We had a trip in Europe: we went to Italy, then in Scotland, to end in France. It's time to go back to the United Kingdom and pay a visit to GrahamSym, the master of sci-fi fractals!
Well, in my opinion! But I'm sure many of you will agree with me.
Hello GrahamSym! Tell us something about you.
I live in East London, married 3 grown up children. I worked as a Museum technician, until ill health forced me to retire. I play guitar and bass. In the 80's and 90's I played in bands but it took too much comittment once my children were born, although I still have the odd jam with friends. I have been creating computer art of one sort or another since the late 90's. I used Terragen, Truespace, Blender, Bryce, Photoshop and a few others.
When did you start making fractals? Is there something in particular that brought you to this decision?
About 18 months ago, I was trying various fractal programs. Apo, Incendia etc, just experimenting, the results were less than pleasing. I never kept the images. I had not discovered MB3D yet.
When did you make your first MB3D fractal and how did it feel to reach this achievement?
About 15 months ago, I found a link to Fractalforums (www.fractalforums.com) and saw the incredible artwork produced using MB3D. I thought I would give it a go and I have been addicted ever since.
Is there any formula you use more often that the others?
I don't have a particular favourite formula. Mixpinski4/sierphilbert combos are creating pleasing results. Also Sin Y.
Which is the fractal you're most proud of and why?
The fractal I am most proud of is Bodly Go. This got more views, favs and comments than I ever imagined.
Why did you choose MB3D among all the fractal programs available?
I tried various fractal programs, but I prefer the 3D images that MB3D produces. Its advantage over Mandelbulber is its very fast render times, also Jesse just keeps adding new features.
Is there any deviant/artist who is inspirational to you?
Too many to mention individually, but initially when I first started using MB3D, the tutorials of Theli-at, HalTenny and dark-beam were invaluable. Len1 was always forthcoming with advice and help.
Is there any advice you'd like to give to someone who have just started making fractals?
Go to www.fractalforums.com and read the tutorials, ask fractal artists for advice as they will gladly help, experiment and above all, have fun.
Are you interested in experimenting with other means of art?
Yes, I like using other computer programs, Truspace, Blender, Terragen and a few others. I could not live without Photoshop. I did try watercolours once, but gave that up when I realised they were rubbish. I have always enjoyed making or repairing things. My job as a Museum technician involved repairing and setting up exhibitions
Anything else you'd like to say?
I hope this was not too boring! To everybody I would say, keep up the good work and keep experimenting.
Thanks a lot to GrahamSym! I hope you'll like this interview!
And also, pay a visit to his gallery! See you in a month!
Don't miss the previous "The Great Mandelbulber" interviews!!!
The Great Mandelbulber - dark-beam
The Great Mandelbulber - MarkJayBee
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