Welcome to the third edition of Meet the Fractal community !
In few words, Meet the Fractal Community is be a bi-monthly interview with an artist of our beloved fractal community.
This week let's have a closer look to *bib993 !
Hey ! *bib993 how are you today ? Not too stressed about this interview ?
Thank you very much for this opportunity. I’m fine, thank you.
First of all , please introduce yourself to the community.
My name is Jérémie Brunet, I live in Paris, France, and I work in the enterprise software industry.
How did you discover deviantART ?
I joined DeviantArt about a year ago. I had discovered it via the fractalforums.com community.
And fractals, what about fractals ? How did you discover them and start to create them ?
I had 3 fractal periods in my life.
My father bought me the seminal book “The Beauty of Fractals” by Peitgen and Richter when I was around 13, in the late 80’s. I was instantly hooked, especially by the zoom sequence into the Mandelbrot set, and also by the splendid black & white pics. Later I started to look for fractal software on the Amiga, but it was too slow! I did a few hand drawings, and my interest for fractals slowly faded away. My second fractal period started when I got my first PC in the late 90’s.
I tried Ultrafractal 2 and I was hooked again, because I was now able to zoom in the Mandelbrot set almost in real time! I had a lot of fun, like with gaming for example, with a special plus: a combination of mathematics and digital design that was very interesting to boost creativity. I started to understand the artistic potential, but I stepped away again from fractals for a few years. Then, about 3 years ago, I wondered if my hand drawings had been discovered before.
I found fractalforums, asked the question, and that was the start of my 3rd fractal period. By chance, it was the time when the Mandelbulb was progressively being discovered, programmed, and explored. In the beginning I was using Dave Makin’s Mandelbulb formula for Ultrafractal and I quickly switched to Mandelbulb3D.
What's your favorite tool of trades and why ?
Mandelbulb3D is my favorite. I like many things about it: ease of use, speed, flexibility, stability, render style... I know a few things about Ultra Fractal too, but I don't use it a lot anymore. I have also tried Apophysis and a few others like Incendia or Fragmentarium, but I did not spend enough time to produce anything decent.
What are your favorite kind of fractals ?
This is somehow related to the program you use. For me it's the Mandelbulb/Mandelbox kind. There are so many combinations that it really depends on my mood. I am especially fascinated by the Mandelbox and all the possible variants and hybrids that produce sorts of organic 3D Apollonian packings and other spheres or entangled trees. But I also appreciate a more mechanical/futuristic style from time to time. Recently I followed the trend and tried the so called Amazing Surface and, yes, it IS amazing!
If you have to choose only one fractal in your gallery which one would it be and why ?
Tough question. I would say: always the latest one, because I do my best to innovate and make something different each time.
But If you allow me to choose two of them, that would be the “3D burning ship”
and the “Underwater amazing object”
Do you have some tips for new comers in the fractal art world ?
It really depends on what you are looking for, but in general I think it is important to balance theory and practice. There are several good sites and videos that explain the different types of fractals and how they are calculated and rendered. One should try to understand what the Mandelbrot set is, its history, its main properties, and to acquire some basic notions about chaos theory, attractors, etc...Theory can become very useful to accelerate the software learning process. But even without theory it is fun to try several different software packages, there is a wide range of choice and the main ones have many tutorials. Then you can select your favorite one depending essentially on the style of fractals you like best, in order to improve your skills, intuition, and spend more time in experimentation and exploration rather than only following tutorials.
I've got one more question for you... if you were the last one standing in the world, what would be the first thing you would do ?
I would think about Will Smith
I hope you guyz enjoy this article and are ready for the next one !
Have fun and stay devious