First of all, I need to spend two words on the title: I know that there's another fractal program called Mandelbulber, which is different from Mandelbulb 3D, but the other alternative was to give the name of Mandelicious!, which sounds too stupid to me. I have difficulties in naming my fractals, let alone these things.
I studied a bit on what kind of question I could ask, and I have to thank all those people who make interviews here on dA (exspecially those I watch ). They inspired me a lot!
(yeah, some questions are pretty much the same )
dark-beam kindly accepted to be the first. He's a really nice fellow deviant, other than being the author of many MB3D's formulas.
The Great Mandelbulber - dark-beam
Hello dark-beam! Tell us something about you.
I'm an Engineering student, from Sardinia, I've always been into art and PC. I owned a Commodore 64, an Olivetti's PC1... My parents are both artists, while my grandfather was a dentist a lot of years ago...
How did you discover fractal art?
Around 1997, with Flarium 24. Today it's almost impossible to find this program. It didn't make the use of any advanced palette, but there was a formula editor (you could only put one-line formulas )... I used to have fun anyway. Then UltraFractal, a lot of options available, so I started to explore...
I wasn't interested on fractals only, but also on MAME, MUGEN and other things. In the last period I gave up fractals a bit, too long rendering times!
When did you make your first fractal with Mandelbulb 3D and how did it feel to reach this achievement?
As soon as I heard about Mandelbulb, thanks to the wonderful renders by Nylander, I began being curious about Mandelbulb 3D. A big encouragement has been seeing some beautiful renders by Lenord (Len1) on Renderosity. The the discovery of FractalForums thanks to bib993, I ask the permission to publish my first simple formulas. Step by step I learned many tricks with the assembly, so I can make more and more things.
Among all the fractal programs available, why do you prefer Mandelbulb3D to work with?
Great rendering speed, extraordinary stability, continuous improvements thanks to Jesse, realism and a great variety of effects that makes other commercial programs envious, all for free! And also the possibility of personalization.
Do you use any other fractal program along with Mandelbulb3D?
Photoimpact: it helps to reduce noise and sharpen... It's always good! I often use KPT Equalizer and Redfield Perfectum filters.
Is there any deviant or artist who is inspirational to you?
In the first period Lenord (Len1), but most of all MarkJayBee too. I would like to recreate some fractals by Bib (bib993), but I don't know his tricks. I also follow Vidom and AureliusCat's art, but I don't understand how they make it.
What would you recommend to Mandelbulb 3D newbies?
Practice, a lot of! Ask for help and help oneself by reading loads of tutorials! I wrote some of them and collected in "Helpful stuff" folder. I don't know if all of them are there, I'm too lazy to check.
Anything else you would like to say?
There are not only fractals! Live your life too!
Ooops, I forgot! Favourite formula?
Favourite formula? I would like all formulas to be used, for I spend a lot of time to write them!
I hope you enjoyed this interview!
If you have any suggestion or preference on the next interview, send me a note with your opinion!!!