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Venus in Reverse by OutsideFate Venus in Reverse by OutsideFate
I'll bet $20 on that you didn't see this one coming!
Actually, :iconfardareismai: `FarDareisMai Told me how she made the lovely piece "Larissa" (found below) in the Aposhack chatroom, and 6 hours later, UF gave birth to this fabulous fractal of mine!

Honestly, I never thought that i could make a spacescape like this to save my life....

Sources of inspiration are obviously Jess' and LeXXe's works, outer space, and as a little twist, the painting " the Birth of Venus" by Botticelli.

The original fractal can be found here:
The fabulous details can be seen here:
The test-version can be found here:
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I have always loved the title of this fractal. I know that may seem an odd place to start, but being the lit crit freak that I am, words often make a good jumping off point when I'm interpreting an image.

The "Venus" part of the title is straightforward enough. Not only does it harken to Boticelli as mentioned in the Artist's comments (the main shapes in the image remind me of her hair, too) but something about the fractal is just so feminine, without being sterotypical pink and flowery. It is hard to put my finger on why, and even if I could, others might not agree. After all, the entire concept of femininity is very complex and nebulous. Maybe it's the dewiness of the details. Maybe the circles are symbolically suggestive. Maybe I'm taking "birth of galaxies" too literally. :giggle:

IN ANY CASE. Without getting into too much off-topic musings on "what is femininity, anyway," let's just say that I find this fractal strongly feminine, and I think I would get that impression even if "Venus" weren't in the title.

The "in Reverse" part of the title is even more intriguing. How can a person (well, Goddess, but whatever) be in reverse? Yeah, I know that the easy explanation is that Venus (the planet) rotates the opposite direction of the other planets' rotation, blah blah blah, but somehow that explanation is unsatisfying to me. I do not think this image is about clockwise versus counterclockwise planetary rotation. :lmao:

I could list a bunch of ideas for what "Venus in Reverse" means, but (A) I'm tired and (B) it'd probably be boring, so I'll just say one: My mind likes to conflate "The Birth of Venus" and "Venus in Reverse" into "The Birth of Venus, in Reverse." Like this fractal is an impression of the moment Venus coalesces from seafoam... but with the film being played backwards, so to speak. After all, the "fiery rift in the sky" image is at once very evocative and very ambiguous. Is the fire bursting forth and consuming everything in it's path? Or is the darkness swallowing up light? Or perhaps I'm being to negative. Maybe the consuming fire is a creating beacon. Maybe the swallowing darkness is the soothing sea.

Long story short: the title is lyrical and ambiguous; the image is thought-provoking and ambiguous. Thus concludes the wtf-inducing "interpretive" part of my critique, on with the technical details!

I'll just quote my old comment: "My only complaint is that the light-dark grading could be done better, to show off the details better." Now, part of the issue here is my computer monitor (specifically, the gamma). After viewing this on my sister's laptop, I saw a LOT of detail that just looks uniform black on this screen. However, it's still worth mentioning. Even on her laptop, I noticed that, while the contrast between light areas and dark areas is strong, the contrast within those areas could have probably been improved. I actually had this struggle when using the formula as well (it's probably the root of the issue you noticed in Inkkoi, for instance). Getting the right contrast and value scale in fractals is pretty hard no matter the formula. What I'd love to see are fractals that show tiny structures with as much definition as the large ones, as much clarity in the hot spots as in the shadows: basically, what HDR does for photos. Obviously, this isn't necessary for ALL fractals (just as HDR isn't necessary for all photos). But I'm mentioning it here because I think THIS fractal in particular would be stunning (well... it's already stunning. It would be extra super stunning.) if it somehow got HDR'd. The only complication is that I've yet to see a fractal that really succeeds at that. Some are close; I keep aiming for it but I can't honestly say I've hit the mark yet. But still! I'm convinced it's not impossible, just something to think about and work on developing. :D

Last but not least, I see a scarily exact horse in the upper-right pinkish section: mane, nose, eye, front leg and hoof, outline of thorax. :O
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Schp88 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Absolutely loving this.. Is there any way I could hang this in my living room as a large poster?
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I wouldn't mind re-rendering it if I can find the file somewhere.
ink7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013

DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
This is one of the best fractals I've seen on this site! :jawdrop::wow::faint::ambulance::tombstone:
xero-sama Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This piece still makes me wet <3
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
And you being wet makes me wet <3

But thanks
Kubulu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:heart: The scape of my infinite mind
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I am glad that you like it!
TjeuvanBussel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Krictic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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