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Mandelbulb 3D, my process.

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 15, 2014, 5:42 AM

  Over the last few months I have gotten a lot of questions on the process I use to create my images. It has only been about the last year that I feel I am really understanding Mandelbulb and creating more with purpose and not chance. However chance and luck does still come into the creation process. I view what we do as Mandelbulb artists a bit like exploring.  I am an artist who has been making art for well over 40 years. All my years of painting and photography does play a roll in how I use Mandelbulb.  This is not a tutorial but a look at how I create an image for those that are new to Mandelbulb 3D.

There are to many artists who inspire me and have shown support here at DeviantArt I could not name them all. Here are a few that I have learned a lot from by looking at their work, studying their tutorials, and analyzing their parameters:

:icondainbramage1: :iconmandelwerk: :iconhaltenny: :icondsynegrafix: :iconbatjorge: :iconvidom: :icongrahamsym: :iconmarkjaybee:

Here is an image that I created this morning as I was having my coffee. I create a lot in the morning before I go to work or late night before I go to bed. My livelihood is art, I am an Associate Professor of Art at a college in NC.

Fungi Ipsum by Eccoton

I was looking at some works by dainbramage1 when I saw this one.

Home of the Ancients by dainbramage1

  He had his parameter posted so I loaded it up. I make it a point not to use others parameters, however I will look at them to see the Formulas they use. By not directly using another parameter I feel it makes for a unique image and forces me to explore the formulas, calculations, lighting, and colors from my own perspective. It forced me to really learn Mandelbulb 3D. The formulas I used for this image are:  ATetraVS/koch_cube/_Fold45double At this point it is a numbers game. I spend a lot of time tweaking the numbers and exploring the scene in the 3d navi window. This is where the exploration takes place. I feel like I am in the fractal hiking the vast terrain or exploring a microscopic world.

  What I have learned is that the postprocess and lighting are the most important features to understand when taking your image to an artistic level. For this image I created a color map from a photo of rusty metal. I have made dozens of unique color maps to use with Mandelbulb. I recommend creating your own color maps, I do this in photoshop. Coloring with color maps alone is not enough you must also work with the lighting and the colors of the light effects to get your color just right. Understanding a bit of color theory is helpful. I love to do macro insect photography and this interest has effected how I work in Mandelbulb. I have come to realize that using depth of field effects in Mandelbulb is very important to creating scale in your images. So with time spent tweaking my image I get to a spot I like and it is time to render.

  Your calculation input numbers are very important to the quality of your image. This also can dramatically effect your render time but I find that the wait is worth it. Most of my images width and height are at least 7000 or greater with low raystep multiplier numbers to get a smooth look. I try to keep my render time between an hour to 3 hours. Here is where it takes place.

Digital Workstation by Eccoton

  After the image is rendered I import it into Photoshop and tweak the colors, exposure, and cropping. I approach the post processing in much the same way I do a photograph. Photoshop is a big part on my fractals, whether it is a small tweak or a total manipulation, every image goes through Photoshop. So what started by being inspired by dainbramage1's image ended up to be "Fungi Ipsum" the journey was fun. Those new to Mandelbulb be patient there is a lot to learn but the rewards are wonderful. Just look at the work of some of the artists mentioned above and you will see for yourself.


Parameter used for "Fungi Ipsum" I would love to see tweaks of this parameter. If you decided to play with it link the results here.

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:iconpapandreou:
:-) ColorsGalleRyyyyyy :-)
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:iconeccoton:
:) I love playing with color!
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ClaimYourself Apr 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for watching! :teevee: revamp 
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1DeViLiShDuDe Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! :D
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Thank you very much for stopping by.
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1DeViLiShDuDe Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! :D
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paranormallily32 Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconeccoton:
That is pretty cool. You are developing a nice style to your photo manipulations. I will be looking forward to seeing more.
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paranormallily32 Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much, love your stuff too....
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Hiiii :w00t:
your amazing work has been featured in Daily Fractal Feature - Friday ! :clap: !
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nonsensia Mar 15, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Hey! It's Amanda. I finally made a deviantart! Just stopping by to say hello :)
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:iconeccoton:
Hey, good to see you are here. I will be looking forward to seeing some of your future works.
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thank you so much for :+devwatch: :sun:
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