Joel Faber is another very well-respected Fractal Artist here on dA,
and is the twin brother of `MichaelFaber. I am very pleased to bring
you some insight into this talented fractal mind. I hope you enjoying
learning more about this wonderful artist! Here are some of my faves
of his work.
How did you choose your ScreenName? (Asked of everyone)</u>
Well... it all started one summer morning several years ago. I popped out with much fuss, the doctor gave me a smack, and my mother said, "Joel!". Fast-forward a few years, and I couldn't think of anything better to call myself here on deviantART.
What attracts you to Fractal Art?</u>
I first stumbled across fractals in the Flame Plug-in in The Gimp. I thought it made pretty pictures.
Who has been your biggest Influence to become an Artist?</u>
`MichaelFaber, ~Zueuk, =psion005 and ~grinagog
Have you had any Art Schooling?</u>
Have you had any Mentors that you've learned from?</u>
What kind of Fractals do you Admire?... and Why?</u>
I've always tried to create new and original ideas when creating my flame fractals. I really admire other flame fractal artists that can blow my mind away! New, original, complex and technical flame fractals I appreciate the most because I have the greatest appreciation for the work and technical know-how that goes into creating such a fractal. (I'm fascinated by the math; I like to analyze and learn from other fractals). My favourite artists in this category are ~Zueuk and `MichaelFaber.
Some of the best artwork on deviantART is produced with UltraFractal. I haven't spent a lot of time with UF so I can't gauge the skills and knowledge that goes into producing the works or learn anything to push my own artwork forward. But as far as artist merit goes, some crazy beautiful stuff there! It's always cool to see the scenic stuff, like landscapes and floral arrangements that can be produced using layers and masks! Props to =silwenka and `rougeux.
What is your favourite Fractal Program and Why?</u>
I started creating fractal art while in school, so cost was important. Apophysis is the most advanced free fractal software available. I've spent a lot of time learning to create flame fractals, learning the math, and studying the Apophysis source code. I'm entrenched now, and too lazy to try anything else
From What/Where/Whom do you draw Inspiration?</u>
From my most influential artists (see above), of course.
When starting a piece, how do you approach it? (Concept, Style?)</u>
I start with an empty fractal and try to create an interesting pattern with just simple shapes (like lines, circles and/or squares). After I've got a pattern that I like, I try to add different shapes, colours and textures to make it interesting.
What are your favourite Variations? Settings?</u>
Bipolar is really cool. I've been playing around with the code lately: I've added a new variable (and might add more). Look for it in the next apo-plugins release! Cpow will be added in the next release; there are lots of new possibilities here too.
What are your favourite Plug-Ins? Settings?</u>
My favourite Apophysis plug-ins are over at my sourceforge project, of course! sf.net/projects/apo-plugins
What Plug-ins do you think work best together, for best results?</u>
I don't know. There are no absolutes.
Do you have any thoughts on Composition?</u>
I think "art" is more important than "fractal" in "fractal art". I see a lot of people post poorly composed fractals because it is a popular "style", or uses a new script, etc. Spending some extra time getting the right colours, and composition is time well spent. Quality over quantity.
What is your average Render Time?</u>
Between 2 and 4 hours. I'm too lazy to render print sizes
What are your most common render settings and why?</u>
Quality=2000 : This is enough that I don't see a lot of grain. ~ Oversample=2 : It is better than 1, anything higher than 2 is overkill. ~ Filter Radius=0.4 : I never change the Filter Radius and don't know why I use this number. I always render higher resolution than my final image size, so it doesn't really make any difference anyways. If you're rendering larger than you're final image then just set it, forget it, and don't worry about it.
Do you have any Post-work and/or Framing Tips?</u>
How do come up with the Titles for each piece?</u>
With great pain. Sometimes from song lyrics/titles.
Do you belong to any Fractal Clubs Why?</u>
I think I'm still a member of #Apophysis and ~DeviousFractals. I don't really participate, but I don't think they've kicked me out yet. They're a great place to get started and can help you get noticed.
Do you show your Artwork outside of dA?</u>
I used to post on another art website, but I like deviantART much more. I'm lazy, so I just maintain one gallery. I've never shown my artwork publicly in the real world.
What do People think of you being a Fractalist?
Are they supportive? (Family, Friends, Co-workers)</u>
Yeah, but I don't really talk about it much (except with `MichaelFaber )
How important are Faves and Comments to you?</u>
As far as the numbers go, it's nice to take a look at the stats to gauge what people think of my work. But it doesn't matter a whole lot to me. These statistics are a rather inaccurate metric: I'd probably get a lot more faves, comments (and devwatches for that matter) if I was more active in faving, commenting and devwatching other people. Getting honest and helpful critiques is always nice!
What are 3 Goals you have about your Artistic Future?</u>
I don't know. I don't take fractal art serious enough to make goals
What are 3 of your best Tips for someone getting started?</u>
For Apophysis: It's not easy, and not everyone can do it, but I think learning how the flame fractal algorithm works and what the variations do will be helpful. You can go from generating random fractals to designing fractals.
What are your 3 favourites from your own fractal gallery? And why?</u>
"Deconstruction" is my number #1 favorite. I spent a lot of time writing new variations just to create this fractal. I went through several iterations of playing with the fractal then modifying my code. I don't think I've put more work into other fractal. In some ways it is really gratifying to see people trying to learn from my art and create similar fractals, but this one is mine
"Portal" is another favourite of mine. I learned a lot about writing variations and using post-transforms to make this one! I'm quite happy how this one turned out.
"Forgotten" I'm also happy with the way turned out. Not sure why
Now, on a more personal note </u>
What is your favourite Book of all time?</u>
The only novel I've ever read twice is Ender's Game... very good book. The sequel Speaker for the Dead is really good too.
Alright by Pilot Speed.
The best movie I've seen lately is The Dark Knight. I thought I was going to be disappointed because of all the hype that followed Heath Ledger's death, but I must quite impressed. Had to watch it twice
Too many choices O__o
Favourite thing to do for Fun?</u>
Lately I've been cycling as much as I can.
Thank you so much for being a part of "Fractal Week" Joel! </u>