Fractal art experiments

I love fractals.

I'm not sure if it's their infinite complexity or the joy from discovering amazing places within them, but there's something irresistible about fractals.

I've experimented with making art from fractals in different ways, such as recursive drawing processes, and experimenting with colour palettes while zooming into them.

My program of choice is Fractal Extreme and my favourite fractal is the Mandelbrot set because it's so versatile.

'Imagination on a hill' Fractal artwork

'Imagination on a hill' Fractal artwork

Medium: Pencil. watercolour , fractals.

When I was young I would lie in the long grass on a sunny day and stare up at the clouds and think about how weird and beautiful the world was.

This fractal artwork is my attempt to capture those sunny moments from my childhood.

I started this artwork with a pencil sketch, then I coloured it with watercolour. The swirling clouds in the sky are part of a fractal that I added later with Photoshop.

Fractals are so beautiful, and because they're infinitely complicated, they seem to relate to the world quite well.

'Brush Strokes' fractal image

'Brush Strokes' fractal image

This fractal looks like a close-up view of brush strokes in a 70's acrylic painting. The colours also reminds me of the woods in Canada, the trees are sharp and the clouds and sky has soft round shapes.

A hierarchy of capillaries

A hierarchy of capillaries

This image reminds me of a branching network of blood vessels in someone's lung. The human body is very fractal in structure, probably because of the way our organs grow in repeating patterns.

Citrus coloured fractal

Citrus coloured fractal

I can see autumn leaves in citrus colours that have fallen on rounded grey river stones. The shapes of the leaves are echoed in the round shapes of the stones. There is a gentle sense of perspective in this fractal.

'Wing Rot' Fractal illustration

'Wing Rot' Fractal illustration

Rotting angels' wings all arranged in symmetry.

This is one of my favourite fractals! I'm not sure if it's the colours or the design but somehow it looks different to most fractals. It has a depth to it.

Fractal wallpaper download:

Could the universe be one giant fractal?

Could the universe be one giant fractal?

It recently occurred to me that the universe itself could be one giant fractal.

This makes a lot of sense to me because we find fractal behaviour everywhere and at every scale in the universe.

Could Gravity be explained by a fractal universe?

Over the last year I've been jotting down notes and ideas about Fractal Gravity and today I finally put them together to create a new website:

fractalgravity.com

So far my ideas are a bit inconsistent and poorly organised but I think I've captured enough thoughts to finally present them in a half-decent way.

I haven't fully tackled the central idea of Fractal Gravity properly but I'm hoping that publishing my ideas will develop them further.

I definitely think the idea has merit.

I would love to hear what my readers think of this idea, does it even make sense?

Hopefully you can find something interesting in my ramblings on the subject. ;)

Pixel tree fractal

Pixel tree fractal

This illustration came from an idea to build up a picture in layers of increasing detail like a fractal - I've been quite obsessed with fractals and recursive behaviour lately...

Here's how I made it:

  1. I starting with a very small image (16 x 16 pixels) and drew the tree trunk with a one-pixel brush.
  2. I then doubled the size of the image in Photoshop with resampling set to 'nearest neighbour' so the colours stayed sharp.
  3. Using the same one-pixel brush (now only a quarter of the size) I drew the next set of branches in a different colour.
  4. I repeated the 'doubling then drawing' process five times until I reached the tiny leaves. This last layer took a long time because there were so many leaves on the tree!
  5. Finally I drew the owl in the same colours and pixel dimensions as the tree and sat him on one of the branches.

My final design was submitted to Threadless.com.

Tiger Paws

Tiger Paws

'Amnesia' Fractal artwork

'Amnesia' Fractal artwork

This fractal image looks to me like damaged brain cells leaving forgotten memories forever unreachable.

I'm sure the human brain is fractal in structure with hierarchical patterns of neurons working in parallel to resolve problems. That just makes super-sense to me ;)

Blue-Grey Marble

Blue-Grey Marble

The beautiful colours of polished marble!

Centre of it all

Centre of it all

A beautifully detailed view of the centre of a very complicated design.

Confetti

Confetti

A flurry of paper confetti whipped up in a wirl-wind of fresh air.

Dipole

Dipole

The dual centre ruling the surrounding intricate lace.

Dragon Larvae

Dragon Larvae

Dragon larvae swimming and collecting together under the microscope!

Flower Chain

Flower Chain

A chain of brown and yellow flowers linked by both the stems and the petals!

Gouache

Gouache

Gouache colours awash in a watery palette of blue, green and orange!

Royal Gold

Royal Gold

A magnificent cloth of burgundy red interwoven with stunning threads of gold fit for a king.

Royal Gold Detail

Royal Gold Detail

The centre of the Royal Gold fractal zoomed in so the beautiful detail can be seen. I really love this one!

Suntrees

Suntrees

Round trees growing on a hill and reaching out for the sun!

Alien Sunset

Alien Sunset

A beautiful sunset on an alien planet far, far from Earth!

Baby Blue

Baby Blue

A very symmetrical fractal in blues and creams.

Cirrus

Cirrus

High cirrus clouds in a yellow sky.

Edge of the World

Edge of the World

The limb of a planet with ocean and land stretching toward the horizon.

Horizon

Horizon

The horizon in a Tron-like world.

Lace on fire

Lace on fire

Intricate lace on fire glowing brightly!

Lichen

Lichen

Beautiful patches of green lichen growing in the cracks of rocks.

Marrow Pool

Marrow Pool

Bone marrow floating in a pool of aqua blue.

Neon Smoke

Neon Smoke

A waft of neon smoke glows in front of an orange background.

Satin Coast

Satin Coast

The shiny sea meets the shoreline and the coral reefs in an intricate pattern.

Strawberry Cream

Strawberry Cream

A dollop of cream on the top of a strawberry and banana smoothy. YUM!

Suds

Suds

Black ink suds on an olive laminex table top.

Threads

Threads

Purple woollen threads tangled in a beautiful messy knot!