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Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2005

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 10, 2017, 1:02 AM


Moonlit by aartika-fractal-art


A selection of works created using Ultra Fractal 3 and 4 during 2005


Perhaps one of the most useful updates to Ultra Fractal in version 4, released in 2005, was the introduction of the "Explore" tool and 'Eyedropper' previews, allowing a dynamic preview when exploring the parameter values, something I now completely take for granted and really wouldn't be without. Before that, more often than not, it was often a question of guess a number!

The other major addition the software was the ability to easily create Animations, although this isn't a feature I have personally used a great deal. A couple of years I did have a go at making a Christmas Card - this fat Robin Red Breast was the result!

Robin Red Breast wishes you a Merry Christmas! by aartika-fractal-art



Water Sprite by aartika-fractal-art  A Small Picnic by aartika-fractal-art  Multishell by aartika-fractal-art

Kerapesque by aartika-fractal-art  Cherry Bomb by aartika-fractal-art  Crimson Tipped by aartika-fractal-art

As you can see, traditional spiral images were the order of the day!

Shangri La by aartika-fractal-art

Pale Vine Leaves by aartika-fractal-art  Rubrix by aartika-fractal-art 




Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2004

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 24, 2016, 5:22 AM


Black Magic by aartika-fractal-art


Having settled in to village life in rural Shropshire, 2004 was a year for more experimenting and creating with Ultra Fractal 3, exchanging ideas with fellow artists and beta testing new formulas.

Black Magic won me a small prize in a competition held on Renderosity!

Ultra Fractal 3 ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art Renderosity Art Community ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art


This is a small collection of fractals from 2004, all created using Ultra Fractal 3.

Some more Big Spirals :



Willo by aartika-fractal-art  Polostareen by aartika-fractal-art  Corallina by aartika-fractal-art

Copper Beans by aartika-fractal-art  Conchaloid by aartika-fractal-art  Peppermint Cream by aartika-fractal-art


And one of my personal favourites:


Evolution by aartika-fractal-art


Some of my work was featured in the book "Digital Art for the 21st Century" written by John Grant and Audre Vysniauskas audre and published by Renderosity:



Digital Art For The 21st Century - Featured Artist by aartika-fractal-art


More fractals!


Dishy by aartika-fractal-art  Ratatatata by aartika-fractal-art  Certainly Not The Olympics by aartika-fractal-art


Winter Wonderland by aartika-fractal-art  Simplon Digest by aartika-fractal-art  Crinella by aartika-fractal-art



By 2004, I was joint editor of the Avalanche Publishing Fractal Universe Calendar along with Linda Allison

Citrus Nepuella was included in the calendar for that year which can be viewed here: www.fractaluniverse.artsociety…


Citrus Nepuella by aartika-fractal-art



One of a very few fractals I have created using Apopphysis:


Smudge by aartika-fractal-art


Rusty Snails - another one of my personal favourites!


Rusty Snails by aartika-fractal-art


Finally, here is the rest of the gallery for 2004:  aartika-fractal-art.deviantart… 



Earlier journal entries in this series:


Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2002
It seems like a strange thing to say now, but it took me quite some time to be able to create fractal spirals! Back in 2002, I used to eagerly await parameters posted to the Ultra Fractal mailing list by Peter Krysko and Mark Townsend, whose work often featured beautiful, big spiral patterns, often with a 3-D quality to them, but I remained mystified as to how on earth they had produced them.
   
So, when I finally twigged how to consistently create spirals I couldn't get enough of them, especially of the big, single variety! To an extent, since that time, those big spirals have become one of my hallmarks, and something that I have returned to time and again over the years.

I continued working with a small group of close friends, experimenting and beta-testing new Ultra Fractal formulas and sharing ideas, always pushing for more a
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2003
2003 was a busy year in our family life, having lived in Glasgow for five years since the children were babies, we moved to our new home in England, new jobs, new schools, a new life in a small village, very different from the big city life of London and Glasgow we had been used to for so many years!

In what little spare time I had I continued the steep learning curve of fractal art - this is a small collection of fractals from 2003, all created using Ultra Fractal 3.
   
   
Looking at some of this work now, I can see that it could be construed as being somewhat rough and ready, with some being rather sickly-sweet; I have to try and resist the temptaion now to go back and rework them. They are what they are - representative of a developing skill using exper


Year by Year 2000-2015 - Introduction
Over the next few months I intend to write a series of journal entries based on each year's creative work and how it came about, since 2000, when I started using Ultra Fractal.
So this is just an introduction, one of my personal favourites from each year - not necessarily the best either technically or artistically, but the ones that either mean the most to me, perhaps say something about me, or that I just like :)

I've created a Year by Year Gallery which includes the fave four from each year, plus sub-folders for the body of work for each year (a few years still to complete).
Click for: Year by Year Gallery
Slowly I'm going though my old folders, from Ultra Fractal v2.04 though to v5.04, re-rendering where necessary, to ensure proper representation - this is still very much a work in progress!
Click f
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000
We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.
The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!
One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2001
2001 represented a steep learning curve for me while continuing to work with Ultra Fractal. I had the good fortune to be able to beta test new formulas for several UF formula writers which forced me to get into the habit of exploring every parameter setting in the algorithms, something which continues to help me to really get the most out of the resulting fractal imagery.
One of the things I wanted most in my own work was to be able to incorporate interesting textures in to my work and constantly asked for a greater variety of parameters which would include texturing that was part of the fractal pattern itself, rather than just layering it on top of the fractal. The results of this are apparent in the works from that year.
Community activity that year included a fractal art contest, Ultra Fractal Contest 3, Creating a Series, Summer 2001 , hosted by Janet Parke infinite-art 





Gradients: Alcohol Ink Washes for Ultra Fractal

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 8, 2016, 1:51 AM


Alohol-Ink-Wash-Gradient by aartika-fractal-art

A set of single hue gradients for use in Ultra Fractal:

Ultra Fractal 5 Stamp by aartika-fractal-art

Designed to mimic the type of wash effect seen when using Alcohol Inks, such as those used by beautifulchaos1 , for example:

. It's a dirty job! by beautifulchaos1   The Dark Side by beautifulchaos1

You are welcome to download and use this, and to adapt the individual gradients for your own requirements :) (Smile)

Each gradient has a single hue - additional control points of varying hues can obviously be added if needed.

To Save the Gradient File:


Select all the text below, starting with 000 and ending with the final curly bracket, copy it and paste it into a plain text file (eg Notepad) or the Ultra Fractal Editor, then save it as a *.ugr (eg Alcohol_Ink_Wash.ugr) file in your Gradients Folder:

Alcohol Ink Wash GradientsTo Save the Gradient File:

Select all the text below, starting with 000 and ending with the final curly bracket, copy it and paste it into a plain text file (eg Notepad) or the Ultra Fractal Editor, then save it as a *.ugr (eg Alcohol_Ink_Wash.ugr) file in your Gradients Folder:
000 {
; Alcohol Ink Wash (aartika).
gradient:
  title="000" linked=yes smooth=yes rotation=9 index=408
  color=16777215 index=9 color=3158068 index=20 color=2500166 index=76
  color=3947738 index=124 color=9013741 index=220 color=16777215
  index=380 color=16777215
opacity:
  smooth=yes rotation=9 index=408 opacity=17 index=9 opacity=255
  index=20 opacity=255 index=76 opacity=226 index=124 opacity=201
  index=220 opacity=166 index=380 opacity=17
}
010 {
; Alcohol Ink Wash (aartika).
gradient:
  title="010" linked=yes smooth=yes rotation=9 index=408
  color=16777215 index=9 col



Demo Parameters:


Copy everything from Alcohol to the final curly bracket and paste into an open Fractal window.

Alcohol-Ink-Wash-Demo {
; aartika! fractal art by Tina Oloyede
; www.aartika.co.uk
; aartika-fractal-art.deviantart…

; No restrictions on use
::/wToIhn2tf5SPyJOQc87tU/dwi7dP4X8YXxhdVkWtSRKHSkyxROgpxZAMCMzO93+UGaeNAzk
  9UWtq7TNVZX2/Lqf2Fp1iYjI/3OeAhMKTuMy5Pyj1Z68T/d5Tn+qoJ70HkFaH0/oSMZRhuuo
  Mp6SmJyj5iyFXl1NRc70jrlJKTTkzXUlC0ny1XlJyfn/AO4BiLm7c8Q3o7WqYRlRpLjc+o1E
  i6g0ViYl5aEGWgnVNqvBblSNqQWfBW+EZURbuRVlf1O9CpJTnczkopBZqFlNViaZpJ6qs54h
  CRVlq8S/iBWl1RuP4iKEXKjw9DPVXX0EhPeY8puRnqylliCIRUYO3+SqDCme9V7jnMt1frFc
  HLdQVP2tt+gqxorNwjwKcGbjQ1jmsaZDkDTATuwzaIH/ssJyH+fFkwg5YDC4lbt02kdbgNxC
  Q34zu9xRnm2INd7cI+ynhp2lVSfMtEHpSgd2xD2debuobzXIeRZ1KBBLTcmM+pIIGz003rO3
  mWMqpK1Ly8vXBvbUlNQ86rD6yHQUK1lyjH0tm1uyVlSR9sA/ZjoMRUncuNOfM8/VtIRB/35W
  a5alM6jdz84hL381/KSXUA/HKe+sqoKXiAvX7SGohxd2BBL6TyE7LYUThWDljdvrRoatR0VP
  dC7yRqyE5LQhEE1cdNUySYEq/gZ+gdsnvvPB3V727j459KfDOCZb7wue97frTKJI0Di/NfjT
  i4RZcP2gdaww4D9YU/AIF3X83lKmU2eyaAVAqamoGs6uUPjcl/MtsyY3CMGX+scypZDHcMTD
  jWJevBaT+/Ca3/i+Ob/LjtxhDVfsVM8NH8VA8UhMfPG2G3b8IlzCJhDgir3Eaz4UA3IjgFZI
  WMqLxiU9Oojn6g5cPfC3/9h7l6aEjnJpJcdpcWhx2QtGWBhsNbblxMKemGmdEzbw243gtXSx
  j1X3B57g8U9+e33yWxqTFtT0KjgJUy49iDxi55ywhBD29ITUMQrUPXvB2iMnWDC8ZDrP1f95
  IvHGvQVrIT2CcdhaWDs4lA7kSWenLamMW3TgVDz6JYXImtEi/v79vk7c7v4mrp3KtG7flzCY
  BDl4eDMbImwdDGBT8cAEur0lzwj9iS2+AAqXwuHAAdNvTz40p+whf/EM7MFtm38Ybjbgg2A3
  sS513dbVxWQvVBrbBnu8S6NA2/UE/0ladbZybzsvDjevqezq696pkvTbju0Z11v67FDo7UXz
  D3tu+EevJBI2/2bjmpq1V28d+WPQSb1+YwWWtKZ7PYEv5wBNsY4/AoPrzHN=
}

Alcohol-Ink-Wash-Demo by aartika-fractal-art



An additional set of multi-hue gradients adapted from these can be found here: Gradients: Multi-Hue Ink Washes for Ultra Fractal

Gradients: Multi-Hue Ink Washes for Ultra Fractal
This is a set of multi-hue "Ink Wash" Gradients for use in Ultra Fractal.

They are adapted from this set of single hue gradients designed to mimic Alcohol Ink Washes.

You are welcome to download and use this, and to adapt the individual gradients for your own requirements :) (Smile)
Scroll down for a couple of Demo parameter sets.
No restrictions on use.
To Save the Gradient File:
Copy and paste all the text below, starting with 01 and ending with the final curly bracket, into a plain text file (eg Notepad) or the Ultra Fractal Editor, and save as Multi-Hue Ink Washes.ugr in your Gradients folder:
01 - Flame {
; Ink Wash Gradient - Multi Hue
gradient:
  title="01 - Flame" linked=yes smooth=yes rotation=9 index=31
  color=4274513 index=-369 color=3352901 index=50 color=3549294
 


Beginners to Ultra Fractal may find this tutorial useful: Ultra Fractal Tutorial: Create a New Gradient File

Ultra Fractal Tutorial: Create a New Gradient File
This is quickie tutorial for beginners (and maybe for those old timers who've been using Ultra Fractal so long they've forgotten how!) on How to Create a New Gradient File in Ultra Fractal.
At the end of the tutorial you will have a nice set of colourful gradients to choose from for when you're stuck for ideas, and be able to apply them to the Fractal files you are working on.
As your experience with using Ultra Fractal grows you will find that more and more you will create and edit the gradients you are working with "on the hoof", but to start with it's a good idea to have a range of gradients to choose from as you're learning.
It's also useful to know how to save Gradients you've made while working on an image for repeat use at a later time.
Remember the Help file in UF is also very extensive, and will assist you further in creating and editing your Gradients manually.

One word



This resource was originally posted as: UF Gradient Pack: Alcohol Ink Washes

UF Gradient Pack: Alcohol Ink Washes by aartika-fractal-art






Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2003

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 30, 2016, 8:53 AM


Pellicula by aartika-fractal-art

2003 was a busy year in our family life, having lived in Glasgow for five years since the children were babies, we moved to our new home in England, new jobs, new schools, a new life in a small village, very different from the big city life of London and Glasgow we had been used to for so many years!

Ultra Fractal 3 ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art

In what little spare time I had I continued the steep learning curve of fractal art - this is a small collection of fractals from 2003, all created using Ultra Fractal 3.

Whirlionus 02 by aartika-fractal-art  Whirlionus 01 by aartika-fractal-art  Jacqueztory by aartika-fractal-art


Racers by aartika-fractal-art  Patchwork Quilt by aartika-fractal-art  Cellular Blocks by aartika-fractal-art

Looking at some of this work now, I can see that it could be construed as being somewhat rough and ready, with some being rather sickly-sweet; I have to try and resist the temptaion now to go back and rework them. They are what they are - representative of a developing skill using experimentation, exploration and a lot of help and interaction with friends.

Having said that, I think Schnapper is still one of my personal favourites!

Schnapper by aartika-fractal-art


Yet more big spirals!


Thistledown by aartika-fractal-art  Boudoir by aartika-fractal-art  Lilac Wine by aartika-fractal-art

Papillon by aartika-fractal-art  Over the Rainbow by aartika-fractal-art  Dorothea by aartika-fractal-art

At this time I used to upload my work to Renderosity, where a growing fractal art community was developing.

A couple of pieces of mine were included in the Renderosity magazine, including Sophomore

Sophomore by aartika-fractal-art

I also had a tutorial about introducing texture into fractal art published in the magazine - I know I scanned it a while ago but now can't find it! When I do I'll upload it to DA. It is quite out-dated now as at that time there was no explore tool in UF, so the amount of texture had to be added and fine-tuned by manually typing in numbers. One of these days I'll getround to updating it for UF5 and will post that here, too.

Sandals by aartika-fractal-art


Finally, here is the rest of the gallery for 2003:

aartika-fractal-art.deviantart…



Earlier journal entries in this series:


Year by Year 2000-2015 - Introduction
Over the next few months I intend to write a series of journal entries based on each year's creative work and how it came about, since 2000, when I started using Ultra Fractal.
So this is just an introduction, one of my personal favourites from each year - not necessarily the best either technically or artistically, but the ones that either mean the most to me, perhaps say something about me, or that I just like :)

I've created a Year by Year Gallery which includes the fave four from each year, plus sub-folders for the body of work for each year (a few years still to complete).
Click for: Year by Year Gallery
Slowly I'm going though my old folders, from Ultra Fractal v2.04 though to v5.04, re-rendering where necessary, to ensure proper representation - this is still very much a work in progress!
Click f
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000
We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.
The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!
One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2001
2001 represented a steep learning curve for me while continuing to work with Ultra Fractal. I had the good fortune to be able to beta test new formulas for several UF formula writers which forced me to get into the habit of exploring every parameter setting in the algorithms, something which continues to help me to really get the most out of the resulting fractal imagery.
One of the things I wanted most in my own work was to be able to incorporate interesting textures in to my work and constantly asked for a greater variety of parameters which would include texturing that was part of the fractal pattern itself, rather than just layering it on top of the fractal. The results of this are apparent in the works from that year.
Community activity that year included a fractal art contest, Ultra Fractal Contest 3, Creating a Series, Summer 2001 , hosted by Janet Parke infinite-art 
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2002
It seems like a strange thing to say now, but it took me quite some time to be able to create fractal spirals! Back in 2002, I used to eagerly await parameters posted to the Ultra Fractal mailing list by Peter Krysko and Mark Townsend, whose work often featured beautiful, big spiral patterns, often with a 3-D quality to them, but I remained mystified as to how on earth they had produced them.
   
So, when I finally twigged how to consistently create spirals I couldn't get enough of them, especially of the big, single variety! To an extent, since that time, those big spirals have become one of my hallmarks, and something that I have returned to time and again over the years.

I continued working with a small group of close friends, experimenting and beta-testing new Ultra Fractal formulas and sharing ideas, always pushing for more a





The Fabulous Digital Art of Dan Kuzmenka ~ kuzy62

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 26, 2016, 8:08 AM


Viaque by kuzy62

It has been my great pleasure to have known and worked alongside my good friend Dan Kuzmenka for the past fifteen or so years, albeit from opposite sides of the pond, and now to be able to feature a collection of his work here on Deviantart.

Dan Kuzmenka kuzy62


:iconkuzy62:

Always good-natured, friendly and helpful, it is an honour to have him amongst my friends.


Lunamorph by kuzy62  Selenium Marsallas by kuzy62   Funkytown Ballz by kuzy62

Prescence by kuzy62  Teltos by kuzy62  Wreath Wallpaper by kuzy62

When I started using Ultra Fractal back in 1999/2000 Dan was already an established and well-respected fractal artist who had participated in the Frontier between Science and Art exhibition, which toured Europe in 2000. Dan is not only an artist, but also a software / formula developer and has worked over the years with many different programs, including Ultra Fractal, Apophysis, Xenodream, Groboto and most recently, Cinema 4D.

Dan's website: www.fractalus.com/dan/



Junk Pile by kuzy62


I hope you enjoy this collection of Dan's art!



Ultra Fractal

My Smaller Maelstrom by kuzy62



Chisawo by kuzy62  Mateko by kuzy62  Yenthu by kuzy62


Apophysis

The Fabric of Space by kuzy62

Spokes by kuzy62  Hatosia by kuzy62  The Darkened Dimension by kuzy62


Xenodream:

Watercolors by kuzy62


September 11 2001

We all remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the breaking news of 9/11. I was alone at home in Glasgow when the news broke on TV and messages started to filter through from friends around the world. Dan was one of those who witnessed the events as they unfolded in front of his eyes, his emails driving home the true horror of what was happening:

"I work right across the Hudson river from the World Trade Center.  I watched as the second tower collapsed. All I can say is that I am numb.

It is really unbelievable.  Almost surreal.  It is like something out of a Bruce Willis movie.  I walked outside a few minutes ago and looked across the river and the buildings that we all thought would stand for a 1000 years are just gone.  It is utter chaos around here.  The phone lines are jammed and traffic is at a standstill.  New York city is basically shut down."

Sobering words and events, never to be forgotten.


3D Art:

Rainbow Stage by kuzy62

Junky Jacks by kuzy62  All Fall Down by kuzy62  Just some spheres by kuzy62

Aquarium Wallpaper by kuzy62

Please take the time to browse and enjoy Dan's gallery here on DA:

Dan's Gallery: kuzy62.deviantart.com/gallery/…




My Daily Deviation Highlights - Ultra Fractal

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 26, 2016, 2:53 AM




This is part of a Community Volunteer project highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks!

The community is encouraged to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! 
The idea behind this project is to help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!

Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so your journals can be found!





Personal Journals by aartika-fractal-art ~Summary

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 25, 2016, 5:13 AM


Floris by aartika-fractal-art

News


Edge of Infinity Exhibition - January 2006
SOLO EXHIBITION & WORKSHOPS
Tour : 7th - 20th January 2006
A touring exhibition with educational workshops on board Kent County Council's Arts Bus as part of their "Arts In Motion" project.
17 prints of Tina Oloyede's fractal art were chosen to go on display in this exhibition, which included workshops designed to give visitors an introduction to the concept of fractal art, together with some hands on experience using the software Ultra Fractal .

On Tour with the Magic Bus!
Dominique Jadoul, the Project Manager for Kent County Council's Art Development Unit set up and organised this exciting project
The exhibition and workshops took place in January 2006 on board their Arts In Motion vehicle - a 'state of the art' mobile arts centre, with modulable internal arrangements that includes a gallery space, an IT studio, a library and a
  Art of Infinity - Fractal Art Exhibition - 2007

INEFFABLE ACCALMIE NEOLITIQUE by Etienne Saint-Amant EtienneSaintAmant 
In September 2006 Simon Trapnell, the director of the Nature in Art Museum at Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucestershire contacted Tina Oloyede aartika-fractal-art to discuss a proposal to stage a fractal art exhibition for the spring of 2007. At a meeting a couple of months later, the format and logistics of setting up the exhibition were finalised. Janet Parke infinite-art  was invited to join Tina as a key exhibitor and to begin the selection process for the remaining exhibition pieces. Invitations were sent out to members of the international fractal art community to submit twelve images each to be considered for inclusion.
The response was fantastic - twenty seven artists submitted over two hundred and fifty
  Driftwood Press Literary Magazine - Art Feature
Mad Mondriaan
In February this year I was contacted by Jerrod Schwarz jerrodschwarz , the managing editor of Driftwood Press in Tampa, Florida, with an invitation to submit some of my fractal art for possible inclusion in a future edition of their quarterly literary and visual arts magazine.
I'm pleased to say that one my favourite pieces, Mad Mondriaan, was selected and has been published, along with a short interview, in Driftwood Press' latest publication, released today (Pages 83-86 Volume Two Issue Three ISBN 2331-7132).
The print issue of the magazine, which includes the colour visual art contributions printed on high quality photo paper inserts, can be ordered on-line here: Driftwood Press:
  Ultra Fractal Showcase - Featured Artist  
I hope you enjoy this small selection of my work, which is also newly featured in the official Ultra Fractal Showcase Gallery. It includes some different styles to demonstrate the diversity of the art that can be created using Ultra Fractal.
Thank you to Frederik Slijkerman, who is the Ultra Fractal software writer and developer, for showcasing it on the Ultra Fractal Website , it is a great honour for me :)
Autumn is Coming


Going back a few years I made a large series of fractals using one particular Julia formula which produces a single "big" spiral.
Autumn is Coming, created in 2012, is a derivative of a much earlier work from this series,



Year by Year


Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2003
2003 was a busy year in our family life, having lived in Glasgow for five years since the children were babies, we moved to our new home in England, new jobs, new schools, a new life in a small village, very different from the big city life of London and Glasgow we had been used to for so many years!

In what little spare time I had I continued the steep learning curve of fractal art - this is a small collection of fractals from 2003, all created using Ultra Fractal 3.
   
   
Looking at some of this work now, I can see that it could be construed as being somewhat rough and ready, with some being rather sickly-sweet; I have to try and resist the temptaion now to go back and rework them. They are what they are - representative of a developing skill using exper
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2004
Having settled in to village life in rural Shropshire, 2004 was a year for more experimenting and creating with Ultra Fractal 3, exchanging ideas with fellow artists and beta testing new formulas.
Black Magic won me a small prize in a competition held on Renderosity!
 

This is a small collection of fractals from 2004, all created using Ultra Fractal 3.
Some more Big Spirals :

   
   
And one of my personal favourites:
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2005
A selection of works created using Ultra Fractal 3 and 4 during 2005

Perhaps one of the most useful updates to Ultra Fractal in version 4, released in 2005, was the introduction of the "Explore" tool and 'Eyedropper' previews, allowing a dynamic preview when exploring the parameter values, something I now completely take for granted and really wouldn't be without. Before that, more often than not, it was often a question of guess a number!

The other major addition the software was the ability to easily create Animations, although this isn't a feature I have personally used a great deal. A couple of years I did have a go at making a Christmas Card - this fat Robin Red Breast was the result!


   
   
As you can see, traditio


Year by Year 2000-2015 - Introduction
Over the next few months I intend to write a series of journal entries based on each year's creative work and how it came about, since 2000, when I started using Ultra Fractal.
So this is just an introduction, one of my personal favourites from each year - not necessarily the best either technically or artistically, but the ones that either mean the most to me, perhaps say something about me, or that I just like :)

I've created a Year by Year Gallery which includes the fave four from each year, plus sub-folders for the body of work for each year (a few years still to complete).
Click for: Year by Year Gallery
Slowly I'm going though my old folders, from Ultra Fractal v2.04 though to v5.04, re-rendering where necessary, to ensure proper representation - this is still very much a work in progress!
Click f
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000
We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.
The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!
One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2001
2001 represented a steep learning curve for me while continuing to work with Ultra Fractal. I had the good fortune to be able to beta test new formulas for several UF formula writers which forced me to get into the habit of exploring every parameter setting in the algorithms, something which continues to help me to really get the most out of the resulting fractal imagery.
One of the things I wanted most in my own work was to be able to incorporate interesting textures in to my work and constantly asked for a greater variety of parameters which would include texturing that was part of the fractal pattern itself, rather than just layering it on top of the fractal. The results of this are apparent in the works from that year.
Community activity that year included a fractal art contest, Ultra Fractal Contest 3, Creating a Series, Summer 2001 , hosted by Janet Parke infinite-art 
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2002
It seems like a strange thing to say now, but it took me quite some time to be able to create fractal spirals! Back in 2002, I used to eagerly await parameters posted to the Ultra Fractal mailing list by Peter Krysko and Mark Townsend, whose work often featured beautiful, big spiral patterns, often with a 3-D quality to them, but I remained mystified as to how on earth they had produced them.
   
So, when I finally twigged how to consistently create spirals I couldn't get enough of them, especially of the big, single variety! To an extent, since that time, those big spirals have become one of my hallmarks, and something that I have returned to time and again over the years.

I continued working with a small group of close friends, experimenting and beta-testing new Ultra Fractal formulas and sharing ideas, always pushing for more a



Collections


  Mothering Sunday
"Mothering Sunday is a holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians in some parts of Europe. It falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent (For Orthodox Christians in Europe and elsewhere, the fourth Sunday in Lent remembers St. John of the Ladder (St. John Climacus)). Secularly, it became an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents. It is increasingly being called Mother's Day, although that has always been a secular event quite different from the original Mothering Sunday. In the UK, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the same way as Mother's Day is celebrated elsewhere."
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothering_Sunday

In the UK today (15th March) is Mothering Sunday, so here are a few flowery fractal images to enjoy :)
  Square Panels created with Ultra Fractal
This is a collection of works created this year all using a simple Pixel formula with the same colouring algorithm written by Samuel Monnier s31415, with the program Ultra Fractal.

The result is a series of square panels which mostly use the same technique for creating a "frame" that is in integral part of the image itself, plus different parameters within the algorithm to create the various shape effects, with different gradients and layering methods.

I'd quite like to try having one or two of these designs printed on silk squares to see how the colours and patterns transfer to fabric. There are one or two printing website that offer this service, such as Lacuna Press and Bags of Love which I've yet tor try, as they are quite expensive!
  In the Pink
 I noticed my profile page was looking a little "PINK" at the moment, a colour I've often tended towards in my work over the years.
So here is a selection of pink fractals, all made with Ultra Fractal, spanning a period of 15 years.
(Plus one digital illustration :D)

   
   

   
  Frosticles by aartika-fractal-art  Triangulation by aartika-fractal-art

Strawberry Limoncello by aartika-fractal-art  So Many Tents by aartika-fractal-art  Archers 05 by aartika-fractal-art
Dardybots 178 by aartika-fractal-art    Myriad by aartika-fractal-art  Stop Me if I'm Getting Boring by aartika-fractal-art

  2015 Final Round Up
Hi and thanks for stopping by!
There are 120 new works in my 2015 fractal folder - here is a selection of my personal favourites from the year :)
   

Big Spirals
    


Geometric Patterns
     



Fractal Flowers
   


Abstracts
  Disco Fever by aartika-fractal-art  Fallen Leaves-detail by aartika-fractal-art




Articles


Finally back on Deviantart!
After finding my account deactivated due to not having logged in to Deviantart for such a long time, I've finally got round to resurrecting my gallery, and am working my way through the many changes and fantastic improvements to the site.
        
Many thanks to all those who have welcomed me back here and taken the time to acknowledge my work! :)
I'm gradually uploading a selection of my personal favourites from the past 15 years :wow: - the next goal will be to seriously upgrade my hardware and start rendering some unpublished work to add the gallery over the coming months.
  Rediscovering ..
Some time spent this morning organising and archiving uprs, ufs and renders from getting on for fifteen years ago has led to the rediscovery of some old favourites. I remember the excitement I felt when experimenting with a batch of new formulae written by my good friend, Andreas Lober, which focussed on the use of simple geometric shapes, rather than the typical fractal spirals and seahorses.
It's hard to believe so many years have passed since!
     
So here are a few that I've re-rendered and added to the Geometric Patterns Gallery. They appear, perhaps, rather simple to me now, with their minimal texturing and bold colours, but are probably a good representation of the direction my art was heading in back then.
Those colouring formula
   Whose picture is it anyway?
This morning I came across a post I made back in December 2006 on Terry Wright's blog, Orbit Trap (archive) / Orbit Trap (current) which I'd quite forgotten about.
There was some interesting discussion that followed regarding the ownership of fractal formulae and artworks derived from them.
The original post can be found here: http://orbittrap.blogspot.co.uk/2006/12/whose-picture-is-it-anyway.html
It would be interesting to know how other fractal artists feel about this issue, some eight years later :)
This also provides a chance to say thank you to all the Ultra Fractal the formula writers (of whom there are very many!), but especially to Andreas Lober, Samuel Monnier s31415 , Dennis Magar, Klaus-Peter Kubik kpk , Michèle Deesureault mde
 


Software


Sterlingware - fractal art software
This article is a sort of post-script to Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000, to showcase some of the Sterlingware fractals created during that year.

   
Sterlingware was one of several free fractal-generating programs written by Stephen Ferguson that I tried out in 1999/2000. Although it had significant limitations from an artistic point of view, it did allow extensive exploration and experimentation using a limited combination of algorithms and colouring methods, producing some interesting and intriguing results.
The images generated are single-layer and have to be rendered to screen before anti-aliasing and saving as *.bmp files. On my current computer this process is quite fast - just a few minutes for an image around 3000x



Sketchbook

UF Sketchbook: Getting Impatient!
For a long time I have been trying to make some colours and textures that mimic watercolours and other types of paint, inspired by some of favourite artists on DA, such as NaismithArt  Lucky978  kosharik69 SaigaTokihito and takmaj (see selection of their work below).
Finally I have something I feel quite happy about, so long as the render turns out okay - but for some reason this fractal is taking forever to render and I'm getting very impatient! Oops! 
I have developed a rainbow gradient pack which I'll upload when I can post the rendered image, but the above is a taster in the mean time :D
:iconNaismithArt:

:iconTakmaj:

:iconSaigaTokihito:

:iconLucky978:

:iconkosharik69:
   This morning's UF Sketchbook
A sudden burst of pre-breakfast creativity hit me this morning after browsing some old fractal file folders. I save many fractal files as I work, most of which don't ever see the light of day again, but in my October 2004 UF3 folder there were quite a few images I'd started, saved, but never finished, that caught my eye.
Opening four of them, I ended up with one "finished" image - Flora. Not sure how it will turn out yet, it's rendering now - 9 hours still to go :(
If it doesn't lose too much texture in the rendering I'll post it later today or tomorrow, although I think it may end up needing some touching up before rendering again, in which case ...
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Edit - 17 Feb 2015:
Here is the final image, rendered and resized for web viewing:

Some of the texture that is present in the full sized render (detail below) has been lost in the resizing.
Th
  Learning to Draw - part one
The above drawing I did yesterday as a result of following these two excellent tutorials:
How to Draw Eyes - Structure

and

How to Draw an Eye - Step by Step  by Proko

Although I loved to draw and be creative as a young child, at school I had to give up art as a subject when I was twelve because the lessons clashed with physics!, so I've never had any formal art teaching, something I've often regretted.
A recent trip to Berlin has inspired me to start using some of the amazing resources that are available on the internet in order to learn some new skills, and yesterday followed a couple of YouTube video tutorials by Stan Prokopenko, an artist and teacher from San Diego,
  My first Ultra Fractal Animation
27/12/205 - Edited to add: 
After a little more work I have managed to make the snow fall more smoothly, and added a Christmas message:
Robin Red Breast wishes you a Merry Christmas!
The lettering was added using "Initials" in mjd.ucl with the same pixel formula.
These are the parameters for Frame 50 (the middle one):

A bit of a work in progress ...
This was my first attempt:

I hadn't got the snow right, it's supposed to look like it's falling but it jumps back to the start.
It's also very slow :(
Need to try harder ;)
The robin was made in UF using a pixel formula and Deluxe Clipping.
I rendered the 100 x *.bmp files, then used GIFCreator to create the animated gif file.

Your feedback is welcome!

29/12/2015 added a second one:






Art Features by aartika-fractal-art ~ Summary

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 25, 2016, 5:08 AM


Shield by turningshadow

Artist Features:


Fascinating Food Sculpture by Leah @FatalPotato
The diversity of art featured on Deviantart never ceases to amaze me, and the miniature food sculpture created by Leah FatalPotato  is no exception.
:iconfatalpotato:
These extraordinarily detailed but tiny sculptures, modelled out of various types of polymer clays are just fascinating, both in their finished form and in their creation:
Ice Cream Cone:


Miniature Peach Pie:

Here are some more of Leah's creations:


   
   
Leah sells her work on Etsy: Etsy Shop (will be open for sales from December 17 - January 3)
And has her own YouTube channel:
  The Photography of Ulrich Bednarz - @EintoeRN
Ulrich Bednarz EintoeRn is one of my favourite photographers here on Deviantart, so it is a pleasure to feature some of his work here.
   
   
:iconEintoeRn:
There is something about Ulrich's uncanny ability to artistically capture what exists all around us in both an observational and evocative way - the mixture of colours, textures and patina of everyday objects and scenes that has been created with the passage of time - that is truly inspirational.

Ulrich's DA profile page is worth a visit in itself, a calm place to be with some beautiful collections of art featured in his journal: https
  Featured Artist: @RubisFirenos
Today it is the turn of one of my very favourite painters to be featured here in my journal, RubisFirenos .
:iconRubisFirenos:
There is something quite magical and unique about her work, in which she uses coffee (yes - coffee!), watercolours, pigments and Indian inks.
Vibrant colours with muted tones, wonderful texture and mythical creatures all go to make up a fascinating portfolio of works.
Enjoy!
   

   

The art of RubisFirenos is also feature on: Instagaram Furaffinity Tumblr
  The Fabulous Digital Art of Dan Kuzmenka ~ @Kuzy62
It has been my great pleasure to have known and worked alongside my good friend Dan Kuzmenka for the past fifteen or so years, albeit from opposite sides of the pond, and now to be able to feature a collection of his work here on Deviantart.
Dan Kuzmenka kuzy62
:iconKuzy62:
Always good-natured, friendly and helpful, it is an honour to have him amongst my friends.
   
   
When I started using Ultra Fractal back in 1999/2000 Dan was already an established and well-respected fractal artist who had participated in the Frontier between Science and Art exhibition, which toured Europe in 2000. Dan is not only an artist, but also a software / formula developer and has worked over the years with many different pro


Totally Awesome Paintings
No more words necessary for the magnificent paintings by David Cheifetz turningshadow , from Seattle, US

             

Website: http://davidcheifetz.com/
  Things that make you go 'Oooh'
Please take a look at the unique and very original paintings and fashion design of j-b0x 
     
       
Order j-b0x 's prints from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jb0xtchi 
 Commission Matilla by j-b0x  New Prints now available on Etsy by j-b0x   :iconj-b0x:
  Stunning Photography by Wojtek @WTek79     
If you're not already familiar with the stunning photography by Wojtek WTek79 ,
please take the time to check out his gallery, his work is really quite magnificent
and is a great inspiration to artists of all genres.
       
His photos are all available to download at high resolution to appreciate their full beauty.
Thank you, Wojtek WTek79 !
https://wtek79.deviantart.com
  Maja Wronska ~ wow!
This morning I came across the fabulous watercolour paintings and drawings by Maja Wrońska, an architect from Poland ( takmaj ).
           
What I wouldn't give to be able to paint like this! Her beautiful art, so full of vibrancy and life, speaks for itself :)

So this is just an opportunity to say thank you to Maja for sharing her art here, and maybe to choose some prints from her Deviantart shop:
https://takmaj.deviantart.com/prints

Maja's website:
http://majawronska.com



Favourites Round Ups:


Hot Stuff!
A collection of some sizzling art in one hot collection.
More here:  https://aartika-fractal-art.deviantart.com/favourites/64081513/Hot-Stuff
 
 
 
Artists whose work is featured:
s31415 hir77 SallySlips betteo 
Claudiamarusanici KyleWilcoxVisualArt zisgul 
MARX77 CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Szellorozsa 
Woodflowart Poromaa andreuccettiart 
Xantipa2 Gerda1946 j-b0x eReSaW 
ChaosFissure tatasz fractek 
Poromaa CopperColour @Wsandid 
  2015 Favourites Round Up Part 1 - Traditional
Since re-joining Deviantart in January this year, I've added just over 1200 great art works to my favourites folders - averaging 3 or 4 per day.
The collection includes some amazing raw fractals, fractal "paintings", photography, paintings, drawings, digital art,
  2015 Favourites Round Up Part 2 - Digital / Photos
Since re-joining Deviantart in January this year, I've added just over 1200 great art works to my favourites folders - averaging 3 or 4 per day.
The collection includes some amazing raw fractals, fractal "paintings", photography, paintings, drawings, digital art
  2015 Favourites Round Up Part 3 - Fractals
Since re-joining Deviantart in January this year, I've added just over 1200 great art works to my favourites folders - averaging 3 or 4 per day.
The collection includes some amazing raw fractals, fractal "paintings", photography, paintings, drawings, digital art
 


Inspiration Station:


Inspiration Station Week 5 - Michel Mastriani
Michel Mastriani triptychaos  is one of my favourite fractal artists, his painterly style, created using Chaotica, is both ethereal and masterful and he has a real eye for colour.
:iconmmastriani:
Michel is not only an artist, but also a program developer, currently working on ChaosHelper



Here are a few of my favourites from Michel's gallery:
   
     
    Shamanic Tree by triptychaos
Michel has recently had one of his works selected for the cover of a music CD, Medicine Work:
Medicine Work (Cover Art by mmastriani) by triptychaos

Path :
  Inspiration Station Week 6 - @abstt
Abstt is a fractal artist from the Czech Republic, who sometimes works in collaboration with French artist, Nyrn-Aeh 
:iconabstt:  :iconNyrn-Aeh:
For this, the last Inspiration Station before Christmas, I have chosen a selection of both Abstt's own mysterious and moody works, with a few of my favourite collaborative pieces.

I hope you enjoy it!
   
   
   
Here is Abstt's full gallery: https://abstt.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=%2F&sort=popularity
  Inspiration Station Week 7 - @AnnaKirsten
It is with great sadness that this week sees the work of our friend and colleague Nicky AnnaKirsten Keates being featured in the Inspiration Station series.
As most of you will already know Anna lost her fight with cancer just a few days ago, lovingly supported by her family and the staff at Forrest Holme Hospice in Dorset.
Anna's daughter has let us know just how important Anna's involvement here on Deviantart was to her, as she struggled with health problems. It was here she was able to interact with friends, share her art and make enormous contributions to the fractal art community, giving her great personal fulfillment.
In return so many of us valued her friendly and welcoming presence, appreciated her art and acknowledged the amount of hard work she put in writing art features, commenting on our own work and managing several fractal art groups. Some here knew Anna for many years and others for a shorter time, nonetheless her daily p
   Inspiration Station Week 8 - @batjorge
Welcome to the weird and wonderful fractal art of batjorge 
:iconbatjorge:
   
     
     
batjorge, who has truly mastered this art form, is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists working in this field.
For me, with no experience of Mandelbulb or any other 3D fractal software, these works are both awesome and inspirational.


Enjoy!
   
Titans ice forms by batjorge  Switchboard by batjorge  Dark Matter by batjorge
Fractal Spaces by batjorge  Spirit Collector - Pong 460 by batjorge 
 


Inspiration Station Week 1 - Philippe Jacqueroux
Inspiration Station Week 1 - featuring the work of fractal artist pulsar69fr - Philippe Jacqueroux
:iconpulsar69fr:
Here are just a few of my favourites from Philippe's Gallery:
 
   
Please visit Philippe's gallery for more inspirational work :)

Here are some more journal entries featuring Philippe's art::
   
    Inspiration Station continues! by snupi988
This feature is part of C-91 's 
Fractal Art Inspiration Station Project:

Inspiration Station - LET'S BRING IT BACK by C-91
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  Inspiration Station Week 3 - Tatyana Zabanova
I'm really pleased to be able to feature the beautiful art of Tatyana Zabanova / tatasz this week, :D
as she is one of the most talented and inspirational fractal artists around and is absolutely one of my favourites.

:icontatasz:
Tatyana is also a very active member of the fractal community here on deviantart, and makes great  contributions
to the many groups and community projects, as well as being a welcoming face to new members.


Featured here are just a few of her excellent works, so please do take the time to view her extensive
and varied galleries, which include many fractal resources as well her art works created mostly in

Apophysis / Chaotica - programs I have never personally been able to successfully master.
They are awesome!

  Inspiration Station Week 4 - @Crist-JRoger
It has been a pleasure this week to discover the moody and atmospheric work of the fractal artist Сергей C-JR this week, whose art I was unfamiliar with until now.
:iconCrist-JRoger:
It concentrates on the use of Apophysis, Chaotica, as well as various 3D fractal generating and ray tracing programs, such as Fragmentarium, and is truly inspirational - enjoy!
   
   
   
Please check out the rest of Сергей's work featured in his gallery:



Daily Deviations Highlights:


My Daily Deviation Highlights - Fractal Art
Antikythera
Welcome to my first Daily Deviation Highlights - a small collection of some of the best Fractal Art here on Deviantart.
ENJOY!

Artists included:
:iconFarDareisMai:  :iconPlatinus:  :iconEtienneSaintAmant:  :iconde-fracto:  :iconmissie-mandelbrot:  :iconeReSaW:  :iconFractalEyes: :icons31415:  :iconJimpan1973:  :iconinfinite-art:  :iconfractek:

Not Enough Old Friends

Megalithes

Talis' Mystery

Zeldia Inlet
  My Daily Deviation Highlights - Ultra Fractal
Bullseye
Welcome to my second Daily Deviation Highlights feature - a small collection of some of the best Ultra Fractal Art here on Deviantart.
ENJOY!

Artists included:
:iconinfinite-art:  :iconvelvet--glove:  :icontresamie: :iconNatalieKelsey:  :iconstevi0d:  :iconBeesknees67:
:iconBlurWing:  :icon0Encrypted0:  :iconSiennaBlue:  :iconCopperColour:  :iconmiincdesign:  :iconGerda1946:

Blossoming Joy
       
Where I end and you begin                            





Featured Artist: RubisFirenos

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 15, 2016, 1:53 AM


Japanese Painting - Aurora Chinese Dragon by RubisFirenos

Today it is the turn of one of my very favourite painters to be featured here in my journal, RubisFirenos .


:iconrubisfirenos:

There is something quite magical and unique about her work, in which she uses coffee (yes - coffee!), watercolours, pigments and Indian inks.

Vibrant colours with muted tones, wonderful texture and mythical creatures all go to make up a fascinating portfolio of works.

Enjoy!


The Flying Fox O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos  Unicorns Battle by RubisFirenos  Flight by RubisFirenos

Japanese Painting Amarna by RubisFirenos

Wasted Dream O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos  Nature's Links O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos  Fox's Ribbon O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos

Song of the Sea O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos


The art of RubisFirenos is also feature on: Instagaram Furaffinity Tumblr socierty6 and redbubble

WIP : Okami by RubisFirenos

Follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/rfirenosart

Le Petit Cheval O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos




Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2002

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 13, 2016, 6:34 AM


She Sells Mussel Shells by aartika-fractal-art

It seems like a strange thing to say now, but it took me quite some time to be able to create fractal spirals! Back in 2002, I used to eagerly await parameters posted to the Ultra Fractal mailing list by Peter Krysko and Mark Townsend, whose work often featured beautiful, big spiral patterns, often with a 3-D quality to them, but I remained mystified as to how on earth they had produced them.

Loulouatt by aartika-fractal-art  Crastorysly by aartika-fractal-art  Mother of Pearl by aartika-fractal-art

So, when I finally twigged how to consistently create spirals I couldn't get enough of them, especially of the big, single variety! To an extent, since that time, those big spirals have become one of my hallmarks, and something that I have returned to time and again over the years.

She Sells Snow Shells by aartika-fractal-art

I continued working with a small group of close friends, experimenting and beta-testing new Ultra Fractal formulas and sharing ideas, always pushing for more and more textures.

Taffeta by aartika-fractal-art  Lizards in the Grass by aartika-fractal-art  A Pink Synapse by aartika-fractal-art

Wild Imagination by aartika-fractal-art  Summer Breeze by aartika-fractal-art  Tigress by aartika-fractal-art  Weavy Trees by aartika-fractal-art

I owe so much to those friends! Thank you!


By 2002 I pretty much gave up with Xenodream, and was almost entirely focussed on using Ultra Fractal .

Although I had an account on Deviantart at the time, the site was still in its infancy and I mainly used Renderosity to upload new works: Renderosity Gallery

Wiggly soapstone by aartika-fractal-art

By August of 2002 both Ultra Fractal version 3 and Apophysis had been released, a Flame Fractal programme which has since gone on from strength to strength, but with which I have only dabbled over the years, these days only really using it to create smooth gradients to use if UF. The interface in UF v3 was vastly improved over UF v2, with the much needed addition of a thumbnail view for parameter sets and fractal files, although without the brilliant "Explore" tool which didn't come until UF v4 was released. I do sometimes still find myself typing in random numbers in the layer property parameter boxes, forgetting there's no need to do that amy more!

Ultra Fractal 3 ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art  Fractal Universe Calendars by aartika-fractal-art 

In December 2002 my art was featured in a Taiwanese magazine XFUNS, along with work by Mindy Sommers, Mikko Vainiala and Dale Adcock, as part of a feature on Fractal Art, and one of my fractals "Mardi Gras", was accepted to the 2003 Fractal Universe calendar, with "Molten Hoops" already included in the 2002 calendar.

Feature: XFUNS Magazine No 3 Dec 2002-Jan 2003 by aartika-fractal-art  Fc2002 by aartika-fractal-art  Fc2003 by aartika-fractal-art

Mardi Gras by aartika-fractal-art

In 2002 I also had to make the very difficult decision to finally give up my medical career working full-time as an inner-city GP, after having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a year or so earlier. With three young children and my husband in the final years of his surgical training, it was the only realistic option and one that has at least enabled me to be at home while my children have been growing up, and allowed me to develop my art to a level which would probably have never been possible otherwise - something which has both kept me sane and my brain active!

Supporting Multiple Sclerosis Society ~ MS Stamp by aartika-fractal-art

The MS has thankfully remained mild over the years, although it is something that is always there in the background and that I have had to learn to adapt to and live with. All profits from the sale of my work here on Deviantart is donated to the MS Society UK, in recognition of the work they do to to fund research, campaign and support MS sufferes.

Finally a couple of my personal favourites from 2002:


Blue Butterfly by aartika-fractal-art  Myrtle's Friend by aartika-fractal-art  A Word in Your Shell Like by aartika-fractal-art


Please click here for the full 2002 gallery.



Catch It If You Can by aartika-fractal-art


Earlier journal entries in this series:


Year by Year 2000-2015 - Introduction
Over the next few months I intend to write a series of journal entries based on each year's creative work and how it came about, since 2000, when I started using Ultra Fractal.
So this is just an introduction, one of my personal favourites from each year - not necessarily the best either technically or artistically, but the ones that either mean the most to me, perhaps say something about me, or that I just like :)

I've created a Year by Year Gallery which includes the fave four from each year, plus sub-folders for the body of work for each year (a few years still to complete).
Click for: Year by Year Gallery
Slowly I'm going though my old folders, from Ultra Fractal v2.04 though to v5.04, re-rendering where necessary, to ensure proper representation - this is still very much a work in progress!
Click f
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000
We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.
The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!
One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2001
2001 represented a steep learning curve for me while continuing to work with Ultra Fractal. I had the good fortune to be able to beta test new formulas for several UF formula writers which forced me to get into the habit of exploring every parameter setting in the algorithms, something which continues to help me to really get the most out of the resulting fractal imagery.
One of the things I wanted most in my own work was to be able to incorporate interesting textures in to my work and constantly asked for a greater variety of parameters which would include texturing that was part of the fractal pattern itself, rather than just layering it on top of the fractal. The results of this are apparent in the works from that year.
Community activity that year included a fractal art contest, Ultra Fractal Contest 3, Creating a Series, Summer 2001 , hosted by Janet Parke infinite-art 





Inspiration Station Week 9 - FractalEyes

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 25, 2016, 1:00 AM


Beginnings by FractalEyes

Welcome to this week's Inspiration Station, featuring the beautiful fractal art of Wykked Wytch, FractalEyes


Wallflowers by FractalEyes  Sepia Stars by FractalEyes  Rainy Days and Mondays by FractalEyes

Me and Kandinsky by FractalEyes  Fractoreum by FractalEyes  Twist and Shout by FractalEyes  daigian's nut gathering by FractalEyes

:iconfractaleyes:


Kinetic Poetry by FractalEyes


Tuesday Feels Like Saturday by FractalEyes  L7 by FractalEyes  Orient Express by FractalEyes

All You Need is Love by FractalEyes  Americana by FractalEyes  Panic by FractalEyes


Please check out the rest if FractalEyes Gallery here:

fractaleyes.deviantart.com/gal…



Seeing Red by FractalEyes


More FractalEyes Inspiration Station Features:


Inspiration Station - FractalEyes:boing: :boing: :boing:
This week's featured artist is FractalEyes :iconfractaleyes:
Enjoy this selection from her gallery!









  Inspiration Station - Fractal EyesThis is part of the Inspiration Station Journal series retaken from an idea of :iconc-91:  .
Part of the idea is that many deviants highlight with a journal entry another chosen artist at the same time I am a dummy!
This week is dedicated to FractatEyes :iconfractaleyes:
FractaEyes is a very talented female fractal artist mainly specialized in Ultra Fractal and she's among us in DA for almost 9 years.
Her exquisite skills with this program are notorius and results in wonderful works with very carefully selected colours ans precious fractal shapes.
Here's a little sample of her vast gallery wich you must pay a visit if you want to know about what fractal art is.









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  Inspiration Station: FractalEyes
Hello people! :wave:
The ninth week of Inspiration Station is dedicated to FractalEyes.
Take a moment to go and look at her wonderful Ultra Fractal artworks!

 
 

Congratulations to FractalEyes!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Be sure to check her gallery!

If you'd like to contribute to the next Inspiration Station issue, please send a note to C-91.



This feature is part of C-91 's 
Fractal Art Inspiration Station Project:



Inspiration Station - LET'S BRING IT BACKHello! :wave:
I'll make a personal journal soon but this is not the time.
When I first joined the fractal community in 2012, the resident Community Volunteer was SuicideBySafetyPin.
One of the activities she proposed that I liked the most was the Inspiration Station flash mob: it helped me to discover fractalists from which I could learn and take...inspiration. :D
The first one I made was this:

Almost four years later, the fractal scene has changed and many more artists need to be celebrated. That's why I'd like to bring this flash mob back in the fractal community.
(I asked permission to Light, don't worry :giggle:)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each week I'll send you a note with the name of the chosen artist and the date the feature is due on.
You can plan your feature and schedule it via Sta.sh or do it at the precise moment, it doesn't really matter.
Main thing is that on the set day, the artist's inbox is flooded with mentions of feature journals.


Click here for the full collection


Please contact Silvia C-91 if you wish to take part in this project, by sending her a note.




The Photography of Ulrich Bednarz - EintoeRn

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 23, 2016, 1:18 AM


Principle Of Archimedes by EintoeRn

Ulrich Bednarz EintoeRn is one of my favourite photographers here on Deviantart, so it is a pleasure to feature some of his work here.



Bacalhau by EintoeRn  and beyond by EintoeRn  Sail Away by EintoeRn

behind closed doors by EintoeRn  no more parking on this planet by EintoeRn  coastal protection by EintoeRn


:iconeintoern:

There is something about Ulrich's uncanny ability to artistically capture what exists all around us in both an observational and evocative way - the mixture of colours, textures and patina of everyday objects and scenes that has been created with the passage of time - that is truly inspirational.



Catchy by EintoeRn

Ulrich's DA profile page is worth a visit in itself, a calm place to be with some beautiful collections of art featured in his journal: eintoern.deviantart.com/journa…



Geronimo by EintoeRn  United we stand, divided we fall. by EintoeRn  Those Happy Days by EintoeRn

Florence Is Taking A Rest by EintoeRn  The Doll House Dramas by EintoeRn  Excesses by EintoeRn

Those Were The Days My Friend by EintoeRn  Tough Decisions by EintoeRn  Dark Handle by EintoeRn 

Groups that Ulrich is admin of:

:iconnadcreations: :iconminimalistart: :iconode-to-simplicity:

:iconglobalmission-ofart: :iconnawak-factory:


The Lock by EintoeRn

And Ulrich himself?


A Geologist and Photographer from Germany, always charming, friendly and polite - a pleasure and an honour to tbe friends with here on Deviantart :D


Thank you for being such an inspiration!



  Information Archeology by EintoeRn  deo.optimo.maximo by EintoeRn  For Friendly Shores by EintoeRn

Twelve Monkeys by EintoeRn  The Tide Is Low by EintoeRn  Cubism by EintoeRn

Leaky by EintoeRn  Nimm Zwei by EintoeRn  Fixed In Position by EintoeRn


Please check out the rest of Ulrich's Gallery here: eintoern.deviantart.com/galler…


And his own website here: www.eintoern.com/Foto/PORTFOLI…



the abstract painting ID by EintoeRn

Enjoy!






In the Pink

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 18, 2016, 1:21 AM


Rose Pasted Circles by aartika-fractal-art

 I noticed my profile page was looking a little "PINK" at the moment, a colour I've often tended towards in my work over the years.

So here is a selection of pink fractals, all made with Ultra Fractal, spanning a period of 15 years.

(Plus one digital illustration :D)



Pink Hearts For Anna by aartika-fractal-art  Summer Spiral by aartika-fractal-art  Radio In A Bag by aartika-fractal-art

A Pink Synapse by aartika-fractal-art  Wild Imagination by aartika-fractal-art  Fade To Grey by aartika-fractal-art


Twisted Pastels by aartika-fractal-art


Puzzle It Out by aartika-fractal-art   Blossom by aartika-fractal-art  Sandersons Paper by aartika-fractal-art

Pretty Flamingos by aartika-fractal-art  Frosticles by aartika-fractal-art  Triangulation by aartika-fractal-art


Corallina by aartika-fractal-art


Strawberry Limoncello by aartika-fractal-art  So Many Tents by aartika-fractal-art  Archers 05 by aartika-fractal-art

Dardybots 178 by aartika-fractal-art    Myriad by aartika-fractal-art  Stop Me if I'm Getting Boring by aartika-fractal-art


More and More Squares Pasted by aartika-fractal-art


Devils Fingers by aartika-fractal-art   Clematis montana by aartika-fractal-art  Shades Required by aartika-fractal-art

Oricalcum by aartika-fractal-art  Funky Traps by aartika-fractal-art  Sum Material by aartika-fractal-art
     

Fragility by aartika-fractal-art 


Manga  002 by aartika-fractal-art




Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2001

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 5, 2016, 1:04 AM


Daybreak by aartika-fractal-art


2001 represented a steep learning curve for me while continuing to work with Ultra Fractal. I had the good fortune to be able to beta test new formulas for several UF formula writers which forced me to get into the habit of exploring every parameter setting in the algorithms, something which continues to help me to really get the most out of the resulting fractal imagery.

One of the things I wanted most in my own work was to be able to incorporate interesting textures in to my work and constantly asked for a greater variety of parameters which would include texturing that was part of the fractal pattern itself, rather than just layering it on top of the fractal. The results of this are apparent in the works from that year.

Community activity that year included a fractal art contest, Ultra Fractal Contest 3, Creating a Series, Summer 2001 , hosted by Janet Parke infinite-art , for which I entered two series of works: A Day at the Beach and Fractal Embroidery

The A Day at the Beach series is also featured here on DA and is available as a Calendar:

A Day at the Beach 2016 Calendar by aartika-fractal-art

Resources for learning new skills were becoming more easily available on the internet, and, as I wanted to be able to build my own website to showcase my art as well as that of other fractal artists, I taught myself basic html coding from some free on-line tutorials and designed my first website from scratch, which looked something like this:

Aartika Website 2001 by aartika-fractal-art


The Ultra Fractal mailing list was very active at this time, with plenty of opportunity for sharing ideas, parameters and taking part in informal mini challenges, such as Richard Molnar's "Crayon Challenge".

To Image02 by aartika-fractal-art  To Image03 by aartika-fractal-art  To Image05 by aartika-fractal-art


To Image01 by aartika-fractal-art


During 2001 I also experimented with a new 3D fractal generating program, Xenodream. The program is still going strong and is far more advanced now, with its latest release in November 2015.

Xenodream Software ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art

I found it quite difficult to use and didn't persist with it beyond a couple of dozen images, which I've uploaded HERE


Untitled by aartika-fractal-art  Untitled by aartika-fractal-art  Untitled by aartika-fractal-art

Untitled by aartika-fractal-art


Finally, here are a few of my personal favourites from the year 2001:

O'Painty Turbulent by aartika-fractal-art  Tidal Waves by aartika-fractal-art  Spirals in the Sand by aartika-fractal-art

  Shades No Longer Required by aartika-fractal-art  Pond Life by aartika-fractal-art  Spiral or Square by aartika-fractal-art

Gammon by aartika-fractal-art   Flornnes by aartika-fractal-art  Hibiscus by aartika-fractal-art

Ultra Fractal 2.04 ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art


The End of the Day by aartika-fractal-art


The full 2001 Gallery can be viewed HERE



This article is the third in the Year by Year 2000-2015 series:

Year by Year 2000-2015 - Introduction
Over the next few months I intend to write a series of journal entries based on each year's creative work and how it came about, since 2000, when I started using Ultra Fractal.
So this is just an introduction, one of my personal favourites from each year - not necessarily the best either technically or artistically, but the ones that either mean the most to me, perhaps say something about me, or that I just like :)

I've created a Year by Year Gallery which includes the fave four from each year, plus sub-folders for the body of work for each year (a few years still to complete).
Click for: Year by Year Gallery
Slowly I'm going though my old folders, from Ultra Fractal v2.04 though to v5.04, re-rendering where necessary, to ensure proper representation - this is still very much a work in progress!
Click f
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000
We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.
The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!
One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating





Inspiration Station Week 8 - batjorge

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 28, 2016, 1:25 AM


Ocean of Numbers by batjorge


Welcome to the weird and wonderful fractal art of batjorge 


:iconbatjorge:



Ornaments - Pong 647 by batjorge  Easter Eggs by batjorge  Fractal fields - Pong 651 by batjorge

Spellbound by batjorge  Fractal Tides by batjorge  Smooth - Pong 721 by batjorge  Dystopian Persistence by batjorge

  Aliens Love Their Children Too by batjorge  Space Waltz 1 by batjorge  Shortcut to Enlightenment by batjorge


batjorge, who has truly mastered this art form, is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists working in this field.

For me, with no experience of Mandelbulb or any other 3D fractal software, these works are both awesome and inspirational.



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Enjoy!




    Power Room by batjorge


Titans ice forms by batjorge  Switchboard by batjorge  Dark Matter by batjorge


Fractal Spaces by batjorge  Spirit Collector - Pong 460 by batjorge  Lost Point by batjorge


Hollow Abstractions by batjorge


Additional Inspiration Station features for batjorge :

Inspiration Station - batjorge:boing: :boing: :boing:
This week's featured artist is batjorge :iconbatjorge:
His gallery is full of amazing creations made in Mandelbulb 3D. Enjoy!








  Inspiration Station: batjorgeBueno,que decir de este señor...
    Impresentable,fuera de onda,loco...... MI AMIGO..
Desde que empece en este lugar,tuve pocos apoyos........
batjorge.
El grande...
Pocos con tanta grandeza, como para compartir todo...
Pero esta claro que para ello hay que ser UN GENIO....................










Si desea contribuir al tema la próxima estación de inspiración, por favor envíe una nota a la C-91.
  Inspiration Station: batjorge
Hello people! :wave:
The eighth week of Inspiration Station is dedicated to batjorge.
Take a moment to go and look at his marvellous gallery!

 

 

Congratulations to batjorge!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Be sure to check his gallery!

If you'd like to contribute to the next Inspiration Station issue, please send a note to C-91.




This feature is part of C-91 's 
Fractal Art Inspiration Station Project:



Inspiration Station - LET'S BRING IT BACKHello! :wave:
I'll make a personal journal soon but this is not the time.
When I first joined the fractal community in 2012, the resident Community Volunteer was SuicideBySafetyPin.
One of the activities she proposed that I liked the most was the Inspiration Station flash mob: it helped me to discover fractalists from which I could learn and take...inspiration. :D
The first one I made was this:

Almost four years later, the fractal scene has changed and many more artists need to be celebrated. That's why I'd like to bring this flash mob back in the fractal community.
(I asked permission to Light, don't worry :giggle:)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each week I'll send you a note with the name of the chosen artist and the date the feature is due on.
You can plan your feature and schedule it via Sta.sh or do it at the precise moment, it doesn't really matter.
Main thing is that on the set day, the artist's inbox is flooded with mentions of feature journals.
 

Click here for the full collection


Please contact Silvia C-91 if you wish to take part in this project, by sending her a note.




Sterlingware - fractal art software

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 26, 2016, 2:51 AM


Sterlingware Fractal 018 by aartika-fractal-art


This article is a sort of post-script to Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000, to showcase some of the Sterlingware fractals created during that year.

Sterlingware by aartika-fractal-art

Sterlingware Fractal 49 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 37 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 008 by aartika-fractal-art


Sterlingware was one of several free fractal-generating programs written by Stephen Ferguson that I tried out in 1999/2000. Although it had significant limitations from an artistic point of view, it did allow extensive exploration and experimentation using a limited combination of algorithms and colouring methods, producing some interesting and intriguing results.

The images generated are single-layer and have to be rendered to screen before anti-aliasing and saving as *.bmp files. On my current computer this process is quite fast - just a few minutes for an image around 3000x3000 pixels, but back in the day the process was much slower! Hence most of my renders from then are only about 450x450 pixels.

The lack of overall control, however, I now find quite frustrating, so I can't really see ever going back to this type of program to create new works.

Sterlingware Fractal 28 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 32 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 023 by aartika-fractal-art


If you want to try out Sterlingware, or one of the many others that are still available for download, you can find them here:

The Fractal Programs Paradise


You may need a utility to open the *.rar files - this one is handy and free: RAR File Open Knife 7.00

Sterlingware Fractal 58 by aartika-fractal-art


This on-line tutorial is very helpful for starting out:

Tim Hodkinson's Sterlingware Tutorial

Sterlingware Fractal 50 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 007 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 020 by aartika-fractal-art



In 2007/8 Tad Boniecki developed a follow-on program called Sterling2 (which I haven't yet tried), also available for free download with a beginners' tutorial on his website:

Sterling Instructions by Tad Boniecki


I understand the only real difference is that Sterling2 has a different set of formulas in its database to select from.


Here is a beautiful of another artist's Sterlingware fractals, posted on Deviantart:


Escape the Egg by cabbie666

Escape the Egg by cabbie666


and a few more from my own collection:


Sterlingware Fractal 001 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 26 by aartika-fractal-art  Sterlingware Fractal 024 by aartika-fractal-art


Sterlingware Fractal 013 by aartika-fractal-art


The full collection is stored in my St.ash here: sta.sh/21314ukwcsbq
 




Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 19, 2016, 8:47 AM


Granny's Brooch by aartika-fractal-art

We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.

The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!

One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating, these weird psychedelic abstract shapes and spirals jumping out of my screen at me, so I sought out some free programs and had a go myself.

Tierazon Fractal Generating Software ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art

The first software I used was mostly written by Stephen Ferguson - free programs like Tierazon, Sterlingware and a few others I can't even remember the names of now.

Sterlingware - fractal art software
This article is a sort of post-script to Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000, to showcase some of the Sterlingware fractals created during that year.

   
Sterlingware was one of several free fractal-generating programs written by Stephen Ferguson that I tried out in 1999/2000. Although it had significant limitations from an artistic point of view, it did allow extensive exploration and experimentation using a limited combination of algorithms and colouring methods, producing some interesting and intriguing results.
The images generated are single-layer and have to be rendered to screen before anti-aliasing and saving as *.bmp files. On my current computer this process is quite fast - just a few minutes for an image around 3000x


Many are still available for download here: The Fractal Programs Paradise
You may need a utility to open the *.rar files - this one is handy and free: RAR File Open Knife 7.00


CD1 was actually the very first fractal I created, using Tierazon. I followed some excellent tutorials written by Doug Harrington.  Doug was very helpful when I contacted him, and even added one of my fractals, Cathryn's Wheel, to his guest gallery. I'm pleased to say, that Doug's website is still going strong after all these years: Amazing Seattle Fractals

CD1 by aartika-fractal-art  Cathryn's Wheel by aartika-fractal-art  Untitled by aartika-fractal-art

More Tierazon Fractals in my Sta.sh HERE

Another Tierazon fractal, Icy Icicles was featured on web designer, Joy Williams' website, Joyzine.

Icy Icicles by aartika-fractal-art


Joyzine by aartika-fractal-art



I did download the shareware program Ultra Fractal 2, a program that had evolved from the open source Fractint, in late 1999, but initially found it too complicated to get to grips with, so focused on others for a few months - a few more examples here: Tierazon Images (more to follow over the coming months, hopefully, as the parameters are buried deep in some old hard drives somewhere!)


Ultra Fractal 2.04 ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art 

It wasn't until I started browsing some on-line galleries of a few leading artists such as Janet Parke ( infinite-art ), Paul deCelle, Damien Jones and others hosted on Damien's Fractalus website that I was inspired to switch to Ultra Fractal, pretty much exclusively from then on.

Chinesedragon by aartika-fractal-art  Koi Carp by aartika-fractal-art  Flying Daisies by aartika-fractal-art 
Tiger Lily by aartika-fractal-art  Petallica by aartika-fractal-art

The above were some of the fractals I created as part of the Ultra Fractal 2 Challenges, set via the UF Mailing List and aimed at new users trying to get to grips with the workings of the program. The open and friendly mailing list, a kind of forerunner for the many specialist forums of today, was a good place to learn, share and make contact with fellow artists and formula writers - although it has to be said, it wasn't without its various Flame Wars from time to time!

Soon I was testing out new formulas and exchanging ideas and parameters with a small, close-knit group of friends via email which allowed my own art to begin to develop in both style and technique - I owe a great deal to these friends - thank you to all of them. My personal life at that time was pretty hectic, both myself and my husband working flat out, three very small children, so the time I had for fractal art was really very limited (more on that in the next installment). 

Back then, open on-line art communities were really in their infancy, but there were a few community activities happening, such as the fractal art contests hosted by Damien Jones fractalus, and the annual Avalanche Publishing "Fractal Universe" calendars (more of that story in a future journal!), which at the time were collated by Rollo Silver on behalf of the publisher.

fa2k - Fractalus Fractal Art Contest 2000 ~ Stamp by aartika-fractal-art 

I had missed the 1999 contest, but was able to enter the following year and was lucky enough to be successful in a couple of categories with Bistred Mandorla (first place in 'Brot and Best Use of Color categories in the fa2k contest:

Bistred Mandorla by aartika-fractal-art


My other entries were:
Chinook Goes Home by aartika-fractal-art  Too Much Life Can Kill by aartika-fractal-art  February Violet by aartika-fractal-art

(February Violet was part of an slideshow-type animation)


Fractal Universe Calendars by aartika-fractal-art

Rollo Silver usually collated fractal art work for the Fractal Universe calendars a couple of years ahead of its publication, but for reasons unknown there was no call from him during 2000 for the 2002 calendar. At the last minute Linda Allison and Alice Kelley contacted Avalanche directly to find out what, if anything, was happening. Avalanche had had no contact from Rollo and agreed that artists could send work directly to them for possible inclusion over a final 48 hour period, and so the calendar for 2002 was eventually published, which included one of my fractals, Molten Hoops.


Molten Hoops by aartika-fractal-art  Fc2002 by aartika-fractal-art



Another contest which ran during 2000 was the "Fractal Alhambra" Contest. The winning entries were exhibited, along with an existing touring collection of Fractal Art, at the The Frontier between Art and Science Exhibition in Granada to coincide with the Annual International Mathematics Congress being held there.

Marble Floors by aartika-fractal-art

My entries, which included Marble Floors, were unsuccessful, but I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the exhibition in Granada in person - here are some photos I took there:

2000 Granada Exhibition 01 by aartika-fractal-art  2000 Granada Exhibition 05 by aartika-fractal-art  2000 Granada Exhibition 02 by aartika-fractal-art

2000 Granada Exhibition 22 by aartika-fractal-art

More photos can be viewed here: Frontier between Art and Science / Fractal Alhambra Exhibition 2000





Finally, here are a few of my personal favourites from the year 2000:

Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau by aartika-fractal-art  Rainbow Warrior by aartika-fractal-art  Radio Radio by aartika-fractal-art

A Curious Mixture by aartika-fractal-art  Draughtsmen by aartika-fractal-art  Bows'n'Arrows by aartika-fractal-art

Opposites Attract by aartika-fractal-art  Snakes In The Grass by aartika-fractal-art  Curling by aartika-fractal-art


Singing In The Rain by aartika-fractal-art


The full 2000 Gallery can be viewed HERE




This article in the second in the Year by Year 2000-2015 series:

Year by Year 2000-2015 - Introduction
Over the next few months I intend to write a series of journal entries based on each year's creative work and how it came about, since 2000, when I started using Ultra Fractal.
So this is just an introduction, one of my personal favourites from each year - not necessarily the best either technically or artistically, but the ones that either mean the most to me, perhaps say something about me, or that I just like :)

I've created a Year by Year Gallery which includes the fave four from each year, plus sub-folders for the body of work for each year (a few years still to complete).
Click for: Year by Year Gallery
Slowly I'm going though my old folders, from Ultra Fractal v2.04 though to v5.04, re-rendering where necessary, to ensure proper representation - this is still very much a work in progress!
Click f
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2000
We'd had a "Windows 3.1" computer at home since about 1993 for basic word processing, games and graphics. I seem to recall upgrading the hard drive from 8MB to 32Mb in about 1994 (yes - Megabytes, not Gigabytes or Terabytes!) and having to install Corel Draw from a set of 13 3.5" floppy disks. The last image alone I rendered in Ultra Fractal was 34.4MB, an impossible task in those days.
The late nineties and early noughties saw the internet gradually arriving in people's homes, including ours. Getting on-line in 1999 quite literally opened things up to a whole world of possibilities - something my children cannot really understand!
One of the things I came across early on when looking for a screensaver was Fractal Art, something I'd never even heard of before, let alone seen for real. For some reason I found it fascinating
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2001
2001 represented a steep learning curve for me while continuing to work with Ultra Fractal. I had the good fortune to be able to beta test new formulas for several UF formula writers which forced me to get into the habit of exploring every parameter setting in the algorithms, something which continues to help me to really get the most out of the resulting fractal imagery.
One of the things I wanted most in my own work was to be able to incorporate interesting textures in to my work and constantly asked for a greater variety of parameters which would include texturing that was part of the fractal pattern itself, rather than just layering it on top of the fractal. The results of this are apparent in the works from that year.
Community activity that year included a fractal art contest, Ultra Fractal Contest 3, Creating a Series, Summer 2001 , hosted by Janet Parke infinite-art 
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2002
It seems like a strange thing to say now, but it took me quite some time to be able to create fractal spirals! Back in 2002, I used to eagerly await parameters posted to the Ultra Fractal mailing list by Peter Krysko and Mark Townsend, whose work often featured beautiful, big spiral patterns, often with a 3-D quality to them, but I remained mystified as to how on earth they had produced them.
   
So, when I finally twigged how to consistently create spirals I couldn't get enough of them, especially of the big, single variety! To an extent, since that time, those big spirals have become one of my hallmarks, and something that I have returned to time and again over the years.

I continued working with a small group of close friends, experimenting and beta-testing new Ultra Fractal formulas and sharing ideas, always pushing for more a
  Year by Year 2000-2015 - Year 2003
2003 was a busy year in our family life, having lived in Glasgow for five years since the children were babies, we moved to our new home in England, new jobs, new schools, a new life in a small village, very different from the big city life of London and Glasgow we had been used to for so many years!

In what little spare time I had I continued the steep learning curve of fractal art - this is a small collection of fractals from 2003, all created using Ultra Fractal 3.
   
   
Looking at some of this work now, I can see that it could be construed as being somewhat rough and ready, with some being rather sickly-sweet; I have to try and resist the temptaion now to go back and rework them. They are what they are - representative of a developing skill using exper





Inspiration Station Week 7 - AnnaKirsten

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 10, 2016, 1:12 PM


The floppy dancers routine by AnnaKirsten


It is with great sadness that this week sees the work of our friend and colleague Nicky AnnaKirsten Keates being featured in the Inspiration Station series.


As most of you will already know Anna lost her fight with cancer just a few days ago, lovingly supported by her family and the staff at Forrest Holme Hospice in Dorset.

Anna's daughter has let us know just how important Anna's involvement here on Deviantart was to her, as she struggled with health problems. It was here she was able to interact with friends, share her art and make enormous contributions to the fractal art community, giving her great personal fulfillment.

In return so many of us valued her friendly and welcoming presence, appreciated her art and acknowledged the amount of hard work she put in writing art features, commenting on our own work and managing several fractal art groups. Some here knew Anna for many years and others for a shorter time, nonetheless her daily presence here will be greatly missed by us all. Her art will no doubt live on in her memory.

update from AnnaThis is Karen, daughter of Anna. She has recently been diagnosed with cancer of the liver and various bones, including her spine. This came about when in Bournemouth hospital for her heart problems, and they discovered many anomalies in her blood results, which led to several urgent scans, and a couple of CT scans. In one sense it makes a lot of sense to all the various symptoms she has had in the past few months. In another, it was shocking news. However, she is in perfect peace about it now she has come to terms with it, and is able to rest in God's blessed assurance of His presence and love. Hopefully soon she will be able to get a little more active on here, but in the meantime, while they sort out which type of cancer she has, and consequently her treatment plan, she is being kept in Poole hospital (oncology), and is needing as much rest as she is able to get. She is too unwell to respond to any messages at the moment, so would be grateful if you could keep comments to a minimum.  Sad NewsDear all,
This is Karen, Anna's daughter.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you mum passed away on Tuesday 5th January at 9pm. She deteriorated very rapidly and we are all very shocked by what has happened. Before she went, she asked me to update you all, as she loved her time on this site and in her conversations with you. Mum was unable to interact with people in person for many years, due to poor health, and her time on this forum gave her the friendship and interest that she needed to live her life in a more fulfilled and less isolated way. For this I also want to thank you all!
In the final weeks of her life she was at utter peace that she was going to be with the Lord and so I try to celebrate the freedom she now has, without the limitations set by her physical body. This is difficult, as I miss her and my father grieves deeply for her too. Whilst contemplating my mum prayerfully and tearfully, the Lord gave me a poem that I managed to share with mum before she left



:iconannakirsten:

Anna's gallery includes very many works created in her own unique and recognisable style with Ultra Fractal, as well as with Fractal Explorer, Apophysis, Frax, MB3D and KPT.


Her recent "Painterly" series was particularly spiritual and expressive, perhaps reflecting emotions relating to her worsening physical health.



Gulls Gathering in the Early Morning by AnnaKirsten


Silent Vigil of the Ancients by AnnaKirsten  Dragon's Layer by AnnaKirsten  Burnished Copper by AnnaKirsten

Evensong by AnnaKirsten  Mists Descending by AnnaKirsten  Winter Storm by AnnaKirsten


Space Settlement by AnnaKirsten


Anna was also a talented painter, photographer, blogger and musician and carried her Christian faith close to her heart.


Link: Anna's Blog


Link: Anna's Music



In His Name Stampie by AnnaKirsten

Floral utopia by AnnaKirsten  Monument of Flowers! by AnnaKirsten



Antique Rose by AnnaKirsten



Embracing the Light by AnnaKirsten  Just the three of us by AnnaKirsten  A ROSE ON AN EARLY DECEMBER MORNING by AnnaKirsten

Constantly watching by AnnaKirsten  Garden Ghost by AnnaKirsten  In the pink by AnnaKirsten


Please check out the rest of Anna's work featured in her gallery:

annakirsten.deviantart.com/gal…



The Little Cottage by the Pond by AnnaKirsten



In memory of AnnaKirsten , may she Rest in Peace, free from suffering and pain.



Hope, Love, Peace by AnnaKirsten 

Hope, Love, Peace by AnnaKirsten


Other Inspiration Station Features for AnnaKirsten :

Inspiration Station. AnnaKirsten:iconannakirsten:  AnnaKirsten









Have a good time there. rest in peace.......
                                                                                                 
  Inspiration Station: AnnaKirsten
A tribute to AnnaKirsten, who passed away on the 5th of January, 2016.
I'm not good with words, so I'll let the artwork speak for her. :)
Rest in peace, Anna. The community will be missing you. :rose:

 

 

   
If you'd like to contribute to the next Inspiration Station issue, please send a note to C-91.
  Inspiration Station - AnnaKirstenAs some of you may be aware, a cornerstone of the fractal art community, :iconAnnaKirsten:  AnnaKirsten passed away recently.
Whether you knew her by name or not, it is a sure thing that if you have even just a passing interest in fractal art as a medium, you've seen at least a handful of her pieces.
Her style was indeed what I would call her own. AnnaKirsten made amazing fractal landscapes that blurred the borders between fractal art and painting in a way fully recognisable and unique to her.
Now, with a moment of silence, let's all take a trip down memory lane and take in the treasures left behind.







  Inspiration Station - AnnaKirsten-----
This week's feature is dedicated to AnnaKirsten :iconannakirsten:, who recently passed away on January 5th.
Anna was an inspirational member of the fractal community and she will be missed by many. I want to remember her with this feature of some of her wonderful works.










Glimpse into the Forever by AnnaKirsten
Here they come by AnnaKirsten
R.I.P. Anna, you will be greatly missed. :rose:



This feature is part of C-91 's 
Fractal Art Inspiration Station Project:



Inspiration Station - LET'S BRING IT BACKHello! :wave:
I'll make a personal journal soon but this is not the time.
When I first joined the fractal community in 2012, the resident Community Volunteer was SuicideBySafetyPin.
One of the activities she proposed that I liked the most was the Inspiration Station flash mob: it helped me to discover fractalists from which I could learn and take...inspiration. :D
The first one I made was this:

Almost four years later, the fractal scene has changed and many more artists need to be celebrated. That's why I'd like to bring this flash mob back in the fractal community.
(I asked permission to Light, don't worry :giggle:)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each week I'll send you a note with the name of the chosen artist and the date the feature is due on.
You can plan your feature and schedule it via Sta.sh or do it at the precise moment, it doesn't really matter.
Main thing is that on the set day, the artist's inbox is flooded with mentions of feature journals.


Click here for the full collection


Please contact Silvia C-91 if you wish to take part in this project, by sending her a note.




2015 Final Round Up

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 2, 2016, 1:44 AM


Wishy Washy by aartika-fractal-art


Hi and thanks for stopping by!


There are 120 new works in my 2015 fractal folder - here is a selection of my personal favourites from the year :)


  Dark by aartika-fractal-art 


Big Spirals


  Misted Hearts by aartika-fractal-art   Oil Pastel Shrimp by aartika-fractal-art  Fish Tails by aartika-fractal-art
Hoopla by aartika-fractal-art



Geometric Patterns

Square Mix It Up 41 by aartika-fractal-art    Vector Art 05 by aartika-fractal-art  77 Christmas Baubles in a Box by aartika-fractal-art

Nettoe by aartika-fractal-art


Fractal Flowers

Clematis montana by aartika-fractal-art   Blossom by aartika-fractal-art  Daisy Chain by aartika-fractal-art


Osteospermum by aartika-fractal-art



Abstracts

Square Patch by aartika-fractal-art   Disco Fever by aartika-fractal-art  Fallen Leaves-detail by aartika-fractal-art


I'm Going 16 by aartika-fractal-art



Some more Traditional Mandelbrot/Julia-based Fractals

Toast and Marmarlade by aartika-fractal-art   Harlequin - Which Path Should I Take? by aartika-fractal-art  Rigatoni by aartika-fractal-art


Lilac Storm by aartika-fractal-art



And finally something a little different from all the rest!


Robin Red Breast wishes you a Merry Christmas! by aartika-fractal-art  Log-spiral-12 by aartika-fractal-art  Ruggle 14 by aartika-fractal-art


Fire Island by aartika-fractal-art

I have a pretty busy time ahead, so am not sure how much time I will have to keep on creating new fractals over the coming months, but would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends and watchers for all their feedback and support since I re-joined Deviantart in January 2015, and to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year!


2015 Fractal Gallery






2015 Favourites Round Up Part 3 - Fractals

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 31, 2015, 5:52 AM


Melancholy by eReSaW


Since re-joining Deviantart in January this year, I've added just over 1200 great art works to my favourites folders - averaging 3 or 4 per day.


The collection includes some amazing raw fractals, fractal "paintings", photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, resources with a few miscellaneous odds and ends thrown in for good measure!
    
The Pond by HalTenny  Cracked moonstones by SallySlips  Opioid by Platinus  -RoseGarden- by silwenka 

Semaphore Babble by NinthTaboo    Colour Clash by OutsideFate  Downfall of all hopes by Abstt 


Alone 429 Every Path by Anchorwind-Net  Zeppo by Jimpan1973  Concrete Jungle by typologic

So here is just a small selection of my top favourite fractals by some of the best artists here on Deviantart.

Manuscript by tatasz


I hope you will enjoy it and be inspired to keep on creating great new work in the year to come!

Atticc by infinite-art

Zen flowers by batjorge  Fainted again by Fiery-Fire  Gift Wrap by Velvet--Glove


Origami Spiral by fraxialmadness3  The Sounds of Loneliness 30 by 2BORN02B  <da:thumb id="516808260"/>


20090215 by s31415


Thank you to all those artists who have provided true inspiration during what has been a very productive year for me!



Plain Plastic by SuicideBySafetyPin  Museum of Idiots by Platinus  Ocean on Fire by triptychaos


uf1587 by 0Encrypted0


Please also look at 2015 Favourites Parts 1 and 2:

2015 Favourites Round Up Part 1 - Traditional
Since re-joining Deviantart in January this year, I've added just over 1200 great art works to my favourites folders - averaging 3 or 4 per day.
The collection includes some amazing raw fractals, fractal "paintings", photography, paintings, drawings, digital art,
  2015 Favourites Round Up Part 2 - Digital / Photos
Since re-joining Deviantart in January this year, I've added just over 1200 great art works to my favourites folders - averaging 3 or 4 per day.
The collection includes some amazing raw fractals, fractal "paintings", photography, paintings, drawings, digital art



Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year for 2016!


124 by russianlad