I don’t remember if I ever actually uploaded this one to the site before – but it’s here now!
I really, really enjoyed making this one, as it’s one of the first Julians I made where I really broke away from my usually rigid structure.
I feel it paid off well – those light rings are my favorite part of the entire piece.
It’s also one of the only fractals I’ve made that uses this color palette – which both is and isn’t weird because I use these colors all the damned time!
They’re my favorite colors after all. Kinda strange I didn’t use them in my branding – although I’m changing that soon over on ReviewHaven Gaming.
I digress, though. It was fun finally making a fractal that both marks me breaking old habits and incorporates more of what I like into it. That’s mostly why I made it in the first place. I needed to do these things – this was around the time I was starting to burn out. My PC was in bad shape and I was just lacking a lot of inspiration. Nothing was working.
Then this happened, and while it didn’t “save me” from my lack of inspiration or those feelings of burn out – it was a step in the right direction.
About The Piece
Like Approaching Storm and most other things I make – there isn’t much to say. Again, no real “meaning” behind it. This was just the result of me trying to get through an art block of sorts.
And it helped with that goal. It helped a lot.
It’s also one of the last fractals I made before I ultimately stopped for a while – my computer just couldn’t handle it anymore. Apophysis would take over a week to render some of them. That’s just not feasible. I also couldn’t really make use of Chaotica or Fractorium at the time for the same reasons – I didn’t have a GPU that they could take advantage of, and the CPU was weak.
So I stopped. Only made small pieces here and there so I didn’t lose my edge – but never anything of this scale.
Thankfully, towards the end of 2019, I was able to build a new PC – and while it’s not the most top-of-the-line machine out there, it’s leagues beyond what I had before and can crank fractals out in minutes now.
Tools Of The Trade
- Apophysis 7X / Built & rendered. It took forever due to its size and how weak my system was – but it was worth it in the end.
- Photoshop CC 2019 / Tweaking contrast and levels. As usual, I can’t get the most exact results out of Apophysis – especially when it runs like molasses – so it was done manually in Photoshop. Also added some little post effects here and there – like making the image have a very subtle, soft glow.