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If you could have one super power, what would it be? 

10 deviants said Teleportation (instantaneous, not subject to relativity)
5 deviants said Flying (superman style)
5 deviants said Telepathy (ability to read others' thoughts and communicate with them mentally)
4 deviants said Invisibility (at will)
3 deviants said Other (please comment) ^_^
2 deviants said Ability to change the laws of physics (warning, may accidently destroy the universe, and yourself if used recklessly)
2 deviants said Super strength (being able to punch through mountains, jump to the top of sky scrapers, etc...)
1 deviant said Immortality (not aging or being able to die ever)


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Understanding Spherical Transforms: Apophysis Tut by UniversalKinase
Understanding Spherical Transforms: Apophysis Tut
Okay, so after a 12 hour long brute force writing spree, I've finally finished a very important long term goal of putting out my tutorial on spherical variations.
Why would I write a tutorial on how to use spherical variations? Probably because they completely confused me for the first 4 years I worked with them, and still confuse me a little bit sometimes. However, I put a lot of effort into trying to understand and explain how they work, and how you can use this fantastic variation to great effect.

This tutorial is in MS word format, and is a whopping 28 pages in length. It contains the culmination of all my understanding of spherical variations and how to use them. In this tutorial I not only provide as detailed an explanation as I can about how to make some of the most interesting spherical variation fractals, but I also provide you with the parameters I used to make some of my best pieces, including my first daily deviation.

No holds barred, I went all out on this. I'm sure there are a few typos, and I'll try to improve it with updated versions in the future. In the meantime, please let me know if it is useful to you, or if I've made any mistakes. I'm always happy to answer questions.

Beginners will struggle with this tutorial, but my hope is that even advanced Apophysis users can learn a few useful things. My work is largely auto-didactic, so hopefully there is something genuinely new to the community in this.

All of the images I have used in this I created using apophysis, except a graph that I needed to use powerpoint for. *cough*

I am always glad to be a member of the DA fractal community. You guys are awesome!

Edit: Version 1.1
I fixed a couple glaring typos.

Edit: Version 1.2 In Progress - stay tuned
This edit is not yet finished, but will include better fundamental information regarding how the variation works. This is particularly relevant when the transform it occupies is not compounding upon itself, but also helps explain some of the behavior observed in this tutorial.
What is Red and Green and Blue All Over by UniversalKinase
What is Red and Green and Blue All Over
Hi everyone, this is my entry for the :iconapo-weekly-challenge: AWC #57: Stripes
Designed and rendered in apophysis7x

It was an interesting challenge, as I only rarely use the stripes variation, although other variations can produce similar patterns.
It's been a long time since I entered anything in a contest, but I was in the mood, so I said, "why not?" Anyway, I played around with a few different designs I was thinking of for a while before settling on this one.
I used a little bit of xaos to remove the noise I didn't liked, but I wanted to leave the beams of light in there for flavor.
This was one of those that I applied the final transform to pretty early on in the process, and then added more stuff.
Anyway, it's pretty simple overall, but I thought it was interesting enough to submit.

I encourage you to check out the other entries for the contest apo-weekly-challenge.deviantar… which closes on Sunday. If you like mine the best, then I would be honored to have your vote. Best wishes to you all.

Full download in higher res is available.

Here are the parameters I designed for this if you're curious about them:

<flame name="What is Red and Green and Blue all over" version="Apophysis 7x 2010" size="1500 1000" center="-0.144796380090498 0.382101558572147" scale="637.5" cam_pitch="-0.698131700797732" cam_perspective="0.2" oversample="1" filter="0.5" quality="50" background="0 0 0" brightness="2.4304347826087" gamma="1" gamma_threshold="0.0243" estimator_radius="9" estimator_minimum="0" estimator_curve="0.4" >
  <xform weight="0.7" color="0.065" symmetry="-1" pre_blur="5" stripes="0.2" coefs="0.962488 0 0 0.962488 0 0" stripes_space="0.5" stripes_warp="0" opacity="1" />
  <xform weight="0.5" color="0.429" symmetry="-1" pre_blur="5" stripes="0.2" coefs="0.962488 0 0 0.962488 0 0" post="0.5 0.866026 -0.866026 0.5 0 0" stripes_space="0.5" stripes_warp="0" opacity="1" />
  <xform weight="0.5" color="0" bubble="0.5" coefs="1 0 0 1 0 0" post="1 0 0 1 0 5" chaos="1 1 1 0.3 " opacity="1" />
  <xform weight="0.5" color="0.831" symmetry="-1" bubble="0.5" coefs="1 0 0 1 0 0" post="1 0 0 1 0 -8" chaos="1 1 0 " opacity="1" />
  <finalxform color="0" symmetry="1" rings2="-0.05" extrude="0.8" foci="0.3" coefs="-0.991723 0.128393 -0.128393 -0.991723 -0.155889 -0.907824" rings2_val="0.2" extrude_root_face="0.5" />
  <palette count="256" format="RGB">
Imploding Manifold by UniversalKinase
Imploding Manifold
Full view recommended and 3000x2400 download is available.

This is a piece I made for a friend. Don't know if they will like it.
I think this is some of my better work though. This started out as a bit of a rehash, and then became very explorative. I learned some things while making this piece about the mechanics of the algorithms, and what I like to call the break points of the spherical transform. This is one primarily weighted transform at said break point, with two other transforms modifying its attributes and creating the texturing/highlighting of the piece. 
I've used some similar methods before, but I didn't really understand how I'd been achieving those results until now.

Sometimes I think I've been obsessing too much over the spherical transform, but I keep coming back to it because I've felt like there was mystery there. I didn't really understand why it produced the results it did. All the other transforms I've worked with are so much more predictable in the behavior when they interact with other transforms. Maybe I'm making an over generalization there, and I know I still have more to learn, but..... I finally understand what's going on with this one I think. That doesn't mean I still won't have fun playing with it, but it may mean I'll try to branch out more into other aspects of the program.

It might also mean that I'll finally finish that tutorial I've been writing on these for oh gosh, 4 years now?!?! I'm sooooooo old. Well, when 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.
In any case, I hope you like this one.

~Created in apophysis
On These Avian Wings Stock by UniversalKinase
On These Avian Wings Stock
Was rehashing an old piece and came up with this. It seemed kind of striking to me.

I figured I'll release it as stock. It might be tricky to implement into complex scenes, but you guys are very creative and there are some cool textures in this.
I have it under a non-commercial creative-commons license. ^_^ That means that you can do whatever you want with it as long as you're not selling it, and you don't have to ask for my permission to use it. However, if you could show me, or let me know what you make I would be very grateful. Also, please credit me for the creation of this image if you use it.

Best wishes to you all.

~Created in apophysis
Companion Spheres by UniversalKinase
Companion Spheres
A very simple one in some regards. The xaos I needed to use to make it was actually rather complex by my standards, but still, the effect overall is not terribly busy.
Anyway, I hope you like it.
~created in apophysis


Journal Entry: Thu Dec 4, 2014, 12:38 AM
I've never been good at remembering the positive things in life.
I've focused far too much attention on every mistake I've ever made, every failure and every regret.
It's not a useful thing to do.

Thinking on mistakes briefly is important to avoid repeating them.
Thinking on them too much will lead you to avoid any situation where the previous outcome might possibly come to pass again.
The latter of those is just silly. We cannot know the future, and it is stifling to be terrified of things that we have little control over.

There is no mind so great that it cannot be overthrown by loss and fear.
Yet, we are each the architects of our own prisons, and our outlook on any situation governs a large percentage of our perceived reality.

I say the following more to myself than anyone else:
Do not lock all the doors around you just because they might have something bad behind them.
Life is not about playing it safe. Life is a fire that can engulf anything it touches. Sure, you can lock it up in a lantern and live life in a glass cage, but then you'll never know the beauty and exhilaration of running free and devouring every experience imaginable.
If all of us are flames, then we burn as hot, as bright, as big and as long as we chose to. Well, for the most part. The important thing is to believe that you have no limits, for then the prison you've built around yourself will cease to be.

Sometimes looking inward can feel like running through a forest of knives, but it doesn't have to be. Selective information filters are not an artificial construct, but rather an innate aspect of our biology. It is ironic that for all our technology and all our combined experience, we aren't really much better at seeing who we are than we ever were before.

Meh, I'm starting to ramble, so I'd better call the journal here.
Best wishes to you all this holiday season.

  • Mood: Content
  • Watching: Dr. Who
  • Playing: FTL


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As a 23-year old Ph.D. student, there are many things in this world that I have yet to learn. I tend to take tasks very seriously, and the creation of art is important to me.

I began making fractal art back in 2006, shortly after I joined DA. Since that time, I have competed in a number of fractal contests and won several. My techniques vary significantly from some that you see among other fractal artists. I have remained on the outskirts of the community, which has in some ways stunted my growth as an artist, but simultaneously challenged me to develop my own techniques and gain a better understanding of the underlying mathematical principals that govern fractals. However, I have learned that it doesn't matter how much time you spend on techniques if you don't put your soul into the art you're making. It doesn't matter what median it is, without passion all you get is a hollow image, devoid of feeling.

While most of my art consists of fractals, I love to write, and I value my prose and poetry just as highly as my best fractals.

I am always eager to help people out, so if you have any questions about how I make my art, or if you would like me to make something for you, feel free to ask. B-)

Personal Quote: "If the door is locked, become the key"


Paradisia falls by bib993
by bib993

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The deep is mine by sanguisGelidus

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Art is the ultimate expression of the mind and soul. Within all of us lies the omnipresent potential to find peace, agony, joy and ire in all walks of life. How we choose to percieve situations is what defines us as individuals, and how we react is the ultimate test of our character.

The community on DeviantArt is truly incredible because of the amazing people who devote vast amounts of time and energy to make it so. Always remember to be respectful towards others and their art, for a stray callous word against something of extreme individual importance can cause far more torment than intended.


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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015   General Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav: :bow: :)
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the faves :D :sun:
tsahel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fav ! :D
RationalParadox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the favorites!  :D
UniversalKinase Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, you've made a lot of great stuff.
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