*If souls were like a pair of jeans
Stone-washed my soul would be
Tumbled around since early teens
Wanting to just be free
Fringed and frayed, a bit less blue
From stones tossed by the Man
Heart full of holes, but yet still true
Not detered from my plan
I seldom mind the wear and tear
It was this way to start
Besides, it’s comfortable to wear
The soul of this old fart*
This is a fractal artwork that was inspired by the image brought to my mind when I first heard the term ‘stone-washed’ that was given to a brand new pair of blue jeans that looked like they were several years old already. I thought it was amusing the whole concept of pre-worn jeans for the price of a new pair. That lead me to thinking about how our souls are shaped by the wear and tear that our surrounding environment and society put upon them. I know… another strange train of thought… but isn’t that what makes it art in the first place?!
The artwork was created in Incendia using a gradient that I made in Apomap. ApoMap is a gradient editor that is normally used to create gradients for Apophysis, but after some experimentation, I found that the gradients made in ApoMap are compatible for use with Incendia when saved as .map formatted files. The border was created in Photoshop using Redfield’s ‘Seamless Workshop’ plugin to create the tile, and alpha channels to create the mask selections.
The original is 4800 × 4800 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. I have included a few detail cutaways below so you can see the detail. The detail cutaways are at 50% of the original size of the artwork.