Fractal Art by George Thomson

Fractal Art by George

Guest post by George

The images you see here are most likely unfamiliar to you, maybe a bit of a mystery, but kind of intriguing, right?  Well, let me introduce you to fractal art.

I’m George, a 23 year old student and I make these fractals in my spare time.  I love it.  But I’ve never shared my art with the world before – I am only doing so now to try and fund a trip to visit my girlfriend who is currently taking a year abroad, studying in Japan.  Her name is Paulina, hence the name of one of the pieces: ‘Paulina’s glass’.

‘Paulina’s glass’
‘Paulina’s glass’

These beautiful pieces of art are what’s known as fractal art; a complex mix of geometry, algorithms and millions of calculations produce these awesome images. I find fractals absolutely fascinating – for me, they are a representation of the beauty and wonders of the world and the universe.  How can mathematics translate into something so beautiful?  I love just staring at them and letting my thoughts wonder, I find them very peaceful and also stimulating at the same time.  What I find fascinating about them is that with the same process I can create something that looks like a galaxy or a nebula, but also something that looks like what you might see under a microscope.

These images take such a long time to create you wouldn’t believe it. Once I have programmed all the algorithms and patterns I want, the computer starts performing billions of calculations to ‘render’ the image.  This process can take over 72 hours just for one image.  It really feels like it is recreating a small representation of the universe.  Once my poor laptop finishes its hard work, each image is larger than 300-400 mega-bytes, that’s right I said MEGA-BYTES!  This is why they are so perfect for printing on large canvases or posters: the quality and resolution is simply unreal.  The images you see here are of extremely reduced quality unfortunately (otherwise they would take forever to load).

If you like my art and you would like to support me, please visit my crowdfunding page on kickstarter, where you can buy downloads of the ultra high resolution fractals (which make stunning screensavers!), prints of them on posters, canvas prints and more.

Thanks!

George

31 thoughts on “Fractal Art by George Thomson

  1. It really is so beautiful. I have seen fractal art before, but I never knew how one makes it or that it is so complex! Thanks for this post, it was really great to learn all this 🙂

  2. I’m loving fractal art now, so unique, creative and deep thinking. Will take a look at kickstarter now – good luck with your trip !!

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