Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hard gritty rainbows

I think a large part of the fascination with these grainy inside fractals is how difficult I find them. The Mandelbrot set, by now, is quite familiar: I've explored it very thoroughly, and learned a lot about how its patterns fit into each other. I know it well enough that I can fairly reliably navigate to any kind of pattern I decide to look for. With coloring methods, too, many of them have become familiar enough to be very precisely controlled, which is what allows me to make those literal, illustrative images that I still can't decide whether I like or not.

But these Nova insides are unknown territory, strange and foggy, and (at least so far) nearly impossible to get a grip on. Patterns stack up on top of each other, sliding in and out of focus as the maxiter changes. It's clear that they're following some kind of deeply-structured logic, but so far I haven't been able to understand it well enough to predict what it might do in any given spot.

So working with them is hard. And it turns out that I've been somehow craving something hard, something frustrating, something impossible to understand quickly. Maybe it's because I'm free of school. School was horrible in a whole bunch of ways, but it did at least give me a fair amount of hard stuff to bash at.

I have conversations with the Professor sometimes, usually around exam time, when his students are complaining bitterly that things are too hard. And I sympathize, except that when I'm only doing easy things, it's as though I can feel my brain cells shriveling up. Doing something hard helps keep me in shape, so that I don't turn into a sad dull boring person, full of complaints about how hard everything is.

With these two images, I'm trying to see if some of my comfortable, familiar techniques (like the three-layer spectra) can be used on any of these infuriating sandy fractals.

Dragon & Phoenix Soup

Chain Reaction


Gissel Escudero said...

I like challenges too :-) When something becomes just too easy, it also becomes boring!

Those are very unusual, pretty images.

Mr.Velocipede said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am, I have to admit, a sucker for your tiny-points-of-light images. They recall a Persian (southern Russian?) form of folk art, one that is intricate and ridiculously labor intensive. So again it seems that you juggle those two aspects in your sleek computer imagery and it's very satisfying somehow.

Dan Wills said...

Very nice work Mr V! you've done a lot better than I have so far with deploying the chromatic technique in on the super-detailed inside (some tests on UltraIterator Here).

Great to see you're still chipping away at the hard stuff! :D