Project 2 (Fractal Art) Details
When was the last time you had an art project in your math class? Your assignment is to use a fractal art
program to create a fractal picture. The objective is to develop the most inspiring picture as voted on by your
classmates (no, you cannot vote for your own picture!).
Your picture can be any type of fractal art including Mandelbrot Sets, Julia Sets, fractal landscapes, or nature
pictures made of self-replicating fractals. The option is yours. Extra credit is provided for including the Saint
Leo University color scheme, logos, or landscape.
Since this is a math class, you also need to provide a one-page summary of how you created this image
including the algorithms used, the values for those algorithms, and the software used to generate the image. In
addition, any comments or recommendations on this project for future students are appreciated (such as useful
and useless software!).
Obviously, since you are creating this image, you will own the copyright for the image you create. Digital
watermarks on the image are acceptable (this allows evaluation versions of several programs to avoid
To help you get started, the links below include some software that might help.
http://hirnsohle.de/test/fractalLab/ – This has a nice 2-d and 3-d fractal generator that is simple, but has
hundreds of controls!
http://fractalarts.com/ – They have many images and also a page with software available on the Internet. The
gallery might give you some ideas and the software page has links to several programs that could be useful.
http://www.fractalartcontests.com/ – This site has some award-winning fractal art for inspiration. Also, it lists the
software used. Some of this software is powerful, but has a high learning curve.
http://www.ultrafractal.com/index.html – This appears to be a popular application for artwork. There is an
evaluation version that includes a watermark, which is ugly, but acceptable.
http://www.download.com/ – This site has links to Fractal DRAW Pro and will perform self-replicating fractals.
You can also find links to Genesis ll software that will create fractal landscapes.
Grading Rubric for Project 2 (Fractal Art):
Explanation of the process and software use to create the image 33% Explanation of the algorithms and
repetition behind the image 33%
Beauty and complexity of the image 33%
Using Saint Leo Colors 5%
Using Saint Leo Images 5%
Voted “best picture” 10%
Fractal Fairy – http://tutorial.fractalfairy.com/ (for Fractal Explorer)
Fractal Arts – http://fractalarts.com/ASF/tutorials.html
Several Linked Here: http://fractalarts.com/ASF/Download.html
Fractal Explorer 2.02 – http://feusers.fractalfairy.com/fefiles/index.html
Ultra Fractal – http://ultrafractal.com/download/index.php Ultra Fractal is very powerful and has a free 30 day
NOVA Site that has an online fractal generation program.
For Mac Users:
IconMakerUniversal, by Jim Burgess [email protected], http://www.efn.org/˜jcburg/software.sh