First, a brief note about this weeks drawing: This is the first week where something’s gone wrong in an unsolvable way. I had initially hand written the text but it had not worked well and I felt that it was certainly beyond saving. That is why the text this week is added by computer. It’s disappointing but better than the alternative.

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I’ve always found the relationship between the natural world and mathematics fascinating. Relationships between mathematical theories and art are already well documented. If you’re an artist, you’re probably familiar with the Golden Section and other related composition theories. But there are also undeniable relationships between organic structures and mathematical patterns which feel almost magical; an awareness of which gives such a profound respect to the natural world around us. Of course mathematicians and scientists would emphatically disagree that there is anything magical about this, but I’ll leave you to make up your own mind.

It was thinking back to a video that I watched, about how the Fibonacci series relates to a spiral growing pattern shared by many plants, that prompted me to explore whether there are any mathematical systems which I could incorporate into my mindfulness drawings. As I love drawing botanical inspired shapes it seemed like a natural progression. It’s something that I felt was particularly relevant to a botanical heart which I had already started to draw.

I found the solution to this desire in the exploration of fractals. This is something that I’ve been vaguely aware of for some time, largely due to my brothers impressive and extensive interest, however the equations and mathematics of fractal digital art go far beyond my understanding. I was however very pleased to discover that there is an application for freehand drawing. Whilst not precise it allows me to capture the essence of this mathematical drawing technique. Essentially for us laymans, it’s drawing using the same shape over and over again which vary in size but not in construction. In this way the relationship of the straight lines create curves. A more official definition is given as:

Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media.

Here’s some drawing I did to explore the theory, how it can be utilised within art and my exploration of how far the theory can be pushed.

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Anyway this is all getting me a little of topic but if like me you love nature, have an interest in biology or simply have a mathematical mind I would wholeheartedly encourage you to watch the ‘Doodling in Math Class’ video that got me hooked: