Clouds Are Not Spheres: A Brief History of Fractals

Fractals: A Real-Life Application of Art


From the trees outside your window to the blood vessels in your body, fractals exist all around you. Clouds, lightning, and coastlines – they are all fractals. Even we are composed of fractals. Fractals are a part of everything. For centuries, people have recognized nature’s tendency to repeat itself. Take Hokusa’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa for example. In the woodblock painting, you can see the repeating patterns at the tips of the giant wave as it crashes down on the boats. Although people noticed these patterns, they had not a clue what they were really looking at: a fractal.

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Celtic Knot: Fractal Tutorial

Welcome to my fifth tutorial in this series! Today we’re going to make this fractal:

As you can see it has elaborate details, I call this one Celtic knot because it somewhat reminds me of one of the knots.

Anyways, refer to the earlier sections of this tutorial for basic information.

Before we begin, your transforms will not look exactly like mine till you finish the entire fractal, I have messed with the xaos settings in the images below. You won’t mess with the xaos settings till the rest of the fractal is formed.

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The Artist’s Palette: Deadly Emerald

The Artist’s Palette: Deadly Emerald

Source: Chris Goulet, Wikipedia

Back during the Regency Period (the early 1800s) the chemical industry was in its beginnings. Often this industry produced pigments. Prior to the chemical revolution paint hues often were not as vivid as the colors you see today, only the best most expensive paint was incredibly vivid. These new chemical pigments were easily manufactured, and made widely available, but it came with a heavy price. They did not consider though the consequences of some of the chemicals they used to achieve these vivid hues though. To be blunt, it made the lead paint problem we have today look like child’s play.

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Amalthea - A Fractal Tutorial

Welcome to my fourth fractal tutorial in this series.

Today we are going to make this image:

This type of fractal is called a Mobius. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing its difficult to create this type of fractal from scratch. Most people thus use baseforms. If you want to, you can use baseforms. I’m not sure if I used a baseform or not in this fractal since it’s from a year and a half ago. I’m going to give you instructions on how to make it completely on your own. Thus begins my dissection of a really old fractal.

Anyways, I’m going to trust that most of you are not basic Apophysis users. If you are a basic user, please read my first tutorials in this series.

If you wish to download the best baseform’s pack, download Penny5775’s Mobius Design Pack located here:

Penny5775’s Mobius Design Pack

Your are also going to need the Mobius plugin, and the spherical3D plugin. The plugin pack is downloadable at The Aposhack Plugin Pack

Also, I wrote this tutorial using Apophysis 2.08 3D. Sometimes there are differences in the locations with different versions of Apophysis. If you have difficulty with this, eyeball it from the screenshots please. If you cannot eyeball it, note me. I’ll try to convert it in 7x.

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The Artist’s Palette: The Jōmon Period

The Artist’s Palette: The Jōmon Period

The artist’s palette series is now going to move into studying different periods of art. We’re not going to covering something as large as renaissance art, but instead we’re going to cover smaller art periods with a specific culture in mind. For the first part we’re going to study the Jōmon period.

You’re probably asking right now, what the hell is a Jōmon and what is this crazy person is talking about. Well Jōmon is referencing a time period in Japan from around 14,000 to 300 BCE. Jōmon means cord-patterned, this is referencing the markings on clay art from this time; these marking were made with sticks that were wrapped with cords. The people who made this art are called the Jōmon; they are the ancestors of the Ainu people (northern Japanese).

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Vesper: A Fractal Tutorial



Welcome to my third fractal tutorial for Identity Studio! Today we’re going to explore the 3D aspects of Apophysis! The fractal we’re covering today is an offshoot of my main fractal tutorial Exploring Apophysis 3D This fractal is for moderate to intermediate users of Apophysis. Thus, I will not cover every little step; you guys should know how to create a blank flame, and how to enable a final transform.

Now let us begin!

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The Artist’s Palette: The Cultural Aspects of Purple

The Cultural Aspects of Purple

To put it simply, purple is a secondary color. Traditionally you achieve this color by mixing blue and red. It is somewhat separate from violet and magenta. In this article, we shall discuss a bit about the cultural aspects of purple.

Let’s begin by looking at the word itself, purple after all is quite a strange word. It comes from the Latin word purpura which was the Latin name for a very special dye. This dye was the dye that the nobility used to get that noble purple color that was infamous in antiquity. This dye produced the color Tyrian purple. The dye was created from mollusk shells, and was produced by the Phoenicians.

The mollusk which produces Tyrian Purple Source: Luis Fernández García

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Artist Interviews: Shynobi

Artist Interviews: Shynobi

Wendy: Can you tell me about yourself?

Shynobi: My name is Sean, I’m 19, and I was born, raised, and am currently living in central Alberta, Canada with my family. I took a one year course in communication design, but I’m currently working full time so I can have enough money to move to and continue my studies in Vancouver.

Wendy: Are you looking forward to going to Vancouver? What are you plans there?

Shynobi: Going to Vancouver is going to be a pretty big event in my life, considering that I’ve never moved before. But it will definitely be a nice, warm, clean place to go to university. I’m going to be soooo poor though. Here’s hoping that the high living prices will be worth it.

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The Artist’s Palette: Pre-historical Art

The Artist’s Palette: Pre-historic Art

The oldest surviving artworks are from 40,000 years ago. The most commonly found artworks from this period are cave wall paintings, open air paints (paintings on rock faces outside), little figurines, and things carved out of bone. Most of these early artworks are found in Europe, particularly in France and Germany. There are other old artworks found all over the world, but none as old as those found in Europe. So we shall concentrate our focus to that continent.

Most of the early cave wall paintings depicted animals. These animals were meaningful and symbol, though we are not sure what they stood for. There was a prior theory that our ancestors painted them as a type of magic, so they could have a good hunt. The current theory is a bit more realistic; that they could have painted them to track their migration patterns or that they could have stood for the distribution of the animals that inhabited the caves. Some of the artifacts left at these sites suggest that there was also a ritualistic purpose for the paintings; some theories for this involve mythical spirits and the such.

An example of a cave painting from Lascaux Cave, it depicts aurochs. Source: Wikipedia

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Artist Interviews: Blitz

Note:  This interview is actually an interview of Daniel Ra, a name that should be familiar to you.  It was originally posted on another site. 


Wendy: Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

Blitz: My name is Daniel and I’m currently 21 years old. I’m attending the University of Washington Seattle majoring in cell and molecular biology; I plan on becoming a surgeon (UW is a top 5 international university for medicine and operates one of USA’s best hospitals). Born in raised in a Hawaiian Island, I became a sponsored skateboarder at age 12. I picked up graphics around age 16 and taught my own graphic design related course at age 17. At age 18 I also got my first magazine feature for Advanced Photoshop. At age 19 I placed runner up for the National Nvidia Competition, and at age 20 I was the only student to win the National Adobe CS5 competition twice. I also started my own design studio (Identitystudio) and clothing line at this age. Currently I have over a dozen magazine, blog, newspaper features and am working on my autobiography (which is set to publish in 2012) and my Wikipedia page (which should be up before the New Year).…nielra?mode=a_p

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