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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!
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  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 





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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
I see you say here that you use Apophysis to make smooth gradients. As you know Apo gradients have too many nodes for UF and of course you can smooth them.

Have you ever tried ApoMap which is related to Apophysis but is a small stand alone piece of software? apomap.software.informer.com/d…
You can make gradients from .jpegs, photos etc. or generate new ones.
It makes gradients with many bands like Apophysis but it's easy to modify and blur/smooth them to be used on UF. 
They save as bitmaps which open in UF.

I've used it quite a bit as it avoids opening Apophysis. :)
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No - I haven't used it, I'll give it a go , thank you! :)
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
It's practically the same thing as Apophysis. 
You have to smooth the gradient to avoid getting a hard stop at each end. You loose some of the colours which merge together but I've managed to get some nice ones.
When you open a bitmap gradient in UF you have to click twice, first to choose which one in the file then again to open it. :)
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I've had a go with it now, the gradients made from the same jpeg are very similar to each other, thanks for the tip. :D
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
My pleasure, Tina. I love telling people what to do! ;)
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful works here!!! :clap:
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Gerda, it's always nice to have your feedback on my journals :)
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your journals, that's why!! :D
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hug 
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marijeberting Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Great journey Clap Clap Clap 
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hug 
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2016
I'm quite a newcomer to UF. I've never used the mailng list. 

When I first came across UF fractals I thought they were all spirals and flowers and I found the programme boring... what a mistake!
Do you remember WelshWench ? She told me before leaving that I ought to try.

I tried the beta version for Mac and to my surprise found that it made no end of other shapes and that I could actually use it. It had seemed so difficult I didn't expect to be able to.
So I bought it and have enjoyed it ever since.

Now I make spirals and flowers too! ;) ... but not as well as you.

I'm very sorry about your MS and wish you all the best.
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Suzanne Heart

No, I don't think I knew WelshWench aka Gill, it looks as if her work here is all in storage, apart from her DDs which are stunning

The Secret Life Of Plants by WelshWench   Verdura by WelshWench
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
She was very fond of spirals and was close to LaPurr who has also ceased to submit fractals here, which I also regret.
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a journey!!!!  I miss the old days of the UF mailing list!!!!  :-)
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infinite-art Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I miss it as well. I made many friends (including you and Tina) through the early UF community, and while subsequent attempts to recreate that kind of feeling have never quite matched the original (and many of those people no longer actively create fractal art), I will always feel a special fondness for who we all were back then!
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hug 
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aartika-fractal-art Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It was a great place to learn and interact, but I do remember it getting pretty heated at times! :D
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