There is a group at Facebook called Mandelbulb Maniacs which was founded by Ricky Jarnigan.
The group has people of all levels and skills with the program.
I've been working with Mandelbulb 3D for a few years now and it seems that I learn something every time I create 'something'.
I often mix up my media.
I like to use other programs such as JWildfire created by Adreas Maschke. If you like flames and colors, this is mind blowing stuff. Andreas is always working on ways to improve JWildfire and make it even more easy to create beautiful works.
This took a bit, but it really wasn't that hard. I started with Daniel Eaton's parameters he posted on Flickr, March 18th. I then created this piece with symmetry settings, and something called Layerz.
Lú Bendett is another artist I enjoy following and interacting with. He has Fractart on FB and his images area both JWildfire and Mandlebulb 3d.
Here is a fantastic fractal he created for today!
*Spring has Sprung in a Vase*
One other thing I'd like to mention, these two programs are free.
Yes .... free. Free to download and experiment with.
The FB groups are worth joining FB for just to get tips and ideas, as well as fantastic parameters that are shared.
I will mention one other program.
It is also free but the programmer has left a message that they are not developing it any more due to lack of funds.
There isn't a lot of extra help out there for the program and it is very resource intensive, however...beautiful things can occur when you mix your medias.
I used JWildfire as a backround IN Incendia and rendered the fractal flower into the image.
Here is a Mandelbulb used as a backround and Incendia used to create the final image...mixing the media is very cool.
So when the outside world is cold, damp, snowy, yucky, and you are looking for something to do, start playing with graphic art.
It brings color into your life.
My entry today for a 'spring like' fractal for Mandelbulb Maniacs was this: