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What is fractal art for you?I guess i got an apology to make, beause this was not a matter i took seriously till this week, and, i guess, just got a bunch of things to re-consider. Well, better late than never
One characteristic of fractal art is that is fairly reproduceable.
A real master with deep knowledge of fractal software can, just from looking at a piece, find out how it was made, and re-create it. It is actually amazing, and, a while ago, I followed with quite a lot of interest, the "duel" between FractalDesire and zy0rg, when they both tried - and succeeded - in reproducing each other`s artworks.
Generous people share parameters and allow other people to tweak them or just study them and learn. For example, the longest fractal pong on deviantART, by Undead-Academy and batjorge
I haven't been able to reply in the past days, but now I have a general idea of what was going on.
First, let me say this is not about doing the same kind of fractals over and over, otherwise I wouldn't be here writing this journal because I'm the first who spams your message centers with 3D flowers, so who am I to judge?
I think it's more a matter of opening Apophysis/MB3D/Chaotica/UF/whateversoftware, clicking on a flame from a random batch or on a formula or whatever (or following a tutorial without tweaking) and rendering. And "done, here's my fractal, it's so easy making fractals".
Given that I don't really care about what other people do and I'm more for "live and let live", I also don't want non-fractalist people to think that making fractals is all about clicking randomly and getting a nice image to render. No, it's not like that. Making fractals is the same as drawing or painting or sculpturing: it's about thinking and having an idea of what you're doing, sometimes learning something new, putting effort and passion on it and, most of all, having fun
Yes, because isn't it a sort of escape from the demanding reality and a way to relax somehow? So, if somebody enjoys making the same kind of fractals over and over, even without new elements from their usual
(this means I'm not including people who use scripts/params/tutorials without adding something of theirs), means that they're happy this way. If they are, let them be.
Might be they don't enjoy making other kind of fractals. Thank God, we have the option to watch and/or fave their work. If they ask us for suggestions and how to improve, let's give them. But let's not be demanding even here. For most of the people here, fractals are just a way to enjoy free time, and being overly...uhm...oppressed by non required judgements is not exactly helpful (I kinda know that).
"Why don't you make something else other than 3D blooms? For example, tiles?
I simply don't like making tiles, that's it. I have a lot of fun making flowers...they make me feel worth something and I try to find new elements to make them different and more realistic. And as long as I feel good while making them, that's ok. But hearing the same things over and over is just annoying.
It's like this for me and I bet it's the same for other people.
Doing fractals from the same style and tweaking
are two completely different things. Some people just follow a tutorial or use a script or a set of params, make quite invisible tweaks (for example, changing gradient), render the fractal and post it to deviantART, stating "Hi, here's my tweak of whateverfractal by whoever!". That's not tweaking, that's copying. You don't really have to much to tweak a fractal, seriously. Sometimes, the addition of a final xform (I'm talking about Apo of course) would do already a lot by itself.
What I aim to say is that if some people are like that, doesn't mean the whole world of fractalists is like that. We're not just button clickers, we're artists as the others.
For whatever else, if you want to do only blooms or linears or sphericals or whatever, do them. If you do or don't want to use Xaos, use or don't use Xaos. If you want to share params from your work, do it no matter what. If you want to render at poor print quality, do it. If you want to use a fractal software rather than another, use it. You don't need to give explanation to people because you do a thing rather than another.
Just do me a favour: don't let other people put you down because of your choices, as long as they don't harm others (so copying and stealing -which I think are the only things that can hurt other fractalists- are not allowed
I don't think I'm good at expressing myself, but I hope you got my point of view anyway.
I'm not pointing to anybody specific, these are just my two cents on the topic and things I've been bringing inside for too long. There would be a lot else to say, but let's do it little by little.
Love you all!