I couldn't help but notice recently the sudden influx of
new 3D fractal art. This - relatively new - creative medium
seems to be capturing the popular imagination round here in
a pretty big way!
What strikes me most - apart from the widely varying approaches
to composition, colour etc - are the amount of questions and
appeals from potential and new users of 3D fractal programs for
tutorials, and general info on the subject.
Some excellent tuts for one of the 2 main 3D fractal rendering apps - 'Mandelbulb 3D'[link]
written by Hal Tenny [link]
are available from: [link]
Hal admits straight away that he has no interest in the math
or theoretical side of 3D fractals, and that these tuts are basically
creative 'user guides'. New users should definitely check them out,
as they will save a lot of fruitless random button pushing and
general 'slider whanging'!
The other main 3D fractal renderer is the very wonderful
which can - with care and patience! - produce
some beautiful images, but does really need a pretty fast machine
to run at a realistic speed. This program does have a good .pdf support document [link]
available for download.
However, if like me you really want to get into the 'nitty-gritty'
of the 3D fractal world, you should head on over to FractalForums.com [link]
and join up! The artwork in the gallery section is the cutting edge of fractal exploration - from
purely experimental, math based work to VERY creative use of most
You'll also spot some very familiar names there too! Have a look -
for a bunch of coders and math profs, they're all really nice,
helpful folks who will gladly help out with virtually any queries you may have!
Additional: Found a really interesting interview with Benoit Mandelbrot - the 'father of fractals' - on this site: [link]
Additional: If you are interested in the basic math of the
'Mandelbrot set', there's an excellent 15 minute vid available
Here endeth the advert!
Till next time....keep on creating!