It all began with the fractal shown in the file ams-ani1st.jpg. I was noodling around in Fractint one day and produced this image. The more I looked at it the more things it suggested to me--an animal's skull, a pelvis, so I regenerated it at a higher resoIution, pulled the file into an image processing program & experimented with several filters, I wasn't satisfied with my first efforts, so I started painting (electronically, that is) on the image, resizing it, cutting it up, pasting it back down just as though it was a paper collage, producing anirefle.gif (Anima with Reflections) and Reflect4.gif (Anima), among others. I call the whole series "Anima" --female spirit force. I deliberately didn't try to make the image totally naturalistic--I wanted the tension between the images' computer-made and human-made qualities to be part of the work.
All the images are grayscale because all I had until recently was a grayscale monitor. Although I have been an artist using conventional media for some time, these are my first finished works using a computer. I don't know what I'm going to do next, but look forward to more experimentation and the exchange of ideas with other people travelling a similar road.
To that end, I'm maintaining a home page at http://hal-pc.org/~schaer. It has links to some of my favorite art sites and also a large section of links devoted to technical matters-monitor gamma, graphic file formats, html, etc. While you're there you can jump to Schaer's Portfolio or enjoy some of the fractal eye candy that's located in Schaer's Fractal Experiments.
Please note: All these pages were designed to be browsed in Netscape or Lynx, running on a PC with a 15 inch monitor.
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