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If you've ever reacted to a fractal with "This reminds me of Pollock" or "Looks like it would make a great pattern for some fabric", then chances are you were looking at what I call a "texture field" fractal. They can be orderly and rectilinear, or chaotic and squiggly. Most of them tend to be colorful but there's not reason they can't be monochrome, and a few are. They can be very busy and detailed, or soft, zoomed-in, and impressionistic. You can even find a few 3D texture fields. So what unifies this diverse style of fractal? Like most artistic categories, there is no black and white definition of what does and does not qualify as a texture field. The best definition I can come up with is that they focus almost exclusively on texture and pattern, without larger structure and defined focal points. But of course this definition is still quite subjective. I guess the best way to understand this style of fractal is to look at them!

Fractals by zzzzra:
Decodage imperatif by zzzzra La fabrication du caramel by zzzzra Humeur froide by zzzzra Yggdrasil by zzzzra Decorum by zzzzra

Fractals by s31415:
20090114 by s31415 20100826-1 by s31415 20091109-1 by s31415 20090822-1 by s31415 20091107-1 by s31415

Fractals by Platinus:
Bacon Fat by Platinus It's Only a Northern Song by Platinus Rumors by Platinus Children of Luxemburg by Platinus Whitecaps on the Rocks by Platinus

Fractals by milleniumsentry:
Relay by milleniumsentry Microtech by milleniumsentry Alien Artifact by milleniumsentry Botnet by milleniumsentry Calibrate by milleniumsentry

Fractals by Pharmagician:
Chocolate Surprise by Pharmagician Sentinel by Pharmagician Us and Them by Pharmagician Mirage by Pharmagician 100126 01 by Pharmagician

Fractals by eralex61:
Threads by eralex61 Awakening by eralex61 Imagination by eralex61 City core by eralex61 Spring expectation by eralex61

Fractals by mario837:
Summer-Autumn by mario837 The Inverse Element by mario837 Small Work of Dreams by mario837 Eighty six - Wallpaper by mario837 Contrast and Projection by mario837

Fractals by many artists:
above or below by lyc Conch Waves 5 by phoenixleo Nona 22 by SjerZ You Were Right There by xero-sama Stock13 by BlurWing :thumb147164251: Lichenography by Muruku Differential by AsaLegault Cross Pollination by monochromatic-stains Texture 1 by XSindy Les parapluies de Cherbourg by gateman45 Down by the Sea by AmorinaAshton Terminal Junction by JayceCruel

Stay tuned for part II of this feature!
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buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
this feature was truly informative and enjoyable...
thank you for sharing!!!
:)
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cpoggie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice feature. I had no idea that this was a particular subset of fractals until now; I thought they were all just fractals.
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Well, it's only a subset in the same sense that "red fractals" would be a subset. Not a strict or technical definition, just a style that I noticed and decided to group together.
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mario837 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Nice point of view illustrated by some very beautiful and interesting works.
Thanks for including some of mine :bow:
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s31415 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I can speak only for myself, but I'd say it's not about the absence of large scale structures or focal point, but rather the presence of small scale structures everywhere. To have strong small-scale structure without the large-scale image being a complete mess is actually quite a challenge. The second of the image you featured actually has the property that the structures do not fade when you zoom in (follow the link to the zoomable image). It took me a few years of experimentation to be able achieve this kind of effect...
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I agree with you that texture fields certainly can have a balance of large and small-scale structure; you works are a great example of this!

Coming up with an airtight definition is hard; the main reason I mentioned that part is because of fractals that have small scale texture everywhere, but to me, still do not count as a "field" of texture: a good example would be a highly textured spiral. Even though the texture might be everywhere, if the main structure and focal point of the image is a spiral, then to me, it would not be a texture field, no matter how good the fractal is.

But I did not mean to exclude fractals with large scale structure that still have the visual quality of a texture field. :)
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SjerZ Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Lovely feature, thnx for including one of my works :bow:
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zzzzra Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Thanks a million for featuring some of my abstract fractals ! :D
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milleniumsentry Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: Thanks for the feature Far.

I really liked Down by the Sea, by AmorinaAshton. Quite a nice find.
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BlurWing Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Thank You for including my work in your feather.
Man, you really had to dig to find that old Apo work in my stock folder...
Where do you ever find the time? (no answer required) :giggle:
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Catt390 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I never knew what a fractual was until now
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
:faint:
:thanks:
Being featured by you is like...unreal >_>
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awww, it means a lot to me to hear that. :hug:

Also, the second part is up if you are interested in it: :eyes:
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gateman45 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
thank you
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esintu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
may I point you in ~Stevi0d's direction? :slow:

great feature all around :)
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I'm glad you like it.

As for ~Stevi0d... great minds thing alike. :giggle: And that's all I'm going to say about that.
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
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*think
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esintu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:
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Pharmagician Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
A really great feature with a number of artists I had never seen before - thanks for doing this and thanks so much for including me!

:-)
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
You are welcome! Your art has been an inspiration to me for some time now; of course I had to include you! :hug:

Also, the second part is up if you are interested in it: :eyes:
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Pharmagician Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Part 2 is great too!

:-)

(Thanks for kind words!)
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MeddlerInc Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm starting to expiriment on them through UF. I'm loving the results! :D
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, such amazing fractal and textures!
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S7ARCA7CHER Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
excellent deduction!
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