Some More Unbelievable Fractals


As in the flower, not the part of the eye. I’m not certain this piece actually looks anything like an iris, but it has a similar color scheme to some of the ones that grow in my backyard. Of course, those irises are some weird cultivar with lots and lots of ruffles, so my idea of what an iris looks like and your idea of what an iris looks like might not mesh.

Vacuum Moth

I like to think of this flame as being a photograph (or other image capturing technology of your choice) of some little wisp of living energy flitting through space. Why would there be such a thing? Well, nature abhors a vacuum. Almost as much as people, probably. I don’t think anybody is truly comfortable with the idea of a vast expanse that contains absolutely nothing at all. Imagining that that vacuum is filled with pretty little fluttery things tickles my fancy.

Amber Inset

This flame may look familiar; that’s because it’s a zoomed-in chunk of this flame that I posted way back when. I think the inset version of the piece eliminates some of the worst compositional errors and least interesting parts of the flame. I’m informed that this flame is ‘gelatinous’ but I’m not sure I see it. I was thinking it looked like…you know…amber. That might just be the colors, though. Check out also these great pieces of fractal art.

Lithic Photovores (recolor)

Sorry, this is late; my computer monitor decided to go kaput last Friday, so I didn’t have access to the computer with all of my fractal flame stuff on it. Anyway, moving on…

Those of you who are well versed in word roots can probably guess what this flame’s title means: Rocky plants. I suppose it’s rather similar to ‘Silicon Autotrophs’ for meaning, but that’s okay. I just like the idea of rocks that eat light. Too much science fiction, most likely. You can read more on famous fractal artists in this article.

This flame started out purple, and I probably would have kept it that way if I could have gotten the light and dark patches where I wanted them to be. Unfortunately, they were just about the opposite of what you see in this version, and it rather badly unbalanced things. I like the blue better anyway; I think the more muted colors work better with the overall feel of the piece.

Green Tide

The color and texture of this flame are my favorite things about it. The green shades go all the way from almost-blue to almost-yellow (although there are really only three gradations present), counterbalanced by the slight purplish tint of the brighter areas. The elongated lines that make up the flame remind me of a photograph with an over-long exposure time; blurred and static, but still conveying motion.

I had a really hard time positioning this piece on the canvas. The dark green section on the right-hand side continues a lot farther than I’d have liked it too, and it started looking fuzzy and grainy, just as the smaller repeats of it do. I generally don’t like to cut off just a small piece of a flame the way I’ve done here, but it turned out to be the best solution without altering the shape of the flame.

Orbital Diagrams

This flame reminds me of the old low-tech special effects holographic-display things that used to get drawn into old sci-fi movies. I’m not sure if the colors match one that I’m remembering, or what, but that’s what it makes me think of. It also has this compass rose thing happening too, with the little-striated lines coming off of it. I really like the combination of those two elements.

This piece is one of my favorites. I made it about two months ago, and I didn’t want to make anything else for a while because I was still having fun looking at this one. It’s very much a ‘handmade’ flame; I didn’t introduce any random elements when I was constructing it. I take an obscure sort of pride in that, even though flames that do have random elements are often better than ones that don’t. I think part of my attachment to it is that it is handmade–and that I spent quite a bit of time doing so. Longer to fix it in my memory, I suppose.

Khaki Coral

This piece has a little bit of blur effect on it, but I’m not sure I like the way I turned out. It didn’t work without the blur–the lines were too thin and hard. But I couldn’t figure out how to make it blur evenly across the whole piece. I suspect that now I could make it work, but this piece is from about two years ago. As much as I talk about going back and fixing old pieces, I’d rather spend the time making something new. The creative energy required is the same, and it seems to be in finite supply.

Rotary Hummingbird

The unnatural merging of a hummingbird and a helicopter, the rotary hummingbird was created by a deranged geneticist. I really have to wonder why he bothered.

I mean, after all…hummingbirds can already hover. And the poor thing must get terribly dizzy what with all that spinning.

Static Electricity

Bzzzzck! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a flame that requires sound effects. But this one certainly does. Probably something along the lines of those musical Tesla coils. It probably doesn’t play star wars music, though.

This flame uses the popcorn variation, which is nothing new at this point. But I really like the way the fractal pattern visible in the center of the flame gets distorted and wonky-shaped at the edges by it.