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Mona Lisa Orbittrap by MANDELWERK Mona Lisa Orbittrap by MANDELWERK
The Louvre, the golden year of 2067.

& my 5 cents about finding a masterpiece in a fractal.

Opposite to some critics on the net I have a strong belief that someone some day will find a masterpiece, "Mona Lisa Class", in a fractal.

The reason this has not been done yet is TIME.
Fractal art is a very young art form, which until recently has been using tools corresponding to Leonardo doing his works without the invention of oil color, paintbrushes and canvas.
The discovery of the Mandelbulb, Mandelbox and hybrids of all known 3D fractals really is a major breakthrough, and I am convinced someone will do a real masterpiece with these new artistic tools (Mandelbulb 3D, Mandelbulber, and the like). I just know it by the experience of my own explorations, this is an infinite universe to scrutinize.
It might take a couple of hundred years, but on the other hand, I do not think Leonardo was ever in a hurry.

Besides this, a masterpiece is selected to be one by TIME, not a jury, not a critic, it matures during decades and centuries. And remember none of the old masters did masterpieces only, even if some did many.

In my own gallery on DA I currently show 262 images, 90% of these I consider to be snapshots, made on my journey through numerous hybrid fractals on my search for the masterpieces. :)
20-40 of these images I consider to be really good images, and a handful (in my own opinion) are artworks that mean something to me, and hopefully to others.
I have yet to do a masterpiece, but as stated earlier, we will not know that until a couple of hundred years have passed…

Until then, just relax and enjoy the ride! :)

(The image above is definitely NOT a masterpiece, I would describe it as a snapshot turned into a statement by the help of Photoshop. )

Mandelbulb 3D, cloudy DOF made in Photoshop using my own photos.
Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci, copyright expired, also added with Photoshop.

One more image from the same session:
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Scintillant-H Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011   General Artist
a lot of what's in your gallery should be levels in videogames. THAT would be AWESOME!!!!!!! running around places like this trying to kill people trying to kill you... OH yes.
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
;) Great idea! Thank you Haylay!
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Ediblebatteries Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I really enjoy the commentary with this one!!! I enjoy the perspective and I agree: the world of fractal art is evolving at an amazing rate. It is only a matter of time before its true potential is realized.
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I completely agree!
Glad you like it Edible!
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MalDudemaker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this! Truly fantastic fractal :clap:
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Thank you Scot, glad to hear that! :)
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MalDudemaker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You`re very welcome :)
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Destro2k Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
damn, where you find all this places
this looks really like an old refinery :wow:

really cool :)
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thank you Dominik, I can see what you see!
I guess I spend too much time in these worlds... :)
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Excellent! ;) :thumbsup:
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Thank you Antony ;)
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Welcome Johan ;)
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
A most 'masterfully' accomplished image Johan! :salute: ;)
A 'master-piece' in literal terms, surely is a piece of work which is produced
by a 'master' of their medium? That being the case, there are a number of
fractal artists who, whilst perhaps not yet having produced their absolute best
work - this is a VERY young medium! - will surely do so at some point in the future.
We're always convinced I think, that the next one could be our 'best' though, although
that is a very subjective matter!
As you say J, time, and - fickle! - public opinion are the main factors. :nod:
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Thank you very much Mark. :bow:
Yes, as I told Beesknees: I have a big problem with the thought that no one ever will find real art in an infinite universe of shapes. It is impossible not to! :)
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Cisoci Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
*stares* can't. look. away. fascinating. just fascinating.[link]
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Glad you like it Cisoci, but what about the link? :)
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Cisoci Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
uuuh dunno x.x that slipped in not my intention
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
OK! (:
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siriusstarsage Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Mind if I post this as a blogpost? :)
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
No problem, tank you for asking Jody! :)
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mehrdadart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011   Digital Artist
wow
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
bow :bow:
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Vidom Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Magnificent :clap:
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you Vince! :bow:
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Vidom Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
You're welcome :-)
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jim373 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Very cool piece! :D :clap:
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you very much Jim! :D
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jim373 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011   Digital Artist
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GypsyH Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is very creative !! Very nice work!
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you Gypsy, glad you think so!
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Beesknees67 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clever title...I know the opinion of which you speak. I heartily agree with YOU instead of those self-important bloggers....given time fractals will come into their own. I'll be the first in line for the ride! :)
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you Kim.
Only time will tell who is 'right'... :)
But I have a big problem with the thought that no one ever will find real art in an infinite universe of shapes.
You are welcome to ride along! :)
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Hadarniel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Well, it may not be a Masterpiece, but it certainly is a fantastic snapshot!! :D
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Glad you think so, thank you Dan! :D
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Hadarniel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I sure think so ;)
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
GLAD YOU DO! ;)
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aereol Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work.
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you Bob :bow:
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aereol Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
Holy crhist.. you are taking your stuff to a new level man. I admire this and just love the 3D feeling
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you Gábor!
Really glad you like it!
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wolfepaw Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous image and incredible postwork! Very creative vision here!
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you Peggi.
Glad you like my vision!
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ramonpp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I beleive fractals are at their Renaissance period with this new 3d programs you use.
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Well spoken Ramon!
This is exactly what I mean, I only use too many words... :)
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HalTenny Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Beautiful piece. I agree with your comments as well though I'm hoping it won't take a few hundred years! This may not be a masterpiece, but it is masterful work. Your post work is stunning as well, I only wish I could get the hang of post work as you have! :boogie:
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Hmmm, maybe I should do a tutorial, or find one.
Adobe has nice ones, I will see if I can dig one up which describes how I use the Z buffer in Photoshop...
But on the other hand... not everyone has Photoshop...

Thank you very much Hal, glad you like it!
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HalTenny Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I'm sure there are many out there. You can only do so much with light maps and background images in MB. I need to check into using Z buffers for sure.
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MANDELWERK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I just gave Lenord some hints later in this 'thread', he got it, but if you want me to, I'll post some screenshots of my work...
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HalTenny Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I can't seem to find those hints!
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