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Branched by ClaireJones Branched by ClaireJones
Pure Apophysis 7x

For me, the classic "leaf" is the Holy Grail of fractals. I have spent so much time and effort trying to pull this type off with zero success. I've studied the parameters of others and understand conceptually where to put the transforms, but I've never been happy with the results. I still haven't mastered the fractal leaf, merely stumbling onto the form by chance. I guard the parameters with my life!

I have such anxiety posting this piece, because I spent months trying to perfect it. I must have well over a hundred versions of this flame. At least. I had one version all ready to go, but still spent all yesterday tweaking the gradients (I count sixteen rendered gradient versions). I immediately stopped my tweaking after viewing this one in full view.

As a side note, I'm not sure if it's because the fractal is so dense, but I inadvertently rendered a 5400x3600 at 4000 density (quality) and it was suspiciously fine. Normally I render at over 40,000 for prints. I left the density at 4000 and upped the size to 9000x6000 and it only took about 5 hours. I was sure it would take me well over a day to render. :shrug: I'll have to try that with a couple of Julians I have. They are such a pain to render. (>~<)
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moonhigh Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: Absolutely Beautiful! :faint:
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aereol Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work and congrats on the DD.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Brilliant work! Congratulations on the DD! :)
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bluefish3d Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just phenomenally, brilliantly, wonderfully stunning - wow!!!
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally stunning image, dear Claire ~ it's wonderful and so evocative of natural greenery! Congratulations on your well-deserved DD! :deviation: :tighthug: Coco
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MarielFoster Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You surely do deserve the DD for this image!
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Elskovsmaskinen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Ive seen some cool fractals in my time, but this is one was special. I think you might be some parameters off, for that "perfect" nature look. But youre certainly on the way there. Well done.
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feldrand Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
tadaaa - it was definitely worth the effort, haha - congrats to your most deserved DD... :D
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Schaaka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Looks like a leaf made of leather. Kinda cool effect.
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Rose13Red Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I have no understanding of what you just said--all I know is--it's BEAUTIFUL. It reminds me very much of the botanical studies of the 19th cen and I would most certainly buy it as a print to hang in my house, if I had one. It turned out splendidly and you should be proud of your work, Cheers!
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beaudeeley Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hot damn!! Awesome!
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StitcherLadyxx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:iconlegaspplz: :faint: Astonishing - brilliant - tour de force - top shelf - etc etc :winner:
:w00t: Talk about reculer pour mieux sorter :phew: ................ not exactly a quiet return - this is a fanfare of trumpets !:woohoo: :clap: :wow:
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Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's gorgeous :D I'm not sure I'd understand how this works even after someone tried to explain it. I would always ask at the end 'but, but, what did you use to bend reality?' :stinkeye:
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the-final-I Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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jlkrause Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful and very unique work! I can't honestly say that I have seen much else like it. You work is very much the sort of thing I'm looking to display in the online magazine I'm an editor for. www.murmurationsmagazine.com Let me know if you're interested.
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Amazing just amazing
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Migue22 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
This is a well deserved DD! Really, all the work you put into it gave you the best results! Congratulations!
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Klandestineone Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
That's some awesome textures going on in there.
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Tsa05 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Holey wow. Wowwwwwwwowow.
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Scarecrows-laugh Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning!
I love the detail in it :)
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RavellingNothing Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
This is gorgeous!
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beeZah Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What...
IS this?!
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FineArtbyVaughn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know how to do fractals yet, but I do have a huge appreciation for them. This work really draws me in! Facinating and beautiful!!
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mandarin-vanilla Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
That is amazing! Congrats on all the hard work paying off. ^_^
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RapeEyesPlz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Very amazing.

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8bite-me3 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
pretty. amazing detail.
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karjavel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
colors and idea its amazing
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Imaginary-Whispers Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the textures so in this.
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Feelthelie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Beautiful!! :heart:
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Divine-Nataku Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
When I first saw this I thought it was a close up view of musculature or of the circulatory system, which I think is a pretty neat comparison - the thought of all things living being the same when broken down to a microscopic level.

Admittedly, I've never paid much attention to fractal art, but this one really caught my eye. Awesome job!
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niesaur Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing.
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fraxialmadness3 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
You've reached perfection on this one! This is really breath-taking beautifulness......Superfine silky smooth render!
All my sincere congratulations for the DD!
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Tieforce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Exceptional... at first glance I was expecting a narrative on the biological construction of a dragon's wing!! Well worth the grief you had to endure in the rendering process
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Son-of-Incogneato Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely breathtaking.
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
My god the work that goes into this scares me! :D Hope you figure out the process someday!
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a great come back Clair & congrats on this beauty becoming DD !! :clap: :hug:ss
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Astral-1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Superb
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superkim111 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:wow: :clap:
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ZoeUna Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
So beautiful! Congrats on the DD - Well deserved! :)
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
incredible! at first I thought it was some sort of textile art!
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:wow:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
It was worth all the trial and error work. I'm realy impressed.
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Artist
Fantastic and magic
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TomOliverArt Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A great use of digital art!
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gateman45 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Well achieved....your dedication to the project is as inspiring as the outcome...
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very Cool !! Your hard work paid off big time !! :)
Congrats on the DD !!! :clap:
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your deviation has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:
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Smokey-Doodle Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah!
Branch-cepcion!
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Szellorozsa Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Congrats for the DD. It's unique and very beautiful. I like the impression to be lost in the intimate and microscopic structure of the leaf. And the gradient makes it look so real.
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