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Fractal Imagery and My Digital Art

Updated on February 12, 2014
I call this fractal "Ice Age."  I manipulated the colors so that they would all be "cooler."
I call this fractal "Ice Age." I manipulated the colors so that they would all be "cooler." | Source

Fractal Explorer - At Least I Felt Like One

Not too long ago, I came across a hub by Movie Master on dandelions. I was interested in reading because I always have tons of dandelions growing in my yard, along with tons of other weeds – I live near a large National Forest. I’m always game to see what I can do with the plants in my yard - both the ones I can cultivate and ones that grow wild.

But then I saw something in Movie Master’s hub: “kaleidoscope” versions of dandelions. The images were stunning.

For my hubs and in general, I love taking photos. While I wouldn’t call myself a professional photographer, I would say that I’m proficient at image editing. But I was surprised that I hadn’t seen a “kaleidoscope” filter in all my image-editing wanderings.

I promptly opened up GIMP – my image editing software. I looked and looked for the kaleidoscope filter. I went to their website and discovered that the kaleidoscope filter had essentially been replaced by “fractal trace” and “fractal explorer.”

I had no idea what those meant. I vaguely remember fractals from math classes in college, but never did much with the idea of them.

The Move to Digital Art

I really had no idea.

I had no idea that finding fractals would lead me to explore a whole new art medium.

I had studied art in college, taking enough classes to garner a minor. I always wanted art to be a significant hobby of mine. I had been a painter – acrylic on canvas was my favorite medium. The American Southwest inspired my subject matter.

Unfortunately, I lived (and still live) in the southeast. Though I enjoy where I live, selling southwestern art in the southeast proved to be futile. I all but gave up.

Then I saw Movie Master’s hub. I discovered fractals. I have been creating fractals and digital art at a furious pace ever since then.

"Ocean Peaks" is another fractal I created when I first started exploring the world of fractals.
"Ocean Peaks" is another fractal I created when I first started exploring the world of fractals. | Source

What Are Fractals?

At its most basic level, a fractal is a pattern that can repeat over and over again. It can be modeled using a mathematical equation. However, it is an irregular pattern.

Nature herself features fractals all over the place. Hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather events can generate fractal patterns, but even water draining down the sink creates a pattern. The way ferns propel their winding tiny ferns into the air to how other plants grow their leaves create intricate natural patterns. Even the flames in a fire can be interpreted using fractals.

You can take those mathematical expressions and actually render a digital image with them.

Now, I don’t claim to be a mathematical genius. But it is quite thrilling to know that these patterns can be rendered using various mathematical formulas.

In GIMP, I took an image and used “fractal trace” and “fractal explorer” to create a few early images:

One of my earliest fractals.  It's called "Splat."
One of my earliest fractals. It's called "Splat." | Source

Rendering Fractals

Once I made a few images, still didn’t know much. There is an entire world of knowledge to be had in exploring fractal dimensions. I figured out that I could play with the colors by changing things like the sine, cosine and iterations (number of turns or passes) of the image. GIMP would happily do all that for me.

But, I did find my limits with GIMP. Despite the fractal trace and fractal explorer functions, I found that I wanted to be able to manipulate the images even more.

I came across a math book with a beautiful, swirly cover and quickly realized it was a fractal, but a very complicated-looking one. The fractals I had been creating looked quite simple by comparison.

I pressed on. I hopped online to see what more I could do with fractals. I found another program called ChaosPro.

After a brief and free download, I immersed myself into the world of fractals.

Using Fractal Generator Software

Once you open up the program, you have many choices of what types of fractals to make. You can make 3-D images or 2-D images.

Believe it or not, I actually prefer the 2-D images because the 3-D images remind me of body parts…and not in a good way.

One of the easiest ways I get started is by going to the menu bar and choosing “Distribution.Par” – this will generate a 2-D fractal. You can see, though, that there are many choices. Unlimited types of fractals can be generated.

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One of the easiest ways I get started is by going to the menu bar and choosing “Distribution.Par” – this will generate a 2-D fractal.  You can see, though, that there are many choices, indicating that many types of fractals can be generated.Once I have chosen the “Distribution”, I go onto the next sub-category and choose a fractal pattern.  In this case, I chose “Fantasia.”  It’s one of my favorites.After the image comes up, now I can “play” with it.  I can play with the colors using some of the presets.  Playing with the colors.By zooming in, I can home in on an interesting part of the image.  I have double-clicked and zoomed in about 4 times.  You can see that even though I zoomed in, the pattern continually repeats itself.Playing with the colors a little more, zooming in and focusing on a particular area yields this image.You can see the formula that you’re working with over on the right:Now, going over to the area called “mapping” I’m going to effectively change the fractal formula.  I go over to “Ultra Fractal” and then to the subfolder “dmj.ctr” and select “spiral cut” and the image changes.The image after I applied a "spiral cut."Then, in the same folder, I selected “unspiral.”  You’d think that it would straighten the fractal out, but it actually does more to “spiral” it than anything.  Taking out the “unspiral” filter and adding “crazy spiral” adds an unexpected element.Tweaking the image further and adding a “mirror” filter changes the image still: That’s an image that I like!
One of the easiest ways I get started is by going to the menu bar and choosing “Distribution.Par” – this will generate a 2-D fractal.  You can see, though, that there are many choices, indicating that many types of fractals can be generated.
One of the easiest ways I get started is by going to the menu bar and choosing “Distribution.Par” – this will generate a 2-D fractal. You can see, though, that there are many choices, indicating that many types of fractals can be generated. | Source
Once I have chosen the “Distribution”, I go onto the next sub-category and choose a fractal pattern.  In this case, I chose “Fantasia.”  It’s one of my favorites.
Once I have chosen the “Distribution”, I go onto the next sub-category and choose a fractal pattern. In this case, I chose “Fantasia.” It’s one of my favorites. | Source
After the image comes up, now I can “play” with it.  I can play with the colors using some of the presets.
After the image comes up, now I can “play” with it. I can play with the colors using some of the presets. | Source
Playing with the colors.
Playing with the colors. | Source
By zooming in, I can home in on an interesting part of the image.  I have double-clicked and zoomed in about 4 times.  You can see that even though I zoomed in, the pattern continually repeats itself.
By zooming in, I can home in on an interesting part of the image. I have double-clicked and zoomed in about 4 times. You can see that even though I zoomed in, the pattern continually repeats itself. | Source
Playing with the colors a little more, zooming in and focusing on a particular area yields this image.
Playing with the colors a little more, zooming in and focusing on a particular area yields this image. | Source
You can see the formula that you’re working with over on the right:
You can see the formula that you’re working with over on the right: | Source
Now, going over to the area called “mapping” I’m going to effectively change the fractal formula.
Now, going over to the area called “mapping” I’m going to effectively change the fractal formula. | Source
I go over to “Ultra Fractal” and then to the subfolder “dmj.ctr” and select “spiral cut” and the image changes.
I go over to “Ultra Fractal” and then to the subfolder “dmj.ctr” and select “spiral cut” and the image changes. | Source
The image after I applied a "spiral cut."
The image after I applied a "spiral cut." | Source
Then, in the same folder, I selected “unspiral.”  You’d think that it would straighten the fractal out, but it actually does more to “spiral” it than anything.
Then, in the same folder, I selected “unspiral.” You’d think that it would straighten the fractal out, but it actually does more to “spiral” it than anything. | Source
Taking out the “unspiral” filter and adding “crazy spiral” adds an unexpected element.
Taking out the “unspiral” filter and adding “crazy spiral” adds an unexpected element. | Source
Tweaking the image further and adding a “mirror” filter changes the image still: That’s an image that I like!
Tweaking the image further and adding a “mirror” filter changes the image still: That’s an image that I like! | Source

If I want to further manipulate my image, I can “export” it. That will allow me to make any other changes that I want in GIMP.

So, I can pretend I’m a mathematical genius, but what I really love is the stunning digital images that I can make and manipulate to create a work of art.

I like this image, so I don't think I'll further manipulate it.  I call it "Spinning Spines."
I like this image, so I don't think I'll further manipulate it. I call it "Spinning Spines." | Source

I have become so inspired by these that I created a store and a blog. Every day, I have to spend time making fractals and rendering images that I find graphically and visually stimulating. It's become a sort of...obsession.

So thanks, Movie Master. You helped inspire a new art form for me. I can’t thank you enough.

I'll conclude with some other images I've created.

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This is called "Glory Daze.""Ocean Diatoms""Crowned Jewel""Odyssey""Symbolic Fissure""Wings""Colors in Geode""Dactyl Fractyl""Enigma""Stripe Time""Fantasialand""Rainbow Night""Space Cadet""Spice and Spiral""Spider Lily"
This is called "Glory Daze."
This is called "Glory Daze." | Source
"Ocean Diatoms"
"Ocean Diatoms" | Source
"Crowned Jewel"
"Crowned Jewel" | Source
"Odyssey"
"Odyssey" | Source
"Symbolic Fissure"
"Symbolic Fissure" | Source
"Wings"
"Wings" | Source
"Colors in Geode"
"Colors in Geode" | Source
"Dactyl Fractyl"
"Dactyl Fractyl" | Source
"Enigma"
"Enigma" | Source
"Stripe Time"
"Stripe Time" | Source
"Fantasialand"
"Fantasialand" | Source
"Rainbow Night"
"Rainbow Night" | Source
"Space Cadet"
"Space Cadet" | Source
"Spice and Spiral"
"Spice and Spiral" | Source
"Spider Lily"
"Spider Lily" | Source

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      AA lite: I do like Chaospro but those other programs sound good! Thank you so much for your feedback. :)

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I've not used chaospo yet, I would like to try it, as soon as I manage to drag myself away from sterling 2 and mendelbulb 3D. I love your images, especially "stripe time". It makes me think of many legged alien creatures walking somewhere.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thomas - you never cease to make me LAUGH OUT LOUD. Haha. Old, old technology thingie...hmmm...no idea. But I can imagine some of the ideas swirling around in your head. :D

      You JUST found out that you can write? Um, can I be the first in line for the book you're going to write? I swear it'll be a bestseller - just ask Jonathan Safran. I'm SURE he'd be a fan. Thanks for coming by!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tammy - I'm MAKING coasters and mugs. Hehe. You're so funny. Great to see you. Thanks for stopping by!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      CC...

      My roommate had fractal imagery on one of those OLD,OLD technology things...(I don't remember what they are called...like a CD but the size of an old album...) anywho...you can imagine what we use those for in our house...veeeeery trippy.

      I had no idea they could be made though and you would be a handy person to have around the house! Personally, in that land of art, I took many art history classes but I got no skills my ownself in that form of creativity...I just found out recently that I can write.

      This is too cool....both the fact of them and your ability to manipulate them!

      Thomas

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love these! Do you know of any links where a person can get this art? I would love to put these on coasters, mugs, you name it. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      RealHousewife - thank you so much. :) I'm always working on improving the visual imagery and I might even look into animations. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your feedback. I hear it's hot in St. Louis - stay cool! :) Hubhugs!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Pretty impressive! I was just watching a music video and they did a graphic art stream just like you are describing and I was thinking it looked pretty cool! lol I wondered how that was done...but I suck at graphic arts. I feel so lucky I can put a hub together! lol

      Excellent hub!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Docmo - aw, shucks. Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm definitely very psyched about doing these. I can't get enough of them. I plan on doing a lot more exploration with them - I think I've only nicked the iceberg. :D Thanks again!!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Astonishingly Good! I love the artistry in these fractals and I equally admire the titles for each piece of art as they add creativity and depth to the enterprise. I'm glad you discovered fractals Cyndi we are all delighted for it! Bravo!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Alissa, aw you're sweet! It would be fun to create different images on scarves and things like that. Hmm...hmm...I've have to check into that. :) Thanks so much for coming by! Hubhugs!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      You have created some very beautiful images Cyndi! I have never heard about fractal imagery so I found this hub quite fascinating. Like Stephanie said up above, I wouldn't mind having a scarf or even a beautiful dress made from the patterns in your images. Fantastic job on the artwork and for teaching me a thing or two about fractals! Voted up and beautiful!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Prasetio - thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback. I'm actually commenting after having just made some fractals. :) Cheers to you!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this hub and I can't wait to follow all the instruction you gave to us. Thanks for writing. Voted up.

      Cheers, Prasetio

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, thanks, Cara. It's great to see you! I appreciate you stopping by. Hey, I have an idea! You could make fractal cupcakes with the kiddos! Hehehe. Hubhugs!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Absolutely beautiful, amazing, and inspiring! I love the art that you have created and am going to check out the links that you have shared. Very beautiful and useful hub Cyndi!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Jonsswagger 1978 - Thanks so much for stopping by! Fractals are really fun! I love creating new ones all the time. :)

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      jonsswagger1978 5 years ago from Birmingham Alabama

      I enjoyed reading this hub. I had no idea or heard of fractal imagery. Very interesting and cool!!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Big Bro! Thanks for comin' by! I'm SURE that you could figure this out - you're like a genius or something. :D I am working really hard on my craft, though. I have it in my mind that I will stop short of nothing but success. It won't be without people like you that have really helped me shine. Hugs to you. Have a WONDERFUL day! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure how I missed this one but I'm glad someone shared it. This was fascinating Cyndi; way above my head and beyond my comprehension but fascinating just the same. I am really looking forward to seeing you grow in your craft and become successful. I'll be able to say I knew you when......

      Great job Sis!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Christy - indeed! These are so much fun! Thank you for coming by. Ocean Diatoms is one of my personal favorites, too. :) Cheers!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My fave is Ocean Diatoms! Wow, this is so cool. I can totally see why you started a site for it. I'm bookmarking so that I can play around with the images - neat! Thanks for the share

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Christin53 - hehe, thanks for coming by to another hub of mine. :) Indeed, fractal art is definitely a fun hobby. :D Thank you for your wonderful comments.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      This is really interesting I am definitely going to try this. I love taking photo's even if they are very amateurishness. I think your hub may have given me a new hobby :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Molometer - These are so fascinating!! You'll have so much fun creating them. :) I promise all your friends will be amazed. Hehe. I appreciate the votes and shares. Cheers!!

      Ruchira - Thank you! It's always wonderful to see your smile. I am so glad to be able to inspire a little creativity - it's such a great feeling. :) Hubhugs!

      Vicki - Big sis! Thank you for the votes and shares. You know I look up to you. You've got what it takes to be an incredible writer. Hubhugs to you!

      Vellur - Thank you so much for your kind words. I must create these daily - I crave the creative process for sure. Hubhugs!

      Stephanie - thank you for your awesome comments. OOoh, fabric designs! Awesome! That sounds wonderful! I can totally see a fractal silk scarf in my future. Hehe. You might still be able to download for Mac on that website. If I find out, I'll let you know. Hubhugs!

      Vinaya - you SHOULD publish your artwork on HubPages. We'd all want to see it! If your wonderful photography is any indication of your artistic prowess, I know you have to be amazing. :) Cheers!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Wonderful digital artworks. I also love creating digital art on photoshop. Maybe I should publish some of my artworks on hubpages.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Your fractal art is fabulous! The designs are wonderful on their own merit, but I could also envision them as fabric designs...I'd love a "Glory Days" silk scarf! BTW, I checked out your store, and the products are beautiful! I use a Mac, so I don't think the program you use will work for me, but I'll have to check around...I'd love to try fractal art! Voted up and fabulous! Shared!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      WOW awesome and creative, way to go. Fantastic creations. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC, so this is what you've been doing. I'm so impressed that you figured all this out. So you use Gimp and ChaosPro--and both are free. Dang--that looks so fun! way to go, sis! Many votes!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      cyndi...as mentioned earlier. I LOVE this art and you have done a FAN-tastic job.

      I will try to get this software and be a little creative. Thanks for the inspiration and many votes and sharing it across

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love these fractals, haven't seen any in years. Thanks for reminding me of these wonderful images created from simple maths.

      Must get a copy of the generator too.

      Voted up and 4/5 buttons. Sharing.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hi, Rose! Thanks for comin' by! This is indeed so much fun. I'm actually waiting on a fractal to finish computing as I type this. This art stuff is so much fun! I'm so glad to be doing this (and writing) full time. It's wonderful! :D

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - thank you so much. :) Between your pictures and my fractals we're rockin' the imagery in the digital world. Hehe. Thanks again!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you for sharing your art and fractal software resources with us! It looks like a fascinating process to create the fractals.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very, very impressive! I had never heard of fractals until now. Great work, Cindy!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teaches - Indeed! The possibilities are endless with this art from. I love it. Thanks so much for coming by! Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Shea - thanks so much for stopping by. :O)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Wow, the imagery on this is beautiful! I know some creative minds that would really enjoy this type of art form. Thanks for sharing this method with us.

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      beautiful and interesting. wow!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Samsons1 - what a cool comment! Thank you so much. :) I'm going for it. I aim to really do well with my artwork. :D

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      So beautiful and inspiring. What talent and ingenuity. Voted up and useful, 'you go girl'...

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      DeborahNeyens - ah, yes, sometimes we don't know where we will find inspiration, but when and where we do, I think it's best to just "run with it." Hehe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving feedback. Many hubhugs to you! :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Paririeprincess - awesome! I intentionally read your mind. hehe. No really, thanks for stopping by and indeed, I only was able to get a tip of the iceberg into this hub. There is a lot to it, but it doesn't take much to start coming up with an image. The artistic part, too, is really coming up with an image that is pleasing to the eye - one of my favorite parts of the process. Thanks for your wonderful feedback. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Movie Master - I am so thrilled you stopped by. Now we can inspire each other! Hehehe. It really is so much fun to experiment and try different things, isn't it? Thank you for the votes and shares - indeed, I can't thank you enough for the inspiration. :D Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Yay, Fennelseed! In GIMP, they do start as my own images and then morph into the fractals. In ChaosPro they start out from a formula. Thank you for your feedback and I'm so glad you enjoyed and are inspired by this. :) Thanks for the votes, too. Happy hubbing AND fractalling.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      This is really cool, Cyndi. I loved Movie Master's dandelion hub and think it is wonderful how you were so inspired by it you created these designs and even your own store. I'm impressed.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      I was just looking for information about this very thing and here you went and wrote this hub. Brilliant! Reading your hub once will not be enough, though, I see that I will have to study this!

      I love your art pieces. So fascinating! It's so cool to see math applied to art. We don't often see how the two are related. Great job!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cindy, what a wonderful feeling to know that I have inspired you!

      I was excited about the kaleidoscope effect and have wanted to experiment more with different ideas, as usual I struggle to find the time!

      Now I can't wait to try all your ideas and you have inspired me!

      'Glory Daze' is my favourite.

      I will add a link to here from my dandelion hub.

      A fabulous hub - thank you Cindy, a big vote up from me and sharing.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      This is inspiring indeed!!! Love your beautiful images, did they start as an image of your own, like Lesley's dandelions?? or ar they totally computer generated? I voted for 2 images, but easily have voted all of them as my favs!! Excellent hub sharing fascinating information and inspiration. Thank you cclitgirl, my votes to you and sharing.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Joanveronica - hey there! You teach math in Chile, right? Awesome! I never knew fractals could be so beautiful either until I discovered all this. Now, it's one of my passions. :D Thanks so much for stopping by. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - yeah, it's a really cool filter. It's down on the "maps" and also the "render" tab. Thank you for your feedback. I'm definitely having fun with these. :) Cheers!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Beautiful, and so interesting! I'm a Math teacher, and I had never imagined fractals could turn out so beautiful! Thank for sharing this, I love color and intricate shapes!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've been using GIMP all this time and did not know this was available. Thanks for the heads-up. Wonderful work, by the way. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      tillsontitan - indeed they are mesmerizing, huh? I just love these! I've spent the afternoon making more and tweaking them.

      I know what you mean about the math. I admit, I could make myself do the math if I wanted to, but it's SO much more fun letting the program do the math for me and render the images so I can apply my own artistic prowess to them. THAT'S the really fun part. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Audra! Great to see you. Thank you for your feedback. It's really fun to see what different people like. It's fun making up the titles - I just go with instinct on that one. :D Thank you for the votes and hubhugs to you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Kelley - thank you. :) How fun would it be for both of you to work on your respective fractals? hehe. Thank you so much for the votes and pins. :D Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      CW - wow! That's great! They're fun, aren't they? Cheers to digital art! You'll have to share your creations sometime. :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I've never quite looked at fractal in this way, always associating them with Math which was never my favorite subject (don't let my math teacher daughter hear that).

      MovieMaster's dandelions were stunning and so are your fractals. The colors and patterns are mesmerizing! I may just have to give them a try!

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      These images are splendid! I love "Spinning Spines" and "Stripe Time"! They have great titles and art pieces! I am glad you are spending time and making thse works! Love this article too! Voted up !!!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is beautiful Cyndi! I've never heard of this but after reading this fantastic hub you have sparked my interest. My oldest son and I could get lost creating these types of images. Loved it! Voted up, beautiful, and Pinned! Kelley

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Hey that's so cool! Thanks for informing about ChaosPro. I've downloaded a copy for myself and have already had a great time making fractals.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Margie! I'll go add Dactyl Fractyl. Hehe. Yes, I will be happy to "show" you. :D Cool - thanks so much for comin' by!! Hugs and I hope you have a wonderful day!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Clevercat - cool! I love the idea of a fractal calendar. I'm in the works for making one. They're mesmerizing, aren't they? Hehe. The fact that there's an organic side to them makes it all that much more appealing to me. Thank you so much! Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      ishwaryaa22 - I'm thrilled that you want to give it a try. Go for it! The images are so fun and even if I wanted to, I can't really recreate an image - they're all new and unique. I definitely love the colors and all the possibilities. :) Thank you so much for sharing. Many thanks and hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      TT - indeed! I LOVE fractals! I appreciate your feedback. I intend to create lots more. :) Have a wonderful day! Hubhugs.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Shesabutterfly - thanks so much! I definitely am having a LOT of fun. Fractals are still new to me in many ways because I know the possibilities are endless. :D Thanks for the shares, too. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tammy - In fact, I have coasters made! They're at my Zazzle store. :) Hehe. Great minds I tell ya. Thanks for comin' by! Hubhugs and have a creative day!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mary - thanks so much for your kind words and comments. The link to Movie Master's hubs are at the top of the page. :) I'm definitely VERY interested in this and I can't wait to explore even more to see what images I can come up with - such possibilities. Thank you for sharing, too. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Suzie - thanks so much! It's really so much fun. I'm glad the artist in you is interested. Go for it! :) Thanks for coming by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Rajan - thanks for stopping by! Yes, the image possibilities are limitless, especially if you use other programs to modify them. :) Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Margie 5 years ago

      I'm still a little baffled on exactly how you are creating these beautiful pictures..... More the reason for us to get together so you can "show" and explain to me. Are you taking a picture, then manipulating the imagine using math equations? All are very intriguing. It was hard selecting only one favorite. Dactyr Fractyl wasn't on the list! Was a toss up between that one and Odyssey.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful hub, and terrific pics! I remember I had a fractal calendar when I was in college, and they are so easy to become immersed in. I had no idea about the organic side of fractals (ferns, fire, etc.) and so you have definitely reinvigorated my love of these beautiful "art" pieces. Thank you! Voted beautiful.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! An informative hub with visually attractive pictures! Like you, I am very fond of art and even indulged in artwork. This so-called latest art by the name of fractal imagery sounds exciting and interesting! I would like to give it a try. Your creations are uniquely beautiful. I see why this is your obsession...it is indeed fun playing with colors, patterns and all! I voted Ocean diatoms. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      CC, you can definitely tell you enjoyed discovering fractals! I had an ex that was borderline obsessed with fractals. :) You have created some beautiful artwork. Keep up the great works! VUMS,

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Awesome hub! I love the full size pictures , you have created some absolutely beautiful photos. A great informative read, thanks for sharing this art form. Voted up, shared, and bookmarked for later!:)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an outstanding hub with some stunning examples. This art is just so beautiful. As a crafter I can imagine some great possibilities for this art, especially coasters. Thanks for introducing us to this art!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This is one of the most informative and beautiful Hubs I read in a while. I remember reading Movie Master's Hub on the Dandelions and marveling at how she did that. May I suggest you link the Hub she wrote into this one for easy reference back to hers?

      This Hub just shows what can be done if a person is really interested in the subject and make an effort as you certainly have.

      I voted this UP and will certainly share the beauty.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      What a fascinating hub! Would love to get into this. All new to me I have to say but the artist in me is definitely hooked! Great article and thanks rajan for sharing on. Have voted across and also sharing ccllitgirl :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Cyndi, this fractal imagery is something totally new to me but awesome with maybe unlimited possibilities of images and fun. Your creations highlighted here are awesome.

      Greatly interesting hub. Up all the way and shared.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Christina!! HUGS! Thanks so much for your feedback. I appreciate you. Indeed, these fractals are mesmerizing and so much fun. I definitely enjoy creating them and making unique images. Thanks again! Hubhugs and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Oh, this looks so fun! And so beautiful too! I can imagine that it is possible to become totally captured by creating photos like this, so I think I have to leave it for now:) I will remember it though and save it for later. I am so glad you shared your new passion, the article is both beautiful and interesting! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and shared