursuit of only the most excellent and uplifting expressions. Only to the extent that the arts awaken the awareness of human suffering and thus the burning desire to alleviate it, may this rule be broken. All forms of art that seek to debase both art and human dignity are inimical to the development of the spirit.
All original art on this web site is copyright © 1999-2009 by the artist.
I have processed a few of my fractal images made in Ultrafractal with Paint Shop Pro.
Fractals are computer generated art, among other things, based on the mathematical formula of Benoit Mandelbrot, known as the Mandelbrot set. Thousands of other formulas have been developed, most of them based on this original formula, or related mathematically in some way.
A frequent question has to do with the very fact that the images are generated by computers. This makes many people wonder if there is really any artistic element to them at all. In truth, there is, because the computer only does what it is told to do by the artist. The artist is the source of the artistry. The artist designs the fractal. The computer is the artist's paint brush, if you will, and the artist's collection of watercolors, pastels, or oils. We wouldn't say that the paint brush made the painting. In the same way, the computer is just a tool. You will observe that fractals truly are art as you examine the styles of many different fractal artists. We each have our own unique style or styles. That is the best evidence that the art really belongs to the human artists, and the computer is just a tool. By using fractal generation programs, the artist designs a unique mathematical formula or small program that will generate the unique image. The artist is always firmly in control of the creative process.
MandelbrotMandelbrot This first set of fractals is nothing more than different views of the Mandelbrot set. The first image in the series is the complete graph of Mandelbrot's formula. The other images are zooms into parts of the graph. When you zoom in on a fractal, you find that there is more and more detail, the deeper you go. You keep finding the same patterns, smaller, sometimes just a tiny bit different from the larger ones, or from each other. This series will give the neophyte some basic knowledge of what a fractal looks like.
Ultrafractal is a very complex program that makes it possible for the user to make multiple layers, each with its own coloring method and gradient. It is the most powerful program available, and it's shareware! If you would like a copy, go download it from their web site. People who use Ultrafractal like to tweak other people's images, which is to say, they make small changes. Sometimes we will tweak back and forth. Thank you to Queri and Ruth Antwine for permission to present fractals based on their tweaks of my tweaks or vice versa. If you wish to have contact with other users of Ultrafractal, for learning and mutual exchange, you may join the Ultrafractal mailing list. Thank you to the members of the mailing list and to those who wrote Ultrafractal and formulas for it. You are deeply appreciated.
XenoDream makes very different fractals, which therefore appeal to me in a different way. Some of these fractals were made in the currently available version, and some in the beta version, which when I put up the first five galleries, was about to become widely available. XenoDream fractals are made by combining and distorting holons. Don't ask me what holons are; I don't have the foggiest idea. To learn more about XenoDream, visit the Imagicosm. Special thanks to Garth Thornton and Paul N. Lee.
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