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I’d write something here normally, but looking at the void at the center of both these images just makes me feel that words are unnecessary.
I just can’t decide… which one of them do you like most?
It’s amazing to see just how much one can improve in the span of a couple of years. I recently found this old fractal in my files, and decided to update it to reflect my current skill level.
The mystery of the vortex has been in this piece right from the start though, and no amount of technical proficiency could have compensated for the lack of that. Revisiting the past reminds me of how magical the whole process felt back then. Being able to even create something at all, having complete control over this tiny universe within an editor. It was exhilarating, and my writings from that time reflect that breathlessness, the complete amazement at my newly found passion.
I’ve grown up a lot since then, but once thing I promise myself is to never lose that sense of childlike wonder. It’s the stuff life is made from.
Capturing the essence of a living being in a piece of abstract art is an incredibly difficult task. That doesn’t prevent me from trying, of course! The real point of course is connecting with the subject, rather than the final result. I’m pleased that she turned out looking so… alive.
This is a good description of my life right now. So much going on behind the scenes, so many options to explore, it overwhelms me sometimes.
My love for fractals hasn’t diminished in any way. In fact, I’m busily working on my own fractal editor, which is such an absorbing undertaking at times that I forget the reason I arrived at this point in the first place is that I’m an artist.
A strange paradox to be living in, but somehow appropriate when you consider the medium I’m working in.
I have a little announcement to make. Almost a year has passed since this blog started to exist, and I finally feel that the work I’ve been showing here is ready for something more. So I cherry-picked some of the best pieces here and put them up at my new online fine art gallery.
To properly prepare for this, I got myself a print of the most complicated image I could find, scoured over every little detail to see exactly how it looks on paper and how it needs to be adapted to create a truly great print. Using this knowledge, all of the classics were given a significant overhaul: Smoother colors, less noise and a sprinkling of little tricks and tweaks have brought them up to an entirely different level of quality.
As serendipity dictates, during september you get free US ground shipping thanks to Imagekind, the service providing this online gallery.
Check out the gallery now, and you may even find a piece or two previously unreleased
I love winter. Even during the coldest days, I can feel the life present within the trees, under the surface of the earth, waiting to come out for another year. It’s not quite time yet, but we’re getting closer.
I guess painters must really wish to have Ctrl+Z or File->Load as part of their artistic tools sometimes. Fortunately, I don’t have to wonder the same, and am free to explore diferent angles of a piece, to remake it without risk of harming the original. The above is one such modification, where small changes add up to create a completely different feel than the original.
Linking to something 6 months old really makes me realize how far along technique can come in so little time.
Free of their intellectual confinement, it seems that playful colors are more eager than ever to sling themselves onto this virtual canvas, without the slightest consideration for order or even the classic rules of composition. It’s just more fun this way, they say.