35 Phenomenal Fractal Art Pictures

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In the realm of digital art, so many wonderful and playful genres exist that stimulate the imagination, but so few do it with the intricate style of fractal art. Fractal art is achieved through the mathematical calculations of fractal objects being visually displayed, with the use of self-similar transforms that are generated and manipulated with different assigned geometric properties to produce multiple variations of the shape in continually reducing patterns. Sounds extremely technical and not that artistic, true, but these equations create some of the most mesmerizing and inspiring artwork to emerge from the digital art arena.

In this edition of our Monday Inspiration series, we look at awe-inspiring examples of the dynamic digital art sensation that is fractal art with 50 Phenomenal Fractal Art Renders. Setting across the vast sea of cyberspace to find these works was such an amazing task as so many fantastic pieces surfaced. Here are scaled-down versions of some of the most breathtaking ones that were uncovered, though the full-sized versions (linked through the image) offer a much more spectacular view of these mathematical masterpieces.

35 Beautiful Fractal Art Pictures

A Colorful Circle1
The play of colors is remarkable.

Fractal Screenshot2

Dot Dot Dot3
Created by Lynn ON VACATION (Gracie’s mom)4.

Fractal Screenshot5

Ring of fire6
Created by Carl Jones7.

Fractal Screenshot8

Experiment 109 – Fractals9
Created by Lynn ON VACATION10.

Fractal Screenshot11

I sleep only to dream of you12
Created by longan drink13.

Fractal Screenshot14

Water Lilies15
These fractal flames were created by Roger Johnston and are an “extension of the iterated function system class of fractals”.

Fractal Screenshot16

Dec 31 Apophysis 117
Julian Bilateral.

Fractal Screenshot18

Fractal Screenshot19

Fractal Screenshot20

Fractal Screenshot21

Fractal Screenshot22

Quantum Fabric23
A pure fractal flame by Cory Ench.

Fractal Screenshot24

Nabdrux25
An abstract piece of art by mailart-org.

Fractal Screenshot26

Grape Jelly Nebula27

Fractal Screenshot28

Squidswirl2b129
A swirly beauty.

Fractal Screenshot30

Silwenka’s31
Gloris

Gloris32

Peter Sdobnov’s3733
Treasure in 3D

Treasure in 3D34

Keith Mackay’s35
Butterflies

Butterflies 236

Peter Sdobnov’s3733
Cataclysm

Cataclysm38

Bobrobon’s39
The Human Abstract

The Human Abstract40

Eye of the storm41
The infinity strikes again.

Fractal Screenshot42

xNight’s43
Chaotic Love

Chaotic Love44

Cygx1’s45
The Awakening III – Rebirth

The Awakening III Rebirth46

Micheal Faber’s47
Counter Spin III

Counter Spin III48

LaPurr’s49
Subtle Masking

Subtle Masking50

Subcarrier’s6351
Tales from the Trip

Tales from the Trip52

Chris Martin’s5753
Gift Box Marble – Festive Spirit

Gift Box Marble Festive Spirit54

Katryna Wade’s55
Phoenix Heart Be Reborn

Phoenix Heart Be Reborn56

Chris Martin’s5753
Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever58

Dirk Monteny’s59
Cubik Olympic

Cubik Olympic60

Grinagog’s61
Curling Conks

Curling Conks62

Subcarrier’s6351
Decay

Decay64

Silverb’s65
The Icon of Hecate

The Icon of Hecate66

Morgan Chase’s67
Cosmic Carnival

Cosmic Carnival68

Zooreka69
UF 109 Project Purple Parasite

UF-109 Project Purple Parasite70

AsaLegault’s71
Polka Dot Explosion

Polka Dot Explosion72

Last Click

Furnace73

The last click goes out to a spectacular example of artistic will and ingenuity as demonstrated by Ramiro Perez74 in a stunning work produced with the fractal program that he himself created. His desire to create such phenomenal work is alone inspiration enough, but throw in his incredible artwork, and he’s practically unstoppable.

Resources

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/475765425/in/set-72157594312431072/
  2. 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/475765425/in/set-72157594312431072/
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/1388454656/in/set-72157594312431072/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/1388454656/in/set-72157594312431072/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/_belial/2198025629/sizes/o/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/people/_belial/
  8. 8 http://flickr.com/photos/_belial/2198025629/sizes/o/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/267466119/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/apophysis_rocks/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/267466119/
  12. 12 http://flickr.com/photos/longan_drink/289130767/sizes/l/
  13. 13 http://flickr.com/people/longan_drink/
  14. 14 http://flickr.com/photos/longan_drink/289130767/sizes/l/
  15. 15 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277.html?tag=gald
  16. 16 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277.html?tag=gald
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickyates/339731969/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickyates/339731969/
  19. 19 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277-4.html
  20. 20 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277-7.html
  21. 21 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277-13.html
  22. 22 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277-14.html
  23. 23 http://www.enchgallery.com/fractals/fractalpages/quantum%20fabric.htm
  24. 24 http://www.enchgallery.com/fractals/fractalpages/quantum%20fabric.htm
  25. 25 http://mailart-org.deviantart.com/art/nabdrux-95631822
  26. 26 http://mailart-org.deviantart.com/art/nabdrux-95631822
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/2557660280/sizes/l/in/set-72157594312431072/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/2557660280/sizes/l/in/set-72157594312431072/
  29. 29 http://www.freaky-fractals.com/index.php?page=shop/flypage&image=Squidswirl2b1&offset=&sortby=
  30. 30 http://www.freaky-fractals.com/index.php?page=shop/flypage&image=Squidswirl2b1&offset=&sortby=
  31. 31 http://silwenka.deviantart.com/
  32. 32 http://silwenka.deviantart.com/art/Gloris-37146734
  33. 33 http://zueuk.deviantart.com/
  34. 34 http://zueuk.deviantart.com/art/Treasure-in-3D-61911679
  35. 35 http://idreamincolor.com/
  36. 36 http://segami.deviantart.com/art/Butterflies-2-27959382
  37. 37 http://zueuk.deviantart.com/
  38. 38 http://zueuk.deviantart.com/art/Cataclysm-64460522
  39. 39 http://bobrobon.deviantart.com/
  40. 40 http://bobrobon.deviantart.com/art/The-Human-Abstract-60929498
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/barabeke/335978794/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/barabeke/335978794/
  43. 43 http://xnight.deviantart.com/
  44. 44 http://xnight.deviantart.com/art/Chaotic-Love-38825540
  45. 45 http://cygx1.deviantart.com/
  46. 46 http://cygx1.deviantart.com/art/The-awakening-III-Rebirth-37488927
  47. 47 http://michaelfaber.deviantart.com/
  48. 48 http://michaelfaber.deviantart.com/art/Counter-Spin-III-41420525
  49. 49 http://lapurr.deviantart.com/
  50. 50 http://lapurr.deviantart.com/art/Subtle-Masking-49007291
  51. 51 http://subcarrier.deviantart.com/
  52. 52 http://subcarrier.deviantart.com/art/Tales-from-the-Trip-69588811
  53. 53 http://velvet--glove.deviantart.com/
  54. 54 http://velvet--glove.deviantart.com/art/Gift-Box-Marble-Festive-Spirit-69003818
  55. 55 http://fanficbug.deviantart.com
  56. 56 http://fanficbug.deviantart.com/art/Phoenix-Heart-Be-Reborn-48730017
  57. 57 http://velvet--glove.deviantart.com/
  58. 58 http://velvet--glove.deviantart.com/art/Strawberry-Fields-Forever-65502395
  59. 59 http://digitalpainters.deviantart.com/art/Cubik-Olympic-17436720
  60. 60 http://digitalpainters.deviantart.com/art/Cubik-Olympic-17436720
  61. 61 http://grinagog.deviantart.com/
  62. 62 http://grinagog.deviantart.com/art/curling-conks-96788770
  63. 63 http://subcarrier.deviantart.com/
  64. 64 http://subcarrier.deviantart.com/art/Decay-65795004
  65. 65 http://silverb.deviantart.com
  66. 66 http://silverb.deviantart.com/art/The-Icon-of-Hecate-61497023
  67. 67 http://alterren.deviantart.com
  68. 68 http://alterren.deviantart.com/art/Cosmic-Carnival-92622762
  69. 69 http://zooreka.deviantart.com/
  70. 70 http://zooreka.deviantart.com/art/UF-109-Project-Purple-Parasite-91361975
  71. 71 http://asalegault.deviantart.com/
  72. 72 http://asalegault.deviantart.com/art/Polka-Dot-Explosion-83213926
  73. 73 http://aexion.deviantart.com/art/Furnace-64157856
  74. 74 http://aexion.deviantart.com/art/Furnace-64157856
  75. 75 http://www.incendia.net
  76. 76 http://www.apophysis.org/
  77. 77 http://www.freaky-fractals.com/
  78. 78 http://www.enchgallery.com/fractals/fracthumbs.htm
  79. 79 http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2008/08/29/fractal-art-complex-and-beautiful-color-inspiration/
  80. 80 http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-33277.html?tag=gald
  81. 81 http://www.fourmilab.ch/images/Romanesco/
  82. 82 http://apophysis.deviantart.com/journal/2038750/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/groups/fractals_only/
  84. 84 http://imagersfractaldds.deviantart.com/journal/9563338/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/apophysis_rocks/collections/72157594587146595/

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  1. 1

    :/ bth I dislike fractals but nice collection

  2. 2

    cool! amazing and incredible!

  3. 3

    Woah dude.

  4. 4

    It’s beyond me how anyone could not like fractals.

    I think Manas Dichow needs a special mention here;
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/manas_dichow/2912067277/
    IMHO his fractals on Flickr are leagues above the others.

    Alice Kelley is pretty cool too. http://www.fractalus.com/cheshirecat/index.html

  5. 5

    looks good. thanks for this

    Ronald

  6. 6

    Some fractal make me dizzy. anyway, nice collection, some’re really awesome..

  7. 7
  8. 8

    Breathtakingly amazing renders!
    Congrats to all the artists @ to Robert for bringing them to our attention! WOW & thanks

  9. 9

    Wow, fractals sure look different than when I was a kid! (Remember Fractint on a 486?)

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

  10. 10

    ultimate collection!!

  11. 11

    some of these look like the visualizations from winamp, cool nonetheless

  12. 12

    Could you post a fractal tutorial sometime

  13. 13

    electricsheep.org

    some of these pics are from the generated fractals from this screensaver.

    just download the packs install, and stare at your screen for an hour!

  14. 14

    Great stuff. Very artistic.

  15. 15

    woah indeed. i like ring of fire the best!

  16. 16

    Cool impressive list!

    I love to create some generative art too.

  17. 17

    dev(Www.iHaCK.ASIA)

    October 17, 2008 7:03 pm

    Most of them really beautiful, Gonna download some of them and use as wallpaper
    http://Www.iHaCK.ASIA

  18. 18

    wow.
    I’ve allways been intrigued by fractals, but many of those are something else.
    When people start to make 3d renderings of fractal structures, and apply depth of field to fractal depths, we get some very interesting results.

    great stuff!

  19. 19

    Simply dizzy making and amazing.

    Use to be busy making them myself with simple code back in the days….

  20. 20

    so glamourous!

  21. 21

    I love what you do reminds me of finger painting when I was a child.

  22. 22

    really Excellent Collection of design

  23. 23

    Nothing spectacular about any of these. Quite boring, actually.

  24. 24

    aa there some fractals amazing on this collection, but other are poor :D

  25. 25

    Nah…. Fractals…. not my thing!

  26. 26

    Very cool!

  27. 27

    hmmm… I haven´t been taking notice of fractals recently – fractal art has come a long way since the mandelbrot spirals I used to create on my old PowerMac.

  28. 28

    nice i really love fractals!! love it!

  29. 29

    Quantum Fabric is awesome. Though I don’t really like fractals.

  30. 30

    Cool fractals, love them all!

  31. 31

    J’adore!

  32. 32

    Sadly, another poorly researched article on fractal art. Amateurish showcase at best for the most part.

  33. 33

    You can play around with the Mandelbrot fractal online with this Flash Mandelbrot Explorer. You can also download the source code too if you want to see how it works.

  34. 34

    I don’t like fractal arts.. thumbs down for this post :-(

  35. 35

    I love the “Waterlillies”. Nice use of color.

  36. 36

    I love fractal so much!

  37. 37

    Muito bom é pouco trabalho fantastico……………..

  38. 38

    Thanks for the comments and the feedback. Some of these are new to me, and I think show a nice balance of basic to more in-depth renders. It creates a sort of spectrum, if you will, and if you won’t…I’ve got nothing.

    Glad you like it, those who do. Sorry, those who don’t. Big shout out to the artists for creating such colorful and inspiring works!

  39. 39

    Thank you Robert for feature my “Alien Sphere” fractal in this great image gallery.
    Regards.
    Stefano.

  40. 40

    Friggin dope, really like the cubic olympic.

  41. 41

    Thank You
    very good

  42. 42

    Well, everyone has their own tastes, but I agree with the comment or rather question “How can someone not like fractals”? They may be manufactured, but the sheer beauty and variety of them can challenge ones’ imagination endlessly. These are stunning.

  43. 43

    Will be the art for the future.

  44. 44

    most beautiful…..stuning..(smile)

  45. 45

    Stumbled on this about a year after the fact, but I wanted to thank you for including my fractal here. I wondered where all those hits were coming from, I guess now I know! =) Some of my favorite artists are included here, and it’s rather a thrill to see myself alongside them. =D

  46. 46

    We’ve published a gallery with fractal wallpapers in momoriam to Benoit Mandelbrot http://download.chip.eu/en/Mandelbrot_7916955.html?tab=5

  47. 47

    Art is imagination transform to image that can be see by others. what ever it call is awesome cause it came in various, special and original. Let us appreciate them. it all cool!!. i love them

  48. 48

    Oh….I was researching this for academical reasons and it is quite confusing to me…..because perhaps I am not a native…..

    Anyway, it is amazing; like making arts with math!!!

  49. 49

    For more fractal images, check out the Fractal Science Kit gallery at: http://www.fractalsciencekit.com/gallery/gallery.htm

  50. 50

    Fractal art is awesome iv always liked looking at the fractal animals there really cool! :)

  51. 51

    quality stuff!

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