MB3D Parameter Set by Ricky Jarnagin

Renowned 3D fractal art maker Ricky Jarnagin has compiled parameters for eight of his fascinating fractal objects. Click on the images/links to open the params. Copy the params into Mandelbulb 3D, and go exploring! When you share your creations, please credit Ricky Jarnagin for the source parameters.

'Tweak Me PLEASE!' by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

‘Tweak Me PLEASE!’ by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"Fuzzy Lil Critter" by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

“Fuzzy Lil Critter” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"Holding Court" by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

“Holding Court” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"I See Stars" by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

“I See Stars” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"No Escape" by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

“No Escape” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"Standing Alone" by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

“Standing Alone” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"The Corridor of the Ring" by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

“The Corridor of the Ring” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.

"Floater" by Ricky Jarnagin (params)

“Floater” by Ricky Jarnagin. Click for params.


More about Ricky Jarnagin: artist profile and image gallery. These images are © Ricky Jarnagin/DsyneGrafix and appear here with permission.

MB3D Parameter Set by Hal Tenny

Hal Tenny selected this excellent set of his Mandelbulb 3D parameters for you to explore. When you share what you create, please credit Hal Tenny as the source of the params. Click on the images/links to open the parameters. Happy Mandelbulbing!

"Decorated Spheres" by Hal Tenny. Click image for parameters.

“Decorated Spheres” by Hal Tenny. Click for parameters.

"Frivolous Architecture" by Hal Tenny. Click for parameters.

“Frivolous Architecture” by Hal Tenny. Click for parameters. Continue reading

Artist Profile: Marc Vanlindt

Marc Vanlindt profile avatarMarc Vanlindt


Focus: 3D fractal art, Mandelmorphic art, Raw fractals, Fractal manipulation, Animation
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D, Mandelbulber, Blender, Impression3D , VoxelStack , Wavefront, Structure Synth, Gimp
Location: Liège, Belgium

About: Marc Vanlindt is a wide-ranging digital artist. We’ve collected a gallery of his Mandelbulb 3D images here. Beyond MB3D, Marc  employs a number of other 3D rendering and image processing softwares and has created images, animations, and tutorials in diverse digital environments. Continue reading

Artist Profile: Jorge Abalo

Jorge Abalo profile avatarJorge Abalo


Focus: 3D fractal art, Raw fractals
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D
Also: Information technology (IT)
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

About: Jorge Abalo is a self taught artist who has been making art for as long as he can remember. He began working in digital art in the 1990s, and did comic illustration, design (Adobe CS), 3D modeling (3ds max, Terragen, Bryce, Poser), and flame fractals (Apophysis) before being introduced to Mandelbulb 3D in 2011. Continue reading

Artist Profile: John Vega

John Vega profile avatarJohn Vega


Focus: 3D fractal art, Mandelmorphic art, Raw fractals, Fractal manipulation, Video
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D, Mandelbulber, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Poser, PerfectPhoto
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

About: John Vega is a visionary artist who uses 3D fractal software to create work that evokes the spiritual experience—dreamy atmospheric scenes that mix subtilty and drama. His work is philosophical, driven by theoretical concerns and the generative process. John uses science and technology to explore the nature of art and the artist, the self, and the creative experience. Continue reading

Artist Profile: Hal Tenny

Hal TennyHal Tenny


Focus: 3D fractal art, Raw fractals, Digital art
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D
Also: Author (Science Fiction)
Location: Danbury, North Carolina, USA.

About: Hal Tenny is well known in the 3D fractal art community as an outstanding artist and a creator of some of the most popular Mandelbulb 3D tutorials. He is a masterful MB3D technician with an amazing eye for color and composition. Continue reading

Mandelbulb 3D (MB3D) Tutorials

We’ve compiled a selection of Mandelbulb 3D tutorials that will help you get started in MB3D, understand fractal generation and the rendering environment, use effects like image map and volumetric light, and even prepare files for 3D printing. Many thanks to the intrepid artists who have taken the time to put together these instructional materials. If you have a tutorial we should add, please leave a comment below.

Web-Based Tutorials


INTRO: Using Mandelbulb 3D, MB3D tutorial by Hal Tenny

Cutting and Rotation, MB3D tutorial by Hal Tenny

The Tuberville Fractal, MB3D tutorial by Hal Tenny

Volumetric Lights, MB3D tutorial by Hal Tenny

INTRO: Mandelbulb 3D for Beginners, MB3D tutorial by Jody Lawrence Continue reading

Mandelbulb 3D (MB3D) Fractal Rendering Software

Mandelbulb 3D is a free software application created for 3D fractal imaging. Developed by Jesse and a group of Fractal Forums contributors, based on Daniel White and Paul Nylander’s Mandelbulb work, MB3D formulates dozens of nonlinear equations into an amazing range of fractal objects. The 3D rendering environment includes lighting, color, specularity, depth-of-field, shadow- and glow- effects; allowing the user fine control over the imaging effects. Continue reading

Artist Profile: Matthew Haggett

Matthew Haggett, avatar photoMatthew Haggett


Focus: 3D fractal art, Raw fractals, Digital art
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D, Mandelbulber, Adobe CS
Also: Professional graphic designer
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA.

About: Matthew, a longtime artist and designer, has been exploring 3D fractal art since March of 2012. He was a competitive mathematician in high school, and has been a fractal geometry enthusiast since the late 1980s. With BA and MFA degrees in art and regular solo shows, Matthew has been a staple of the Portland, Oregon art scene since the 1990s. Matthew works in Mandelbulber and MB3D, with image mastering in Adobe Photoshop. In his 3D fractal art, he uses the same compositional techniques from his paintings to create dynamic, visually engaging images. A synthesis of math and art principles, his explorations of 3D fractals take some very interesting turns.

“I try to make work that reveals the forms of these mathematical objects and, at the same time, explores principles of formal composition—color, shape, patterning, and so forth.” Continue reading

Artist Profile: Ricky Jarnagin

Ricky Jarnagin, Fractal ArtistRicky Jarnagin (DsyneGrafix)


Focus: 3D fractal art, raw fractals, digital art, Mandelmorphic art
Tools: Mandelbulb 3D.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA.

About: Ricky Jarnagin is a long-time digital artist. He discovered 3D fractal art in 2010 and has been working in the medium since January 2011. He creates art exclusively with Mandelbulb 3D. Of his MB3D images, Ricky says: “I fell deeply in love with creating fractals with this program.” Continue reading