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Bill M. Tracer

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Mandelbrot as Meditative Figure

I originally created this image as an illustration of a Mandelbrot set for my tribute article to Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of Fractal Mathematics, who died in 2010. It is found at: http://scienceray.com/mathematics/a-tribute-to-benoit-mandelbrot-the-father-of-fractal-mathematics-died-at-85/ In this image we see the Mandelbrot Set rendered using Vchira with 10 dimensional parameters, which yields a render of much greater detail than what Dr. Mandelbrot rendered back in the 1980s. Some refer to this set as the thumbprint of God, and I find it especially interesting to note that when you turn it in the direction seen above, the very shape reminds me of a human figure sitting in the Lotus meditative possession, having their crown chakra shining a beam of psychic light up and out of the crown. Even the fuzzy edges can be thought of as representing the human energy aura. I used Photoshop for the post work, which included filtering, layering, and the digital signature.

Space Available

A very tongue in cheek concept from the start, I used alpha channeling techniques to bring together this image from multiple renderings. I posed the 3D figures and props in DAZ Studio, which I imported into Bryce. I rendered the cityscape background separately four times, each with different skies and lighting settings. Then in Photoshop I blended these layers. I next rendered the foreground scene including both the sign and the figure, then using an alpha channel I brought the two parts together again in Photoshop. Afterwards, I added the digital signature.

So Vociferous an Abridgment Variation One

This is the first variation in my rather short fractal series, “So Vociferous an Abridgment”. I jokingly considered calling this one “Pressed Against the Glass”, but chose instead a different kind of jesting title with a somewhat esoteric and oxymoronic ironic twist. I recently created this image for my Fractal Poster project at Zazzle. The original of this image is a much higher resolution over and above what you see here at this Picable page, so when printed as a poster the detail is of a fine arts quality. I used Vchira as my fractal generator and Photoshop for the post work, which included filtering, layering, the digital framing effect and the digital signature.

70 Ophiuchi Outpost

This space opera type science fiction image, depicting a space station outpost orbiting a rather Earth like planet in the star system, 70 Ophiuchi, combines effects I created within the 3D programs DAZ Studio and Bryce, together with post work in Photoshop, when I added the digital signature.

On The Edge of Quintessence Variation Four

From the Fractal Art work of Bill M. Tracer Studio This is the forth variation in my series, “On The Edge of Quintessence”. I recently created this image for my Fractal Poster project at Zazzle. The original of this image is a much higher resolution over and above what you see here at this Picable page, so when printed as a poster the detail is of a fine arts quality. I used Vchira as my fractal generator and Photoshop for the post work, which included filtering, layering, the digital framing effect, and the digital signature.

An Exoplanet and Its Moon

With the increasing discoveries of exoplanets, planets outside of the Solar System, and now with NASA’s Kepler probe finding many Earth like planets, some in the life zone, it is a good time to create and display artistic renderings of such potential planets. That is what we have here with this image that I created using Bryce. I custom created the surface textures for both the sky/cloud cover layer, and the planetary surface. The moon surface material I custom made as well, not to mention the background nebula. In Photoshop I added the digital signature and the twinkle effect for some of the stars.

Alas

I present my art annually at a local Science Fiction / Fantasy convention called, Mid South Con. Every year, just before the convention, I prepare at least one new piece especially as the center piece of the show. This year I wanted to make a piece demonstrating my ability to create a work of art suitable as a magazine or book cover, allowing negative space for text, while still having a pleasing composition. I first created the backdrop in Bryce, Alas Background, which I then applied to a backdrop prop in DAZ Studio Pro. After that I costumed, morphed and posed the 3D figure and props in the foreground. I rendered four layers, each of the same scene with the lighting set up from different angles, colors and intensities. In Photoshop I blended the layers, and added the digital frame and digital signature. Here is the final image result.

Fractal Me a River Version 2.0 Variation Six

I took an older version of a fractal image I created some time ago, and recreated it at a much higher resolution and in several different color combinations, in order that it might be suitable for my Zazzle Fractal Poster project. Eight variants emerged, as a result and my longest fractal series to date was born. This is the sixth variation in the series, “Fractal Me a River Version 2.0”. The original of this image is a much higher resolution over and above what you see here at this Picable page, so when printed as a poster the detail is of a fine arts quality. I used Vchira as my fractal generator and Photoshop for the post work, which included filtering, layering, the digital framing effect and the digital signature.

Fractal Me a River Version 2.0 Variation Eight

From the Fractal Art work of Bill M. Tracer Studio I took an older version of a fractal image I created some time ago, and recreated it at a much higher resolution and in several different color combinations, in order that it might be suitable for my Zazzle Fractal Poster project. Eight variants emerged, as a result and my longest fractal series to date was born. This is the eighth variation in the series, “Fractal Me a River Version 2.0”. The original of this image is a much higher resolution over and above what you see here at this Picable page, so when printed as a poster the detail is of a fine arts quality. I used Vchira as my fractal generator and Photoshop for the post work, which included filtering, layering, the digital framing effect and the digital signature.

Entering High Orbit

With this 3D computer graphic art piece, I played around with some experimental lighting effects in the extreme foreground. The saucer actually has a surface texture that is highly reflective silvery metallic. So, the blue and purple colors you see in that surface are there purely as a result of colored lights, positioned near the flying saucer within the virtual 3D environment of this Bryce scene. The surface texture of the planet in the background was one I custom made, and then wrapped around a sphere. The cloud cover layer of the planet was also custom made, as well as the volumetric material of the nebula behind the planet. In Photoshop I added the digital signature as a final standard touch.

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