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.
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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 Circle The play of colors is remarkable.
Water Lilies These fractal flames were created by Roger Johnston and are an “extension of the iterated function system class of fractals”.
Dec 31 Apophysis 1 Julian Bilateral.
Quantum Fabric A pure fractal flame by Cory Ench.
Nabdrux An abstract piece of art by mailart-org.
Squidswirl2b1 A swirly beauty.
Peter Sdobnov’s Treasure in 3D
Keith Mackay’s Butterflies
Peter Sdobnov’s Cataclysm
Bobrobon’s The Human Abstract
Eye of the storm The infinity strikes again.
xNight’s Chaotic Love
Cygx1’s The Awakening III - Rebirth
Micheal Faber’s Counter Spin III
LaPurr’s Subtle Masking
Subcarrier’s Tales from the Trip
Chris Martin’s Gift Box Marble - Festive Spirit
Katryna Wade’s Phoenix Heart Be Reborn
Chris Martin’s Strawberry Fields Forever
Dirk Monteny’s Cubik Olympic
Grinagog’s Curling Conks
Silverb’s The Icon of Hecate
Morgan Chase’s Cosmic Carnival
Zooreka UF 109 Project Purple Parasite
AsaLegault’s Polka Dot Explosion
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The last click goes out to a spectacular example of artistic will and ingenuity as demonstrated by Ramiro Perez 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.
- Incendia The fractal program developed by Ramiro Perez, available free for download
- Apophysis A freeware fractal flame editor for Windows
- Fractal World Gallery 188 beautiful fractal art pictures, created by Cory Ench.
- Fractal Art: Complex and Beautiful Color Inspiration A showcase of 20 Beautiful Fractal Artworks
- Fractal Food This is so visually stunning an object that on first encounter it’s hard to imagine you’re looking at a garden vegetable rather than an alien artefact created with molecular nanotechnology.
- Flickr Fractal Group