Sunday, June 22, 2008

None for you

I'm in the middle of moving into a new apartment right now, and today I took a break and looked at some various fractals online, by way of a distraction. A bit of orderly chaos, as a change from the disorderly chaos of boxes around me.

I should have realized, though, that it would only make me all frustrated, because of course looking at fractals makes me want to go exploring, and make pictures of my own, but the computer with all the fractal-rendering programs isn't available right now, and isn't going to be available for another several days at least. Arrgh.

Instead, I've dug through the folders on my (faithful, old, slow) laptop, and found this one, which seemed somewhat appropriate.


It's related to several of the ones I've posted in the last weeks. Those spirals are down there, all right, curling slowly in the smoky beam of the spotlight. But I can't have them right now. Grr.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I have spoken.

Another look at the jewel-encrusted walls. This time I tried for a really battered and time-stained effect on the background. The gems themselves, being of course made of some adamantine and superior Barsoomian material, retain their flawless and scintillating lustre, though it has been uncounted thousands of years since the deft hands of long-dead craftsmen set them into place.

untitled [wall series]

These all started with the interestingly-named Burning Ship fractal. In the past, I have found its reflective symmetry somewhat too much, but it seems about right for these decorative motifs.

Friday, June 6, 2008

These primitive tools

This one is somewhat related to the previous couple, but ended up brighter. I could probably have given it a nice cheerful, sunny title, but I'm still in Intrepid Explorer mode, so it's called

Bronze Axes

(There are two axes, the real axis and the imaginary axis. Ha ha. I'm an idiot.)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Just when I think I'm completely jaded and done with fractals, things come along and give me another nudge. I was looking at the ever-reliable Fractal Complaints Department, and although there's never actually anything new there, it did remind me that it's been a while since I made any brightly-colored, excessively-layered spirals. So tonight I spent a little time exploring.

Into the Jungle

While wandering through these shadowy (though remarkably well-charted) regions, I found myself surrounded on all sides by the usual sorts of creatures: things with spines and scales and multicolored warts and, of course, lots of spirals.

Pathological Monsters

These two are both Mandelbrot zooms, with similar locations and many of the same coloring algorithms applied. I have a few others saved; maybe at some point I'll post more and call it a series.