Work done on Computer and Fractals

Seeing Eye
Seeing Eye

1987 This metamorphosis from eye to fiish was actually inspired by Todd Rundgrin's "A Wizard, a True Star" cover

Color Bars
Color Bars

1987 Experimenting with reflectivity, I saw this image as much more commercial approach to ray tracing

Spider from Mars
Spider from Mars

1987 With reflectivity conqured I had to make something more tangible, my answer, this spider from mars, constructed of all reflective elements and for the first time, utilizing fractals for the landscape. I used Spiders from Mars not only because I liked Bowie, but Dali and I were invited to attend a Bowie concert at Radio CIty by Andy Warhol and his entourage.....now that was an evening

The Seeing Angel
The Seeing Angel

1988 This was my first wildly popular computer based image. It was featured on the cover of a magazine and used by lots of vendors to show their software and hardware. Lots of requests came for posters of this work but due to the Amiga's limited resoltion and color, blowing up the image pixelated it way too much.

Room Full of Fractals
Room Full of Fractals

1989 Named after Jimi Hendrix's Room Full of Mirrors, here is another image that found its way to a magazine cover. Fascinated with fractals I generated several and mapped them to each wall and the picture frame.....it was prophetic in that I had no idea at the time how full the world was of fractals

Ray Traced Tristan and Isolde
Ray Traced Tristan and Isolde

1988 Here I built a 3dimensional chalice to form the famous faces of Tristan and Isolde, where the chalace defines the faces as well as the shadows. Also featured on a cover of a magazine.

Woodlands
Woodlands

1988 Winner of Ray trace of the year at Amiga Expo, Woodlands was an experiment to produce organic forms and an organic setting, to a digital imagery world that was seeped in hard edges and reflectivity.

Ray Traced Self Portrait
Ray Traced Self Portrait

1987 Perhaps the very first of its kind. This ray traced self portrait was based on a high contrast photo that I built an outline from and extruded

Rembrandt Self Portrait
Rembrandt Self Portrait

1988 I did an article for a magazine to show that a computer could be used to alter existing imagery to generate double imagery. Again well before Photoshop, this was close to being a first if not the first time a computer was used to accomplish such a task

Silver Ad Ray Trace
Silver Ad Ray Trace

1989

Excalibur Graphics
Excalibur Graphics

1989 Commercial design done for a client

NewTek Ad
NewTek Ad

1989 I did this combined raytracing and painted image for NewTek, who produced among other things the Video Toaster, and Lightwave 3D, it was used in several magazines and brochures

Commercial Ray Trace
Commercial Ray Trace

1989 I was hired by a 3D object company to utilize their objects in a ray trace, this is what I did for them.

Amiga Sphere
Amiga Sphere

1990 Commodore hired me and paid me with a Amiga 3000 to produce an animation and stills for advertizing. This wild undulating mercury like sphere wobbled wildly as the Amiga check mark (seen approaching from the right) smashed through it and the digital like clouds inspired from Tron, floated above.

Screen shot for Map Master
Screen shot for Map Master

1990 My software company, Computer Imagery, produced 2 revisions of 2 products, Surface Master and Map Master. They allowed enthusiasts to easily accomplish complex surfaces on their ray traced objects.

Couple with Hearts of Gold
Couple with Hearts of Gold

1989 Inspired by my own oil (after Dali's Couple with their heads full of Clouds) Couple formed by the advent of Twilight, this raytrace pushed organic and Dalinian form. This image too was featured on a magazine cover.

Port Lligot Study
Port Lligot Study

1990 Study to see if I could make a digital version of Port Lligot, and fill it with Dalinian objects. The floating egg cloud in particular is interesting as it was actually realized with giant paper hot air balloons I found and painted to look like eggs from Edmund Scientific

Port Lligot Full of Dalinian Icons
Port Lligot Full of Dalinian Icons

1990 FInalized image with lots of 3D Dalinian objects. Also a magazine feature. Remember, this was done well before there was any Photoshop or the sophisticated 3D software of today

Fly's and Head
Fly's and Head

1990 I honestly do not remember what I had in mind for this image, but there is a human head in the background with flies around it, and within the tunnel, which has an extruded array of squares, like Dali's nuclear cross

Anamorphic Ray Trace
Anamorphic Ray Trace

1990 This was a test to see if the program I was using could actually ray trace a conical anamorphosis. I learned of and executed anamorphic distortions with Dali and that I was able to do it without any real mirrors was a cool trick. The flat distorted image is of a skull and a banner which says "Anamorphic"

Array of High Res Images
Array of High Res Images

1990 Towards the end of the Amiga days, I was either paid with hardware or won some 24bit boards and for the first time I could utilize full color, just like the professionals! These images were a few I produced that took advantage of the extra color and resolution

Marineland
Marineland

1990 After the success of "Woodland" above, I thought I'd try the fluid organic feel of an underwater scene with Anemones, coral and sponges. The image took 2nd place for image of the year.

Amy does Kawaguchi
Amy does Kawaguchi

1990 I found a book on high end computer graphics done by Japanese artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi. He used fantastic organic blobs of wild textures and high reflection to produce amazing imagery. This was my attempt to reproduce his look with a much more humble machine (10's of thousands of dollars less) and I succeeded....at least I thought so

Cranial Cupola Evolving into Mystic
Cranial Cupola Evolving into Mystic

1990 This was one of my final works of the era and one I was most proud of. The shell of head is evolving into an angelic and mystical personage. The angel figures are inspired directly from Dali's Santiago El Grande....it was supposed to give the feeling of having a head that was becoming the mystical and geometric tabernacle of an urchin interior

The Roosters
The Roosters

2009 Fractal generated in Ultra Fractal

Milky Way meets an African
Milky Way meets an African

2009 Fractal generated in Ultra Fractal

Renaissance Wall Mold
Renaissance Wall Mold

2009 Fractal generated in Ultra Fractal

Gaudi's gate to Mandelbrots House
Gaudi's gate to Mandelbrots House

2009 Fractal generated in Ultra Fractal

Black and White
Black and White

2009 Fractal generated in Ultra Fractal

2010 Fractal Carcass Picked Clean by the Fibonacci Series Fractal generated in Apophysis This fractal looked like the exposed bone carnage of stretched tendons caused by a preditor, in this case, the Fibonacci Series

Gigers Zipper
Gigers Zipper

2010 Fractal generated in Apophysis. This to me is what Gigers zipper must look like

Klimt Crowns the Cliteri
Klimt Crowns the Cliteri

2009 Utilizing the color and form of a Klimt painting, this fractal was generated in Artmatic Pro

Homage to Robert Venosa
Homage to Robert Venosa

2011 Homage done in the style of Robert Venosa Fractal generated in Apophysis

Cosmic Gooseflesh
Cosmic Gooseflesh

2011 The Orgasmic Feeling of Cosmic Gooseflesh Fractal generated in Mandelbulb 3D

Coral Colony
Coral Colony

2010 Fractal generated in Apophysis

Opening Night Bejing
Opening Night Bejing

Fractal generated in Apophysis

Catholicism meets Chaos
Catholicism meets Chaos

2008 Fractal generated in Apophysis

Albert Hoffmann's Retina
Albert Hoffmann's Retina

2009 Fractal generated in Artmatic Pro, this image depicts the father of LSD's retina

Black Light Birthday Cake
Black Light Birthday Cake

Fractal generated in Apophysis

Balcony at the Mandelbulb Theater
Balcony at the Mandelbulb Theater

2011 My First Mandelbulb fractal 3D

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

2011 Fractal generated in Mandelbulb 3D

iEar
iEar

2011 Fractal generated in Mandelbulb Winner of 2011 Benoit Mandelbrot International Fractal Contest

The Higgs Boson Filigree Lives Among
The Higgs Boson Filigree Lives Among

Mandelbulb 3D ABoxPlatinum - Reiman In the air, all about us, the Higgs Boson lives

Robotic Ejaculate
Robotic Ejaculate

Even the mechanics of gears and ball bearings can act in a fluid motion, as shown here in he remarkable capture of a robots ejaculate.

Samson Sleeps
Samson Sleeps

New evidense proves that Samson derived his strength not from his hair, but because his hair was fractal!!! Rendered with FRAX on an iPad FRAX is new from the creators of Kai's Power Tools and is really quite amazing in its interface and simplicity to make complex things....exactly what the proverbial doctor ordered WHile it has no layers, I think it will soon become the new standard for 2D fractals

Samson Sleeps
Samson Sleeps

New evidense proves that Samson derived his strength not from his hair, but because his hair was fractal Rendered with FRAX on an iPad FRAX is new from the creators of Kai's Power Tools and is really quite amazing in its interface and simplicity to make complex things....exactly what the proverbial doctor ordered WHile it has no layers, I think it will soon become the new standard for 2D fractals

Black Hole seen from varying distanc
Black Hole seen from varying distanc

Black hole seen from 5 ft as the New England Fall, from 230 miles as Cyclone Phailin, from 50,000 light years the Milky Way, and from -1.5 inches, consciousness Made with FRAX

Amazonian Vertical Forest
Amazonian Vertical Forest

Deep in the Amazon, unknown until now and not seen by humans, a vertical forest has evolved. Where unique amazonian species of trees support layers of crystalized strata. Where the limbs of trees metamorphosize into the roots of the next layer, creating a mound of detail and life unimaginable to most humans. Brought to you today thanks to Mandelbulb 3D Single render, no touchup

In 1975 or 76 I was present when engineers brought one of the first computer graphics systems to the St Regis in New York for Dali to see. It was huge, clunky and had very limited colors and resolution, yet like most technology, Dali liked it. The engineers were in shock when he told them, thank you leave it, they exclaimed it was $500,000 and he could not have it. Dali threw them out and that was it....but I was hooked. I owned a personal computer as soon as I possibly could (Atari 400 first). I learned about its graphics capabilities and how to use machine language to create Display List Interrupts just to add a little more color to the screen. When the Amiga was introduced by Commodore, it boasted a special mode which allowed 4096 colors on screen. Serious art could be displayed and generated. With this tool I resumed my Dalinian painting, but digital. I learned ray tracing and 3D object creation. I did covers and articles for several magazines and was considered one of the top computer artists in the field. Several software companies used my work to advertize their products as well as Commodore and all the software companies at the time, sent me their graphics offerings hoping I would use it creatively. I went on to form a software company (Computer Imagery) that sold textures and surfaces for 3D software's Silver and Lightwave. (Surface Master and Map Master) Below are examples of my work in this era, which has links to my current interest in computer graphics and fractals in particular. Try to remember that these early works were all done in the late 80's early 90's and were state of the art. Photoshop and sophisticated 3D did not yet exist.

Louis Markoya

The Continuity and Evolution of Surrealist and Nuclear Mystical Art  

 Former Protege' to Salvador Dali'