I’ve always been fascinated by fractals since I first learned of their existence. I have also been fascinated by the intricacies of fractal art, though never dreamed that I might be capable of creating such art.
I recall, as a kid, drawing abstract drawings of circles of increasing sizes expanding from a central point outwards, and later came to realise that I had been drawing fractals, or creating rudimentary fractal art, without being aware of it.
When I learned more about fractals, I came to see that the universe and everything in it, including us, is underpinned by fractal geometry.
I was talking to one of my students online the other day about art and we strayed into the realm of fractals and their use in fractal art. He had never heard of them, but was fascinated by them, nevertheless. I did a search to see what software might be available for fractal generation, and found several. One that really caught my eye was Chaotica by Glare Technologies. I knew of this company from my use of the Indigo renderer which I use in my 3D animation software.
I experimented with their free trial version of Chaotica and was hooked. Though complex, the software allows even a beginner like myself to begin to use it effectively quite quickly. The trial version is limited in the size of image that can be produced, so I decided to splash out on the Studio version, which has no limitation. Well, you only live once!
My Fractal Art
The image you see on this page is one of the first pieces of fractal art I have created with the Chaotica software, combined with the 3D animation tools that I use for many of my video English lessons.
I call the image Fractal Genesis. I hope you like it.