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

Mandelbulber Fractal Rendering Software

Mandelbulber is a software program created to capture images of the Mandelbulb and other 3D fractals.

The community members who discovered the Mandelbulb also developed two pieces of software for rendering images of it, and its family of complex, chaotic objects: Mandelbulber (Windows, Mac, Linux) and Mandelbulb 3D (Windows, Linux).

Krzysztof Marczak created Mandelbulber. Most of the images on this site, at time of launch, were created using the Mac version of this application.

For those wishing to explore 3D Fractal forms in greater depth, these programs are invaluable.

What is Mandelbulber?


Mandelbulber is an experimental application that helps to make rendering 3D Mandelbrot fractals much more accessible. A few of the supported 3D fractals: Mandelbulb, Mandelbox, BulbBox, JuliaBulb, Menger Sponge, Quaternion, Trigonometric, Hypercomplex, and Iterated Function Systems (IFS). All of these can be combined into infinite variations with the ability to hybridize different formulas together.

Visit to find out about the application, download it, and see some of the amazing images that fractal artists have created using the software.

Mandelbulber: 3D Fractal Explorer

The Mandelbulber interface. Among the first applications developed to view the Mandelbulb and other complex 3D fractals.