Branching Fractal Sketches

I made these one evening in my studio in 2007. They are studies on the expressiveness of branching fractals. Each “twig” is a duplicate of the larger branch that it spouts from. I created each image by drawing a freehand shape, then selecting a branching pattern and adjusting parameters, the number of nodes, and the scale of successive generations. Increasing the number of branches makes a very dense image, but it also hides the overall structure.
I created these in my performance system, creating textures and a shader that would give me a look reminiscent of pen-and-ink drawings or woodcut prints.