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Vaporwave by FarDareisMai Vaporwave by FarDareisMai
This fucking fractal... :no:

It actually started out as a silly joke. But then I just worked on it way too hard for that. On one hand, it was cool because I was really "in the zone," had tons of ideas for little subtle details I could add to it, never really felt artistically stuck, etc—and I even managed to tone down the hilarious, aggressive ugliness of the initial versions. On the other... well, it's still weird and probably won't be to most people's tastes, and I spent ages trying to solve this super finicky layer placing problem (and never really succeeded, actually), and I'm really not sure that this silly thing was worth all that toiling, in the end. There was one point where I lost some work on it due to a computer crash and I even reconstructed everything to the best of my memory. Ughhhhhhhh.

Meant to be a joke, ended up as a ~60 layer monstrosity which required a calculator to do properly. Oops.


This is also my entry for *heavenriver's Aperiodic Tiling Challenge! I'll probably make a second entry and then it'll be back to your regularly scheduled negmandel, I think.

Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 33What are these UF challenges?
How do challenges work and how can I participate?
Can I help promoting the challenges in some way?
What if I have an idea for a future challenge?
You can find all this information and more in the Ultra Fractal challenges FAQ, which is also part of our very first UF challenge, the one for February 2011.
If you already know the rules, then you're good to go - read on for this month's challenge!
Previous editions:
You can find all of the previous challenges in this journal. Please keep in mind that the challenge rules changed after the 26th edition!

Now we can go on with the last challenge's results, and then I will introduce this month's challenge to you all.
Here is the
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heychichi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow! i would seriously love to know how utilize apophysis. this is stunning.
FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This was actually made in a completely different program called Ultra Fractal. Nevertheless, I am glad you like it! :D
heychichi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hey how can i get back to the chat room? didnt know more than one exist
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fchs219376 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
i'm a sucker for some good tessellation
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I...I will have to take a look at those params.

FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You are lucky my computer started up this morning or else you would have had to wait a while. :P

Anyway, noted.
MiningForDegus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I keep getting new definitions for fractal... what exactly does it mean now? I don't exactly see it clearly going on for infinity. I wish I knew.
FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, there's more recursivity here than meets the eye.

Defining fractals is actually not very straightforward. Luckily I have a textbook excerpt on hand that discusses exactly this:… (it's short).

As for this particular image, the geometric shapes are based on aperiodic tiling. Basically, all the smaller rhombuses and trapezoids can fit into the big ones in such a way that you could continue subdividing rhombuses forever and ever... but the overall pattern this creates never exactly repeats! This is what makes it different from just subdividing a grid of squares into more squares or something like that. If you look closely, you may notice that even the small specks are rhombuses and trapezoids that (mostly) fit perfectly into the bigger ones.

Of course, a lot of the art effects somewhat obscure this, like for instance how I only have some of the small rhombuses/trapezoids visible in a seemingly random pattern, rather than showing the whole grid of them. But in my opinion that's part of turning it into fractal art instead of just a math demonstration.
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