Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fractals.....


I know, I know fractals have been done to death and all that - but I like them so - I'll be playing with fractals a bit too :D




I started with a simple - or at lest what I thought would be simple - 90 degree angle fractal that just scales from big to small....




It was interesting getting the right-angles because of the iteration step, here's that ICE Tree on the rotation stuff.

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 But all and all I was quite happy with this exercise. It showed me just how little I understand about fractals so obviously after that....

... I went and made a tree...

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Tree built in ICE
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Yeah, that was fun but still....

 what are fractals really anyway? Are there rules? What makes a fractal a fractal and not just some pretty pattern?

Wikipedia saysFractals are typically self-similar patterns, where self-similar means they are "the same from near as from far". Fractals may be exactly the same at every scale, or, they may be nearly the same at different scales. The definition of fractal goes beyond self-similarity per se to exclude trivial self-similarity and include the idea of a detailed pattern repeating itself.

I for one will be posting loads more on fractals as I play with them :D

For some cool stuff on fractals and doodling click on the triangle below...




Monday, January 7, 2013

Finite subdivision rule, or not...







Starting with a simple cube, I took the for corner points and  scaled them linearly into infinity (Finite subdivision rule) with a counter.


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add a sin wave too that and you get some really cool looking not so random "random values"

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I love the symmetry

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Using a triangle instead of a cube makes for great lines

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and a disk looks like those old school windows in church.

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This is what it looks like when I apply it to a cylinder, it makes an epic flower...


ICE tree of the flower.

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Happy new year WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE \:D/