# Midlife Crisis

Written by onebadpenny on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:40 pm in blog Half My Two Cents... under Art or not... -
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It's a fractal. Yeah, it's math. If not for the math my artwork would hurt even my eyes

This one I made using Apophysis. Sometimes I use other programs, but Apophysis and Ultrafractal are my favorites.

Midlife Crisis

**5 blog comments below**

How does this work? How do you use math to make these? It's pretty cool

I'd like to know too. Great artwork for sure.

**deanhills**on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:33 am

Hmmm... Chaos math.. Fractal math.. kindof like the math of nature.. things tend to repeat themselves. Look at a feather. All of the fibers coming off the central shaft. Now magnify one of the fibers and you'll see the same thing, smaller fibers off the central shaft. Take any one of those tiny fibers and magnify and you'll see the same thing all over again. Look at the pattern the waves leave in the sand as they retreat off the shore. You'll see the same pattern repeat itself over and over the closer you look. Not exactly, but they keep their similarity.

I'm horrible at explanations, but fractals are everywhere.. leaves, your internal cardiovascular system, seashells, flowers, root systems, water flows, shorelines, mountains, coral formations, sand dunes, yada yada.

Anyways, there are mathematical formulas to describe how all that works. Using some of the formulas we can add different variables and graph the results using different gradients and throwing in some of our own calculation tweaks.. All very boring and complex and luckily the programs make it so you don't have to know the math at all if you don't want to. Or you can do like I do and write formulas by trial and error without having any idea what will happen until I try it.

Really, I'm probably wrong in everything I've said about the science, but that's the way I understand it in my head, and like I said I don't need to understand the math to write the formulas.

There now, you're even more lost than before I explained it all, aren't you

I'm horrible at explanations, but fractals are everywhere.. leaves, your internal cardiovascular system, seashells, flowers, root systems, water flows, shorelines, mountains, coral formations, sand dunes, yada yada.

Anyways, there are mathematical formulas to describe how all that works. Using some of the formulas we can add different variables and graph the results using different gradients and throwing in some of our own calculation tweaks.. All very boring and complex and luckily the programs make it so you don't have to know the math at all if you don't want to. Or you can do like I do and write formulas by trial and error without having any idea what will happen until I try it.

Really, I'm probably wrong in everything I've said about the science, but that's the way I understand it in my head, and like I said I don't need to understand the math to write the formulas.

There now, you're even more lost than before I explained it all, aren't you

**onebadpenny**on Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:24 am

onebadpenny wrote: |

There now, you're even more lost than before I explained it all, aren't you |

**deanhills**on Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:15 am

Pretty colours and patterns, lol!

**TheGremlyn**on Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:10 pm

TheGremlynon Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:24 am