THE SKULL (Story, Part 1) | A Fractal Rendering Project and New Tokenized Digital Fractal Art

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Art created by the author. This digital art project is titled "The Skull."

During a late night drawing session a few days ago in Apophysis 2.09, I decided to try a new variable combination. Linear, Fan, and Exponential produced the result for an image that looked like it could be the shape of a broken wing. I've created a few wings in the past. This one I was hoping would be different. Instead of the beautiful butterfly versions, I went in the opposite direction. The result was hauntingly beautiful. Perfect in time for the upcoming Halloween scary season. Of course, a story involving the broken wing began to take shape.

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"The Skull"

Curiosity has always been my downfall...or strong suit if things work out. So, I didn't think twice about returning the few familiar envelopes to the slot designated for my apartment. I'd deal with them later. The rough-edged, craft envelope, with no return address, caught my attention.

Dead tired and a long day at the office contributed to the full-blown headache that forced its way from behind my eyes as I hurriedly opened the door. Dropping my purse in the hall entry, I continued into the living room while slinging my shoes somewhere I'd have to look for later.

I flipped to the backside. The envelope contained only a delicate gold seal that kept the flap from opening. Curiosity mounting, I quickly tore at the center of the octagon-embossed seal. The invitation inside was even stranger, as I was being invited to the grand opening of the newly-constructed Abstract Art Gallery in Midtown.

I certainly didn't know anyone connected with the Art Gallery. There was no return address, so who sent the invitation? I turned it over for directions. I gasped and couldn't move. I had an urge to let go, but my hands held it steady. Suddenly, my headache ceased as it was no match for what I saw next.

My heart began racing as the sketch, I hurriedly traced with my eyes, resembled something I'd seen before. The picture in my dream just two months ago. What the hell is this! I wondered. The black background glared back.

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Compelled to focus on the blood eyes and nose, the image began to move slowly at first inward to the center of the card. It gained momentum until a kaleidoscope began to play. I reeled back and forth. How in the hell can this animation play on a card not designed in that fashion? I thought.

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I felt nauseated. I stumbled to the couch and lowered myself down quickly. I turned the invitation front side and laid it next to me. I couldn't think about it now. I had to remember that dream. I had to figure out what it meant and how the two are connected.

I didn't want to remember that dream ever again. But, somehow I couldn't stop. I just couldn't let it go. It replayed everyday until a tension headache usually emerged. But, this was the first time an item from a dream materialized. I picked up the invitation again. This time I noticed several numbers and letters embedded in the center of the design. I had to focus to read the small print underneath them. PRESENT THIS CODE.

Oh My God! I shouted. I flung the invitation to the floor and covered my eyes. It can't be! The number code in my dream. I hadn't told anyone about it.

As the invitation floated to the floor, I followed.

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How I created the wing portion of my Fractal Digital Art:

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Pulling it all together:

The last stage of my fractal drawing design needed the assistance of another program. I turned to Canva. Utilizing Canva as a design program means I have numerous tools at my disposal, such as resizing, animation, background removal, and filters. The design canvas is perfect for creating collages and image manipulation.

Here's my procedure.

  • uploaded my fractal to Canva;
  • rotated it 90 deg left to create an upright position;
  • changed canvas background color to black;
  • duplicated the fractal;
  • flipped the second image horizontally and positioned it next to the original to create two sides of the wings;
  • added additional, original fractal drawings created by me; and finally
  • added my signature.

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Tokenized art

I uploaded my fractal to the NFT Showroom. It's for sale there in tokenized form in my collection.
Size: 3000 x 2400
Link: The original fractal on NFT Showroom: "The Skull".

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I hope you like my Fractal Rendering digital art design.

I previously provided directions on how to create fractal drawings. To see complete instructions on maneuvering and manipulating the triangles, see my how-to post here.
Thanks for taking the time to view my post. If you'd like to try any of the programs I mention here, just let me know below, and I'll help if you require any.

@flaxz initiative #iamalivechallenge (Published my Fractal Rendering Drawing post today)

Thanks,
@justclickindiva

Happy rest of the week everyone with whatever your endeavors.

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SOURCES:

a) JustClickindiva's Footer created in Canva utilizing its free background and images used with permission from discord admins.
b) Unless otherwise noted, all photos taken by me with my (i) Samsung Galaxy 10" Tablet, (ii) Samsung Phone, & (iii) FUJI FinePix S3380 - 14 Mega Pixels Digital Camera
c) Purple Butterfly part of purchased set of Spiritual Clip Art for my Personal Use
d) All Community logos, banners, page dividers used with permission of Discord Channel admins.
e) Ladies of Hive banner used with permission of and in accordance with the admin's guidelines
f) Thumbnail Image created by me in Canva.
g) "Flames." What is Apophysis 2.09. https://flam3.com/

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Awesome artwork and neat little story to go with it. I also liked how you explained how you created the piece. Way over my head, lol.

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Hello @blueeyes8960. Thank you so much for visiting. I didn't do a lot of explaining about Apophysis 2.09. However, I have given a step-by-step tutorial before. I listed the link to my post in the bottom near the NFT Showroom link. If you'd like to visit, you can see the detailed explanation. It's quite lengthy, but informative.

I appreciate your support and the fact that you liked my digital drawing. Have a good rest of your week.

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Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
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Oh, WOW ... got me on the edge of my seat over here -- a story worthy of a wonderfully spooky piece of art, too!

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How great is this post! I liked your story, in the style of Lovecraft or Kafka, very good indeed; and additionally you present us your NFT, and in addition and as a bonus track you share valuable information on how to create and monetize NFT. Super cool. Thank you very much and best regards.

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Not sure which I like better, the story or the art :P

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hehehehe this one was very spooky! and the funny thing is - i didn't see the spookiness in this one (like i did the other!) hahaha

for this one - I saw a beautiful moth - for sure.. that butterfly feel came out strongly for me

I did feel all the emotion of the story though! but... to me - it didn't connect with the picture as much hehehehe

isn't that funny how people can interpret many things from art? your fractal art here is very much like a Rohrschach! hehehe

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