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Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 48

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 1, 2015, 10:49 AM

What are these UF challenges?
How do challenges work and how can I participate?
Can I help promoting the challenges in some way?
What if I have an idea for a future challenge?

You can find all this information and more in the Ultra Fractal challenges FAQ, which is also part of our very first UF challenge, the one for February 2011.
If you already know the rules, then you're good to go - read on for this month's challenge!

Previous editions:

You can find all of the previous challenges in this journal. Please keep in mind that the challenge rules changed after the 26th edition!

Links to ALL UF challenges (updated periodically!)Since the UF challenges are growing in number, instead of linking them all in each new one, I thought I'd make a collection journal for all of them. This will contain all challenges held so far, from the newest (top) to the oldest (bottom), all conveniently thumbed for you! It will also be updated each month so that ALL challenges are reachable from here, even the newer ones. And this journal will of course be linked in every challenge, to keep them all connected :aww:
Here we go!

Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 37 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 36 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 35 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 34 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 33 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 32 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 31 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 30 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 29 by heavenriver

Now we can go on with the last challenge's results, and then I will introduce this month's challenge to you all.

Here is the December 2014 challenge, and the deviations I've picked as the winners!
(Please note: do not feel offended if your fractals haven't been picked. Winners are chosen basing on their way of representing the challenge theme, and I always try to be as impartial as possible while judging.)

The winner of the Formula challenge is miincdesign with Fiesta Friday:

Fiesta Friday by miincdesign

The dark shades of the colours and the negative space make this fractal look like a nightly celebration, much like its own namesake! It feels festive and bright by the contrast, despite lacking actual lighting, and the shapes and gradient remind me of Joan Miró's works. Very interesting work!

The winner of the Style challenge is CoffeeToffeeSquirrel with Aurora Borealis:

Aurora Borealis by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

Absolutely fantastic, beyond words! The gradient in the background is perfect for the concept behind this fractal, and the stars in the foreground complete the picture by giving it a cheerful, bright outlook. The zigzagged lines in between also contribute to creating the "aurora effect".

The winner of the Other challenge is Gerda1946 with X-Mas Love:

Dec14 X-mas Love by Gerda1946

A simple, yet powerful image: red and green, the colours of Christmas, with a single mistletoe heart in the center and heart-shaped red leaves flowing about from it. It gives a strong impression of sharing the love, both for the festivity and for our dear ones. Christmassy all around, great job!

And then, as usual, please have a look at the other works by participants. These are the last ones you'll see of 2014 so give them a shot!

Teddy Bear Named Phoenix by Ampelosa Dec14 Phoenix1 by Gerda1946 Dec14 Phoenix2 by Gerda1946 Dec14 Phoenix3 by Gerda1946 White Rainbow by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Crystalline Sibyl by jucarbi NightSky by jucarbi Dec14 An X-mas Flower by Gerda1946 Dec14 Mistletoe by Gerda1946 SeasonSparkles by jucarbi

We're done for December, as well as year 2014 in general. On to January 2015!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #48: (month) 2015

January's Formula challenge will be the S.F.B.M. challenge!
Simply put, any fractal entering this challenge should use, on all of its layers, any type of S.F.B.M. formula (including S.F.B.M. II and variants) as the colouring algorithm (.ucl), whether it's inside or outside. It is advised that you also use a Pixel-based formula as the fractal formula (.ufm), although you may use non-Pixel ones as well, if you so choose. Make it so that the S.F.B.M. pattern is as clearly seeable as possible.

January's Theme challenge will be the Winter Wonderland challenge!
Another straightforward challenge: make a fractal piece that reminds you of snow, frost, mountains, and anything else that you may associate to a winter wonderland. It doesn't strictly have to be white, either, it can be of many colours! Make it so that the focus is on the season, however, WITHOUT festivities involved (otherwise it would look like a "copy" of the Christmas challenge we had in December). Just winter in general.

January's Style challenge will be the Cubist Comeback challenge!
This could be more difficult! You will have to make a fractal that fits with the Cubist style, as much as possible. Cubist artworks are generally geometric in nature, have clear-cut contours and often don't obey proportion laws. These are just some examples, though; feel free to scout for Cubist paintings online for inspiration, and if you wish to base your own fractal on a Cubist painting, that's fine too. Whatever works for you works for us! Make it cool!

There will be no Other challenge this month. As the requirements for the Other challenge are generally tricky and they get less participation than the others do, I am considering removing them altogether, and only keeping the other three. I also have more challenge reforms in the works - in light of the popularity of Theme challenges, I am considering doing two per month instead of one, and doing EITHER Formula or Style together with Theme. So that would make it three challenges per month, two Theme and one Formula/Style (possibly alternating). I would appreciate feedback in that regard, so if you want to contribute to the discussion, feel free to leave a comment in this journal!

Remember: to enter each challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal, and specify which challenge you are entering the fractal in. ALSO: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LINK THIS NEWS ARTICLE IN THE DEVIATION!

Please spread the word by advertising this news article - we definitely want more participants. The more, the merrier!

This challenge's deadline is January 31st, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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InannaQ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello all i hope you all had a good Thanksgiving for  those  that  live in the  USA  :)
InkCircles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
The mere fact this group exists makes my heart happy.
I-Am-Lady-Timeless Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so very sorry. I edited the initial FRACTAL MANIPULATION CONTEST journal in my stash which for some reason wasn't working right! It couldn't possibly had been the

Here's the correct link [link]

I will update my comments to the other groups as well!

I hope you'll participate and help spread the word!

Many Hugs! ~Kitty!!
remixedcat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
still think the name is funny
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   General Artist
remixedcat Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Flockling Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for requesting one of my art works. It's truly an honor. =) :hug:
quasihedron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx for the fave on "Bubbled-Fern"! :D
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
fractal1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I think this is one of the most original groups I belong to. I love its whole concept! Although in reality I may not be the world's most accomplished housewife, my fractals are always shiny and free of plant lice! :laughing:

I've been enjoying the fractals which this group has sent me. I don't remember seeing any of the ones I submitted, though. This may just be an oversight due to my tiredness. (Too much housework! :lol:) Is everything working as it should? They are in the folders, so that part is okay. I'll keep watching.
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