Each month the
Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity
Artist Of The
Month [AOM] ... May's AOM
is Linda McCarthy
congratulate Linda for her outstanding work in
Fractalinda is a fractal-fashioning fanatic who also works/plays in
3D digital media. More importantly, fractalinda is a daughter of
God, wife to John, mother to Laura and John, grandmother to Dallas,
JT, Dorothy and Emily. She has several online and offline friends
who she loves dearly.
How long have you been rendering/doing computer
I received a fascinating fractal image from a friend in '96 that
had been created using a KPT (Kai's Power Tools) fractal generator
and filters. I surfed the net for days just browsing fractal
galleries and images here, there and everywhere on the net,
gathered all the info I could and downloaded a shareware...or was
it freeware...fractal generator called Flarium. For weeks I played
and made pretty pictures. From Flarium I progressed to KPT, then
became a beta tester for XenoDream and ultimately found Ultra
Fractal; it was an instant love connection!
While I was working in
KPT, I happened upon Bryce..then MojoWorld and, finally Terragen.
Now I play in most of the programs, but primarily in Ultra Fractal
and Terragen. So.. I've been doing computer graphics since '96 or
'97. Fractal art remain my first and enduring love.
Do you have
traditional art experience?
None. I can almost draw a decent stick figure.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I've been experimenting with combining my fractal work
with my landscape imagery. A couple of online friends suggested the
concept. After some exploration, I've not yet accomplished an image
worthy of posting..but I continue to work to realize a good result.
I also have a website I've begun which remains, after a few months,
still in the very beginning stages. I'm embarrassed to admit.
Recently I purchased the technical preview version of Terragen 2,
which seems to have a steeper learning curve than The older version
of Terragen; consequently, I'm in the throes of exciting
exploration and trying to learn the program. Last night I opened
XenoDream after at least a month of leaving it alone..and found
myself doodling way past my already late bedtime. Besides the
aforementioned activity, I'm in the process of printing, matting
and framing a few of my better images to present to a local art art
galleries for exihibition consideration. Digital Art, in general,
and Fractal Art, specifically, seems to be slowly gaining
acceptance in the larger traditional art arena.
software/equipment do you use and why?
I use the programs I've already mentioned, along with Photoshop
Elements for the usual post-render enhancement, including resizing,
sharpening, level tweak and signature. I'm on a pc and have Windows
XP, with what I initially thought was ample memory and speed.
Needless to say, we will be upgrading again soon.
What do you think your best piece of work is and
I consider "Night Stalkers" perhaps my best piece of
fractal work because of the dynamic components of movement, texture
and color. The image has an exciting sense of rhythm and a pleasing
Why do you
like to work with Fractal software?
I've always been fascinated with the interplay of gradient, light
and algorithmic movement. Fashioning fractal art yields such
personal satisfaction, as I combine the various elements to effect
the result I'm looking for. A few days ago, someone asked me if the
result was more from randomly adding gradients and coloring
algorithms to formulae, as opposed to being able to control the
outcome. There are definitely the "happy accidents" and
epiphanies that occur, but, after years of playing and becoming
familiar with the different formulas and colorings, I can honestly
say I have much more control over the outcome than than I initially
did. In the beginning of my exploration, the result was primarily
dependent upon randomizing the elements. Now, I can say with a fair
amount of confidence, the opposite is true. Janet's classes have
helped me immensely, as I see a positive progression in my fractal
work and the end result because of what I've learned from
Another important thing to
mention is that I still "don't do math"...and because I'm
somewhat impaired mathematically, I rely completely upon formulas
written by those wonderful formula writers/authors whose brilliant
work allows me to manipulate and add to the base they've already
established...and hopefully translate their equations into fractal
Who/what inspires you?
1. The Grand and Almighty Artist, my Lord and Savior, Jesus
2. Nature - God's grandeur.
3. My husband
4. My children and grandchildren.
5. The brilliant work of several traditional artists, as well as
the awesome and beautiful digital art here at Renderosity and at
How light is presented in an image draws me to it more than any
single element. Both soft and hard light that puncuate design
I'm drawn to a picture
that stirs my emotions and evokes feeling in me, no matter the
subject. Color is important to me, as well, though my preferences
are subject to change, based upon the image I'm viewing. A soft,
complimentary palette appeals to me, as does the delicate detail
ordinarily inherent in a work that uses such a palette. On the
other hand, I like strong bold strokes and color combos with
striking contrast. It just depends... About the only colors and
color combos that assault my senses are harsh, neon combos that are
randomly and wantonly presented as an afterthought.
I am inspired greatly by eternal spiritual truths and prinicples in
which I deeply believe, and it is my fondest hope and prayer that
what I believe is reflected in my work and- more importantly, in my
life...because it makes up who I am.
In reference to who has
inspired me in fractal art, there are so many whose beautiful work
has and continues to inspire me in both communities; a few whose
work inspired me initially to pursue my own interestfractal art,
include Linda Allison, Cindy Meyer, Paul DeCelle, Kerry Mitchell,
Maria Kinsey, Tina Oloyede, Janet Parke, Jock Cooper, Edward Perry,
Bryan Smith and Mark Townsend. More recently I've been inspired by
the fractal art of Joseph Presley, Dirk Monteney, Evelyn Berkman,
Helen Grainge, Keith MacKay, Rick Spix, Lenora Clark, Denise Goldau
and Silwenka. I'm afraid my brain goes to screensaver more often
now, so I know I have omitted some whose great work I've been
Textures of Life"
How has this
online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships,
Everone knows I'm a gusher. I get real excited when I see an image
that touches me- for whatever reason...so I am known to go slightly
overboard with my complimentary comments; however, I've tried
really hard to tone it down lately...and pretty much to no avail. I
mean, staid comments and a simple "very nice" just aren't
enough for me!
Having written the preceeding aside, I will admit that Renderosity,
as a community of artists, has greatly enriched not only my
artwork, but my life. Because of a couple of chronic illnesses-
physical and emotional, I stay at home more than most. Renderosity
and DA have enhanced my daily life by providing me with the ability
to tour online art galleries on a daily basis and mingle with like
spirits and minds...giving and receiving feedback that is not only
valuable, but makes we feel warm and fuzzy and real good! I have
made wonderful friends here who will remain forever
Left to my own devices, I
have a tendency to isolate myself from the *real* world (though,
with medication, I've improved). My online experience, especially
here and at DA, has enabled me to express myself- both in
writing/sharing my thoughts and in imagery. I've learned a
tremendous amount over the years from other artists here. So, yes,
Renderosity has definitely enhanced my life.
Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?
I don't know about "parting advice"...but, I would like
to remind each of us, no matter our religious/spiritual differences
that we ought to be thankful for any talent or abilty we've been
given and have had the opportunity to develop in this community, as
well as classes and other venues...and for the platform Renderosity
gives us to share ourselves and our work with eachother.
I also wanted to acknowledge the tremendous talent that was
represented in each of those who were nominated for AOM. I
personally voted for someone else whose work certainly merits an
AOM status more than mine does, in my opinion. Also, a heartfelt
thank you to those who nominated me and to each of you who voted
Finally, my thoughts go something like this: The main thing is to
please God, our familes, then ourselves. If we inspire others along
the way with our doodles, then that's icing on the proverbial
Please have a further look
at fractalinda's Gallery!
sure to visit the
Gallery, and also
pay a visit to the
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Artist of the Month is
highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated
by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given
to this member for their collection of works for that
Since we only select one
AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular
month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works
for that year, and they are recognized during that
To learn more about
Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past
AOM's, please visit the AOM 2007 page, which can also be found on the
sidebar under Highlights.