Ego Palace concept by Sam Milchamp, courtesy of Marvel, based on artwork by Hal Tenny

Hal Tenny’s Fractal Art in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Nominated for the “Best Achievement in Visual Effects” 2018 Oscar Award, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 prominently features 3D fractal art created by Hal Tenny using Mandelbulb3D software. This pioneering use of mandelbulb art is a first for any Hollywood movie. Hal’s MB3D work was used to create some of the most complex digital environments in the history of film. The GOTG2 team used fractal geometry in a way that has never before been attempted.

"Striped and Solids" by Hal Tenny. Click for parameters.

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

Mandelbulb 3D Tutorials (images by Hal Tenny)

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