Inspiration From My Dad

My Dad has been creating fractal art for several years. Now that he’s semi-retired, he can devote more time to it, and it’s exciting to see his artistic style evolve. I often look at his fractal designs for inspiration, and have used them as backgrounds in my graphic design and websites. I was excited to create a website at DDA with multiple images of his. His fractal art has also been used as a book cover, in cross-stitch patterns, and displayed in museums.

Many people first became familiar with fractal art when it became popular several years ago and was displayed at kiosks in the center of malls. Relegated to the realm of something novel, it just didn’t have the respect of “fine art,” and was rarely displayed in museums. Similar to the history of photography, which was also not considered a fine art, fractal art has started to appear in museums. I think this is largely due to enthusiasts who’ve changed people’s perception.

Fractal artists don’t simply generate images by plugging mathematical formulas into a fractal program. Like my dad, people who are good at math create their own mathematical formulas for specific effects, and then they import the result into sophisticated programs similar to Photoshop (they’re often written by the artists themselves). Photoshop’s user interface hides the math, but fractal programs let you see more of it so you can fine tune the variables more easily. Then they manipulate the image, changing the color, texture, enhancing it with multiple layers, and on and on. The results can be completely abstract or very realistic, painterly or geometrical.

Thanks Dad for inspiring my blog today!

Fractal Art