This week let's have a closer look to ~depaz!
Okay. I'm depaz and I'm 27, I'm currently studying and living in Valladolid, Spain. I am a reserved type of guy. I love photography, messing around with computers, and chilling out listening to music, specially downtempo music .
Tell me how to call you? Do you go by your Name or an artistic pseudonym?
I prefer to be called by my pseudonym. My pseudonym comes from my surname "de Pablos", so I feel pretty identified with it.
How did you discover deviantART ?
I've always been interested in art. Long time ago, I used to play with old versions of Photoshop to make awful designs and photomanipulations, and I eventually wanted to check tutorials and the possibilities of the program... so guess what, I ended up browsing dA, probably thanks to google or another search engine. I remember staring wide-eyed to the amount of artwork and resources that can be found here, and testing every single PS tutorial that came to my hands. At that time I also gave a try to paint shop pro, 3d studio, and to a lot of other programs... yup, I'm curious by nature, I even played with colors using qbasic, hahaha.
What is your earliest Artistic memory?
I remember myself drawing, next to the heater, lying on the floor at grandpa's home when I was just a kid, I also remember how enjoyable it was, I used to lose track of time... ending up exhausted, sleeping.
How did you discover fractal? And why did you want to create some ?
Electric Sheep screensaver hypnotized me during hours, I really wanted to know how to generate something like that, it was simply amazing. My curiosity made me end up reading about fractals. I downloaded a copy of Apophysis, and I started playing with it 24/7
Are you empirical or academically trained?
I'm 99% empirical. Imho, there are lots of things that have to be experimented, and can't be learnt academically.
What's your favorite tool of trades and why ?
Obviously Apophysis. The reason? It's powerful and does have unlimited possibilities, I always learn something new, and a stunning fractal is the best reward for me. This can be applied to other fractal programs like UF, Mandelbulb3D, XaoS, Gnofract4d, Fragmentarium... and many are pretty interesting, but I currently feel more comfortable using Apophysis, I love the looks of the resulting fractals, and as I said before, I always learn something new, so I don't feel in the need of switching. I've recently discovered Chaotica thanks to *lyc, and I know there is an editor in development. I find the project pretty interesting... it can eventually be a worthy successor.
What are your favorite kind of fractals ?
I usually prefer the most technical and intrincated ones. I like to see new patterns and ideas, imaginative stuff. I also enjoy abstract or simpler ones, when they're well made.
If you have to choose only one fractal in your gallery which one would it be and why ?
That's hard to answer, I'd choose more than one. But I'll choose Dreamland: [link]
Do you have some tips for new comers in the fractal art world ?
Only to enjoy, experiment, and learn a lot. Don't make something completely random, keep some control of it and make something truly special for you.
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 ?
Hahaha, oh well. Good question. If I wake up and I find myself alone in the world I'll firstly do all kind of crazy stuff, the kind of stuff you do because "you can, and no one can prevent/care about it", like:
*Entering in a supermarket and eating all the stuff I've never eaten, before it rots.
*Take a look to lots of secret documents
*Dancing nude inside the congress
I'll eventually notice my situation... and I'd end up doing something more logical, like:
*Living in a farm and taking care of animals and plants (if we suppose that there are still animals and plants alive)
*Building stuff I can use, any materials I could need would be at my disposal.
*Spending the rest of my life trying to find someone
*Dying of boredom (the most logical thing )