Welcome to the second edition of Meet the Fractal community !
In few words, Meet the Fractal Community is a bi-monthly interview with an artist of our beloved fractal community.
This week let's have a closer look to ~piethein21 !
Hey ~piethein21! how are you today ? Not too stressed about this interview ?
Hey I'm fine today. I'm not stressed at all. It takes a lot to stress me out. Sometimes it would be helpfull to be stressed out. Sometimes on exams I worry not enough and don't pay attention to the test enough. I'm jabbering already I hope it would not be too much for you to read all my nonsense.
First of all, please introduce yourself to the community.
Ok. I'm piethein21 I study in Delft and I'm living in Delft too (only 2 weeks now). I study applied mathematics and hoping to finish my master in 2,5 years from now. As a hobby I cycle (but only in the summer when its not too cold outside). Another hobby of me is playing guitar. I started playing guitar when I was 10 or so (I'm now 23). I've played a lot of Spanish stuff (having a Spanish guitar) but when I was 19 I got my electric guitar. Now I'm playing all kinds of stuff. The most recent song I've done is "Whole lotta love". Besides cycling and playing guitar I also make fractals (as you might have noticed). This eats a lot of my time too. To make some money I work at a supermarket on Saturday In the near future I hope to sell more fractals to be part of my income. (I've recently sold some pieces which really made me happy. Also because other people are so happy with it).
How did you discover deviantART ?
Well I was into ms paint for a long time (that started as a joke but after a while I made some crazy stuff ... not good looking but just crazy lol). I posted those pieces on an online free website but after a while my free space was full (it was a site for photo's mainly but oh well). So somehow I came on deviantART and used it as a database for my mspaint stuff.
Then I figured deviantART was actually a community.
And fractals, what about fractals ? How did you discover them and start to create them ?
I wanted to improve my digital artistic skills so I bought a tablet and downloaded lots of programs including Apophysis. I found out about the aposhack and you can guess the rest. I already knew what fractals in the mathematical sense was but couldn't guess it was evolved the way it did.
Why do you so much love fractals ?
They are visually so fascinating and appealing I'm still surprised of how much is possible There is so much fun in making them (everyone that makes fractals knows why).
What's your favorite tool of trades and why ?
Apophysis if that is the question. I've tried mandelbulb several times but it was too technical for me and most of the time I don't like the mandelbulb look (some mandelbulb guys are so awesome even I like them but those are rare occassions). It's just a matter of taste.
For UltraFractal I do like the looks but still I like Apophysis looks the most. Also I don't want to learn a new program since there is still so much undiscovered stuff in Apo. In perspective of that I might never get off Apophysis lol.
What are your favorite kind of fractals ?
That really depends on my mood. I truly like abstract pieces when they are done right. The more structured pieces are more approachable sometimes. Its just like food. Abstract is beef (very delicious but not right to eat every day) and structured is like pasta (nice but sometimes you want something else). Recently I'm trying to cook beef with pasta and hoping some nice dinner will come out (yum).
If you have to choose only one fractal in your gallery which one would it be and why ?
Such a hard question. But without wining too much I would say "loonie tribute" which is an ode to loonie.
My most beloved plugin. I have it on my wall in my old bedroom and planning to move it to my new one. So I can look at it every day.
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 ?
Hard question. Mostly because how would I know if I was the last one standing in the world? Then I must have contact with the second last man/woman in the world (probably a man cause if it was a woman I could repopulate and would never reach the status of being last man in the world). And then at the point he/she dies I have to think of something to do. It would probably not be chess because that would take 2 persons in the world. Maybe I'll do a home course of how to fly a plane and then travel to wherever I want. I would try to locate the guitars of Eric Clapton and play on them. Oh and when I'm on it anyway I would try to find the ones of Mark Knopfer, Slash, Santana and Jimmy Hendrix as well.
I would travel to Italy to get some ice cream (if it isnt melted already... maybe I should do that at first). I would track down Lance Armstrongs "yellow jersey". Put it on and cycle into Paris cheering and clapping for myself.
Then when I'm there I would pee while standing on the Eiffel Tower (not because of disrespect but it might be fun). Oh and I also might try to "drive" a submarine. Put shelves in it and fire them. Blowing things up would be high on the list in general I suppose. After that I would be bored I think and die feeling lonely and abandoned.
And you, what could you say about him?
" ~piethein21 knows the math behind apo,which has helped him to explain xaos to a lot of deviants in the fractal community, also is
doing great tutorials for beginner to advanced fractalist "
i a lot of his work, but this one is so particular Piet is well known amongst fractal community - his talent grew tremendously from simpler Apo compositions to "wonders" filled with patterns, textures and very clever use of blur.
gallery is filled with many examples of innovative approach to creating intricate images in Apophysis fractal software we all grew to like and see in deviantART Fractal Art category (and not only).
I have many favorites in Piets' gallery and one of them I would like to introduce to you a bit closer"
" pushed is a great example of taking fractal art to blur the line between art and math, which creates the picture. Will it be pushed to condense the pixels or pushing liquid forming a tidal wave is up to your perception of the image. Wonderful blend of earth tones, water turning to misty density, the quality of detailed zoom-in view projecting a perfect abstraction. I should also mention well chosen title, which is not as rare in rest of Piets' works, some are fun, some are puzzles and some draw you to stop by and have a closer look. I would really suggest to all deviants to have a walk in ~piethein21 gallery and have some fun finding new faves & comments. This fractal genius gets "Fiery seal of fun-tastic fractal works"
I hope you guyz enjoy this article and are ready for the next one !
Have fun and stay devious