Van Gogh Imitation: The Cypresses

This is a pet project that I have been working on quite a few weeks now. It is a fractal imitation of the Vincent Van Gogh “The Cypresses” . I love Van Gogh’s work and have even visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

This is a representation of a lot of work. I created this piece in Ultra Fractal 4.04 using the limits of the program. This in of itself is NOT what most people think of when they think of a fractal. Keep you eyes here, and you will see some soon, though.

What drove me to do this was you can often find artists copying a master’s work in a fine art museum, such as the Louvre. You can learn from what others have done and apply it to your own work.

I really learned to look at art here. I saw how Van Gogh layered the elements of his painting and I tried to follow the same method.

I recommend a project like this to any artist of any stripe. To my fellow fractalists, I especially recommend it. Here is what I recommend in handling this particular project.

  • Choose an artist or particular style of fine art.
  • Pick a piece that is not too complicated or one that fits your level expertise. Ultra Fractal users.: I recommend that you have a good grasp on masking.
  • Look at your chosen piece and see how it can be divided up into basic shapes, layers, or textures.
  • Print out a picture of your chosen piece and fasten it above your work space.
  • Take your time. Do not expect to finish this in one sitting.
  • Save you work in step, if possible, so if you make a mistake, you have an easy starting point.
  • Don’t be afraid to scrap something you don’t like.

If you do happen to create a similar piece of your own, I would love to see it. Please attach a put a link in the comments.

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