Hello everybody and welcome to the project called Hidden Fractalist! Goal of this project is to discover new, rising fractal artists in the depths of the fractal art community and bring them into the spotlight between other fellow artists and show them some love, help, support and friendship. Please welcome our today's host, Esherymack! Esherymack has been member of DeviantArt for 7 years. When you browse through her gallery you can notice various types of fractal art. From fantastic fractal blooms, gnarls, to stunning abstract pieces, Esherymack is very inspirational artist worth checking out! Let's proceed to the interview.
Welcome to the Hidden Fractalist interview, Esherymack! Could you please kindly introduce yourself to us?
Hello, thanks for the interview! My name is Madison, known here on DeviantArt as Esherymack. I’m 20 years old, and I’m currently a student studying computer science. I enjoy spending my time making art, both digital and physical (I knit, crochet, weave, and do naalbinding!).How did you discover Fractal art, and why did you decide to make it?
: I discovered fractal art in 2010, when I first decided to try and become good at something-- I’d spent time lurking on DeviantArt for some time, and the number one thing I saw was people practice, practice, practice. I downloaded Apophysis, and I already had Photoshop Elements, and I just started playing. I didn’t exactly try any structured IFS renders yet, because at that time I was only using the software to make nebulae for my early space art. I then got into structured IFS fractals after I saw lindelokse
's 2D bloom tutorial, and that set me off. What programs do you work with?
: Most of the time, I do my work in Apophysis 7x, and recently, I started rendering Apophysis fractals in Fractorium. I also work in Chaotica, and I’ve dabbled in Blender, Incendia, and Mandelbulb3D. For postwork, I use either Photoshop or GIMP (although I prefer the former).When we visit your gallery, we can see aside from fractals you’ve got a collection of photography, space, and resources! Could you tell us more?
:The space art is actually my roots! I started using Apophysis to render nebulae for the backgrounds, because at that point in time I wasn’t exactly capable of painting the backgrounds myself. I also used fractals to make grungy brushes for planet textures. Some of these early space pieces are still in my gallery. As for the photography, in high school, I took an entire year’s worth of photography classes and found I rather enjoyed the act of capturing a moment. As for the resources, sometimes I just get something I want to share with people Do you make your art professionally, or rather just as a hobby?
: The art is definitely a hobby! I try to make some money from it by offering prints for sale on Etsy, but other than that, I don’t usually submit it for commercial use. I’m at university for computer science, which I do hope to make a career out of From your gallery, we can notice you enjoy creation of abstract fractals. Why do you enjoy the abstract side of fractals?
: In my opinion, I’ve never been good at capturing a form. I’ve tried my hand at portraiture and still life, and I never find satisfaction in it. Plus, many of my sources of inspiration (both on DA and in traditional paintings) are very abstract! I like finding a meaning of my own, not being given a subject.Do you have any inspiration here on DevaintArt? Do you follow/support any artists?
: I have loads of inspiration, especially in the fractal community! As I mentioned, my first structured IFS was based on lindelokse
's Bloom tutorial, and her flowers have always astounded me and led me to try and make my own. tatasz
, and BoxTail
all have both directly and indirectly given me advice and knowledge as well, and bezo97
and I have all done pongs (which, I’ve never actually ponged with anyone before them and I always get some interesting works out of it).
¨Do you think you become more skilled and experienced with every piece?
: Without a doubt, yes. Every time I do a fractal these days, I try to do something that’s different and unique from my other works, and I always see improvement, from my first renders, which were tiny little cloudy pieces, to my pieces today, with their xaos loops and more-than-ten-transforms.Could you share the process of making any of your fractal pieces?
: I don’t think there’s anything I’m specifically known for, but something I noticed recently is that when making gnarls in Chaotica, you can create a texture transform with a bit of crackle and coth_spiral for cool wireframe-looking effects!
Is there any goal you’d like to reach both with fractals and your artistic journey on DeviantArt?
: For the longest time, I’ve been hoping for a Daily Deviation, and I think I’ve put a lot of my effort of improving towards that goal. Other than that, I just want to see myself continuously improving- that journey is never over!If you could describe fractal art with one word, what would it be?
: This is a hard question! I feel like the simplest way I could put it would just be to say “Amazing,” but I feel like that doesn’t even do it credit. It’s a major part of my life, and I’m proud to be part of the community Thank you very much Esherymack for the interview! It was nice to know a bit about you and about your art as well! If you notice any active, hidden fractal artist you consider talented, feel free to suggest them to me via note! I'll be more than happy to interview them!
As always, thank you very much for your support, and for reading this Project journal as well! Check my previous Project interview there: Hidden Fractalist Vol. XVI. - Fi3uR
See you next time,LukasFractalizator