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Meet the Fractal Community #9

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 10:56 PM
:ahoy: Hey everybody ! 

Welcome to the ninth 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 jim373!

First of all , please introduce yourself to the community.
Hi everyone, my name is Jim Marx, I'm 59 and I live near Philadelphia in the USA.

Tell me how to call you? Do you go by your Name or an artistic pseudonym?
Most people call me Jim, certainly all of my friends do, although some other people insist on calling me by my first name which I never use and won't mention here!.

How did you discover deviantART Jim ?
Back in 2002, I was just starting to create wallpapers I felt were good enough to share with others. I searched the Internet for a site that would accept my uploads and happened across deviantArt. I was hooked instantly and have been here ever since! I've made many wonderful friends here from all over the world. It's safe to say that I am quite addicted to DA and although I have tried other sites, they just don't measure up to everything that I enjoy here at deviantART!

What is your earliest Artistic memory ?
When I was very young, my parents gave me an oil painting kit for Christmas. I must have been about 8 or 9 at the time. I painted a picture that of course drew raves from my dear Mother which started me on the path to artistic endeavor. I've always liked to draw and paint; I've also done sculpture and ceramics while in college, but my love for creating art really blossomed with the introduction of computers and digital art programs

How did you discover fractal? And why did you want to create some ?
I first discovered fractals in the early 90's when I downloaded a very basic fractal screensaver for my computer. It fascinated me and made me want to create something like that, but it wasn't until I joined DA and saw what people were creating in Apophysis and Ultra Fractal that I realized I could really make it happen.

Are you empirical or academically trained?

I took a number of art courses in college, but for everything related to the digital world, I learned from doing tutorials and studying the parameters of others which they so generously shared. 

What's your favorite tool of trades and why ?
Bryce was always my first love and I've used it since it's earliest version, but once I actually took the time to work my way through the included tutorials in Ultra Fractal, that completely took over as my favorite art program. I also love Apophysis, though I just can't quite get it to do what I picture in my mind. Mandelbulb 3D is another favorite and of course I dearly love my Photoshop!

What are your favorite kind of fractals ?
I mostly like Abstract and surrealistic artwork, so that is my main interest in making fractals.

If you have to choose only one fractal in your gallery which one would it be and why ?
That is a tough one, there are several that I especially like, but if I have to nail it down to one I guess it would be this one... 
Den of the Viper by jim373
It reminds me of the old bookcover artwork from the fantasy books I loved to read in my early years

Do you have some tips for new comers in the fractal art world ?
I would tell them to get familiar with one program that they like, do some tutorials and study the params of other artists, which is an excellent way to learn.

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 ?
Well, after screaming why? a few times, I guess I would get down to finding someplace warm to stay and something to eat, make sure the basics are covered... and then maybe take a real long walkabout! .

I hope you guyz enjoy this article and are ready for the next one in two weeks !!

Meet the fractal community #9

Welcome to the ninth 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 meet =jim373 !
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P3dy May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:s to you, my friend :D
jim373 May 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you Livia!! :D :hug:
C-91 May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to both of you! :clap: :hug:
jim373 May 6, 2013   Digital Artist
:D :hug:
wolfepaw May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous interview with a fabulous guy! Jim has always been one of my favorites! I love his work and he's a really nice guy who is always helpful and supportive to other artists. Way to go, Jim!!!
jim373 May 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you Peggi!! :D :hug:
Urus-28 May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice interview :thumbsup: as Im-not-sana said more feature would have been welcome =)
jim373 May 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
yay!!Jim is fantastic!:woohoo:
jim373 May 1, 2013   Digital Artist
:D :tighthug: :heart:
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