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[non-Blender] How to Find Inspiration to Make a Picture? A Tutorial About Fractals and Mandelbulber



Did you enjoy the trippy Fractal flythrough video I published two weeks ago? Today, Gleb Alexandrov uses Mandelbulber as a startingpoint for an exploration of inspiration.

Gleb writes:

In these series of mini tutorials we'll explore strange and exciting ways to kick-start creativity and overcome the fear of the blank page (or viewport).

To make our brain working we may need to throw in some abstract shape - say, inkblot. Then passing the hand-made variation of the Rorschah test, we start to recognize shapes and images. Eventually one of the images that we suddenly 'grasp' will serve as a starting point for our picture.

For sure, visualization of mathematical formulas, such as fractals, is a great source of patterns for sudden inspiration. Today we'll talk about fractals and its 3d representation using free software called Mandelbulber.


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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I've recently started using the 'inkblot' method to start concept sketches, just using random shapes until a form can be recognised and going from there. Certainly a great way to get random ideas going.

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