|When most people think of digital art the first thing that comes to mind is web graphics because of the increasing popularity of the web. However, there are many forms of digital art and one of my favorites is fractal art. This is one type of digital art that, in my opinion, is a true art form. |
Fractal art is created using a graphic software program that can generate images based on mathematical formulas. The fractal artist creates an image by supplying the "coordinates" for these formulas and the program then generates the "seed" image based on these coordinates. From this beginning or seed image the artist manipulates layer upon layer of color, texture, transparency and illumination. She also uses several digital art features such as transformations, merge modes and masks. Fractal art is truly a composition of color, visual textures, shading and illumination. Fractal artists produce their artwork for both traditional and non-traditional uses. Many fractal artists hang their artwork in shows and exhibitions; and use their artwork in other traditional ways such as calendars, note cards, CD and book covers, posters and prints. Of course now that we have the web these artists are also producing artwork for e-cards, screensavers, desktop wallpaper and more. The following are some of my favorite fractal artists.