Martin McBride, 2020-11-01

Tags tinkerbell fractal

Categories generativepy generative art

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The Tinkerbell fractal is based on an iterated function. Here we will look at an implementation using generativepy.

The basic algorithm is similar to the King's Dream fractal. It is best to read that article first, as this section mainly highlights the differences between them.

The fractal equations for Tinkerbell are:

xnext = x*x - y*y + A*x + B*y ynext = 2*x*y + C*x + D*y

Suitable parameters are:

A = 0.9 B = -0.6013 C = 2.0 D = 0.5 x = 0.01 # Initial value y = 0.01 # Initial value

You can vary these values to create different variants of the fractal, although not all values will create pleasing images.

The code also modifies the scaling factors (in the `Scaler`

constructor) to fit the size of the fractal.

Here is the result:

Here is the full code for the image above:

from generativepy.bitmap import make_bitmap, Scaler from generativepy.color import Color import numpy as np import math MAX_COUNT = 10000000 BLACK = Color(0) WHITE = Color(1) A = 0.9 B = -0.6013 C = 2.0 D = 0.5 def build_color_table(size): table = [Color.of_hsl(0.2*i/size, 1, 0.2+0.8*i/size) for i in range(size)] table[0] = BLACK return table def paint(image, pixel_width, pixel_height, frame_no, frame_count): scaler = Scaler(pixel_width, pixel_height, width=3, startx=-2, starty=-2) print(scaler.width) counts = np.zeros([pixel_height, pixel_width], np.int32) x = 0.01 y = 0.01 for i in range(MAX_COUNT): x, y = x*x - y*y + A*x + B*y, 2*x*y + C*x + D*y px, py = scaler.user_to_device(x, y) counts[py, px] += 1 counts = np.log(counts + 1).astype(np.int) max_count = np.max(counts) colors = build_color_table(max_count+1) for px in range(pixel_width): for py in range(pixel_height): col = colors[counts[py, px]] image.putpixel((px, py), col.as_rgb_bytes()) make_bitmap('tinkerbell.png', paint, 600, 600)

See the iterated functions article for a list of other fractal examples.

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