Black and White Fractals That Capture Creativity


Everyday we see objects consisting of one, two, and three dimensions. By incorporating mathematics with design, the outcome of computer generated fractals is based upon complexity, creativity and perception.

By removing the beautiful array of colors we typically see in fractals at these finer magnifications, the manipulation of fractional dimensions with the black & white designs offers a different perspective of aesthetically appealing images.

Black and White Fractals That Capture Creativity





Junior Mclean5












One Tough One17






Michele Dessureault23


Peter Jakubowicz25








Kathy Roth33




Charles Vassallo37






Tom Wilcox43


Dr. Joseph Trotsky45


Peter Jakubowicz47


Fractal Ken49






Peter Jakubowicz55


Ray Montgomery57




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  1. 1

    Yes, you are right… and it is great designs.. Thanks for posting.

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    some of them like ‘MrsMagooWannab’ I think are really good, but others just puzzle me and I cannot see the art in them.

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    Looks like something I’d buy at a 99 cent store. And it would come framed.

    I’ve never seen collection so completely uninspiring in my life.

  5. 5

    Absolutely stunning!

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    Sorry, I have to agree with Jeff, a rare miss.

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    Hasan Tayyar BEŞİK

    April 26, 2009 11:44 pm

    Great, and “Unknown” is interesting one.

    The first one has purple color :)

  8. 8

    Don’t like Fractals. Sorry.

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    I really hate things that look like this. sorry!!!

  11. 12

    Mmm. Not for me.

  12. 13

    Definitely some great designs.

    I would like to see
    the next development
    in the evaluation of these or
    other ideas with colours added.

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    April 27, 2009 1:11 am

    I am a bit surprised to see this entry on SM, but .. it’s still a good read and I got introduced to some new artists and web sites. I have yet to find the end of the Internet ;)

  14. 15

    Thanks great design

  15. 16

    i never liked fractals…the first is decent though…

  16. 17

    I think some of them aren’t really fractals, for instance the first and third “Unknown”.

    Nice article though.

    • 18

      That one was done using a plastic script, that was an earlier work I did once , actually got sold as a large print, I can see why ppl don’t have an eye for anything.

  17. 19

    I thought fractals went out of fashion in the late 90s! Most either look dated or dull. A lot could be made be made by someone messing up an abstract tutorial, I’ve made some stuff that would be better then some of these that way!

    Julean McLean, Coolheart (especially), Lynn and the Unknown underneath that are pretty sweet. But on the whole its a bit meh, some are really bad. The only saving grace is that being black and white its less nauseating to look at. Sorry to be mean, but… well.

  18. 20

    Looks like an off-topic to me. Anyway, if you are interested in Math you’ll like it.

  19. 21

    I love black &white fractals…find them very inspiring.

  20. 22

    Quite good.Some of them could be the computational interpretations of Chaos theory.

  21. 23

    this is some freaking nerdy ugly sh*t

  22. 24

    What a boring day…

  23. 25

    I have seen Fractal art before and love the work on the whole. In this collection “lapurr” is my favorite. I must admit that color enhances the images greatly. “lapurr” would be truly spectacular in color. Thanks for sharing.

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    Pure Cheeeeese!


  25. 27

    Awful! Really, I truly love this site and this is the laziest and least inspiring post I have ever seen. Anywhere.
    Fractals have to be done really well if they are worth the time otherwise (like these) they look like lazy 90s trance flyers.

  26. 28

    Um… a Mandelbrot set? Can you honestly put “Unknown” on that? :P

  27. 29

    I guess all the people who hate these things probably don’t understand the exact process behind them or why they say something profound about the universe. :3

    • 30

      You are the smartest one so far who has said something that is of the obvious, sadly these minds are too closed up, only because it’s black and white and not in color.

  28. 31

    Capture Creativity? That is one of the dumbest titles I have seen in weeks. It reads like those insufferable flickr comments.

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    Leland Clemmons

    April 27, 2009 3:26 pm

    Odd topic choice, kinda cool I suppose.

  30. 33

    I love working with black and white gradients with my fractals. I agree that the creativity factor is ramped up a bit when the gradient is minimal.

    Nice collection of fractals!

  31. 34

    I can’t believe so many people find these designs boring. I think these are the coolest things ever.

  32. 35

    Thanks for featuring my artwork!

  33. 36

    Fractals are a mathematical marvel. It amazes me that simple mathematics can produce such images (yes, I know complex numbers are involved, but they’re simple formulae using complex numbers).

    The mathematics produces the beauty. It doesn’t need any input from a human. To me, human intervention detracts from the innate beauty of fractals.

    I’m sorry, but the images which appealed to me were the more organic ones. The revelation of fractals was that mathematics can do that.

  34. 37

    Wonderfull collection!!! Big thanx!

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    Dainis Graveris

    April 28, 2009 3:06 am

    thank You for featuring 2 of my articles as well!! Greetings from 1stwebdesigner!

  36. 39

    Worst collection yet. How the hell am i supposed to use these as a web designer?

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    I think it’s an error to say the colours were removed to make these monochrome images. Fractals don’t intrinsically have colours.

    Fractals are generated by iterative algorithms and colour is usually employed to show how many iterations were involved. The number and choice of colours is entirely up to the person who created the graphics software.

    Many of the comments here have been negative. Maybe ‘more colour’ is equated with ‘more beautiful’

  38. 41

    high-school… beads and incence. =P

  39. 42

    great….looks really nice.

  40. 43

    Really a wierd article … don’t like odd looking fractals that remind me of a has been metal bands… with bad tattos

  41. 44

    Interesting images…gets my mind moving.

  42. 45

    It looks like those kpt fractal filters converted to grayscale. Seriously, these images could do anything but “capture creativity”

  43. 46

    one or two of these might be considered “different than the normal hippie fractal”, but capturing creativity? Hardly.

    99% of these just look like fractals made grayscale.

    #6 looks like the only fractal that was utilized into something halfway interesting.

    Nah, screw it… these all suck.

  44. 47

    some lovely fractal art — a reminder that the ultimate mystery of fractals such as the Mandelbrot lies not in the colours or even in the swirly patterns, but in the nature of the border between the points which lie within the set and the points which escape to infinity

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    The fractal labeled as Mad1er was phished from It’s really disappointing to see that someone would take anything from a page like Mad1er’s and call it art. I made the original fractal, which you can see here:here It is admittedly one of my more abstract, and in this case, less creative works. It wasn’t supposed to be monochrome, either, but coffee-colored. If someone had asked, I could have provided much better examples to suit this article. I hope next time you folks take on a complex subject like this, you can do an appropriate amount of research first.

  47. 50

    It’s a little late, but you otter change the attribution on the stolen image. rb

  48. 51

    great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanks for posting……

  49. 52

    This is thre first time, I have ever came here and seeing such good work in the form of fractals, alot of negative posts tell me that ppl are closed up and narrow minded, if your smart you see that art is art in all forms if it was used in the 90’s fine but be creative and stop putting other down.

    No wonder some not all are so stupid.

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