Friday, 30 November 2007


see 'Forms' at deviantART

Contriving to look as though the layers have been trowelled on, this single Apophysis flame is first in the series of follow-ups to Expansion. The theme here is the complex interplay of orthogonal and circular forms. Surprisingly, this style utilises a 4-transform lazysusan base.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

The Vault

see 'The Vault' at deviantART

Stash your goodies here with complete confidence... but remember to pay the asking price, a small favour demanded by the Vault Keeper. Otherwise, you may find yourself stashed here!

First submission in my newly-discovered style. Keep watch, and I shall name and explain the secrets in the fullness of time :D

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Frozen cosmos

see 'Frozen cosmos' at deviantART

A conceptual vision of universal 'heat-death' - not, as I originally took it to mean, death by heat, rather the death of heat. Whole galaxies sit suspended for eternity in icy skeins, testament to an age that only was. Even entropy is spent.

The curious rime effect is obtained by use of a small filter radius (0.1) coupled with large master scale (100) and suitable gradient.

Friday, 23 November 2007


see 'Flamenco' at deviantART

The colour, the passion, the flair...

Monday, 19 November 2007

Tip: use of colour symmetry

Whilst I must confess to a lack of mathematical rigour in my understanding of this function, what really matters for the artist is the effect. By default, the colour symmetry is 0 for all transforms. It may take any value between -1 and 1. -1 corresonds to "this transform's colour does not contribute". Increasing the value towards 1 has the effect of distributing the entire gradient from around the transform. For high-weight transforms, values closer to 1 give best results:

Setting colour symmetry in the Editor

Here, transform #2 has weight = 30. For this gradient:

Source gradient

For others, experiment! One notable effect is causing colour to begin abruptly at a structural boundary and fade across the structure. Star mandala amulet is a good example of this.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Star mandala amulet

see 'Star mandala amulet' at deviantART

The forerunner of new style I discovered. Full view required to appreciate the bloom of verdigris upon the ancient metal.

Saturday, 17 November 2007


see 'Expansion' at deviantART

A somehow-Pythonesque tweak on eralex61's JoelFaberLand - a big thanks for sharing the parameters :D

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


see 'Psycles' at deviantART

A tweak from this excellent Starter Flamepack using an alternative oily style.

Make of it what you will :D

Monday, 12 November 2007

Lost horizons

see 'Lost horizons' at deviantART

Barren, yet oddly beautiful. A sliver of space 'twixt the twin planes of land and sky. Sky lower than ever. Land a fragile tissue.

"Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams."

- from 'He wishes for the cloths of heaven' by W.B. Yeats

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Psychedelic abstract

see 'Psychedelic abstract' at deviantART

I love the way that the boarders plugin picks up colour so had to try for an all-out psychedelic blast. This has the feel of an exploding toybox sketched with wax crayon.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Resonant swirls

see 'Resonant swirls' at deviantART

A swirling caramel-coloured storm of chaos creating its own Temporary Autonomous Zone à la Great Red Spot, and sending supra-polyphonous ripples through the space-time continuum.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Into the pink

see 'Into the pink' at deviantART

A great spiralling journey into a dream of soft pink, tinged with blue. Past, present and future coexist as juxtaposed fragments in the swirling narrative.

Pure juliascope/lazysusan.