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Since I can't seem to get the hang of how this journal/news system works as I can only post journals, here is the new monthly UF challenge. I'll switch back to news articles whenever I can, I promise.

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. 29 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 28 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 27 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 26 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 25 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 24 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 23 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 22 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 21 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 October 2011 challenge, themed "Haunted Halloween", and the deviations I've picked as the winners!
(Please note: do not feel offended if you're not in the top three. Winners are chosen basing on their way of representing the challenge theme, and I always try to be as impartial as possible while judging.)

First place goes to snow-valkyrie with:

The Great Halloween Carnival by snow-valkyrie

Feasting pumpkins, tricks and treats in a dark atmosphere make up for a great Halloween-themed fractal! It's no surprise Jamie managed to pull this off - peculiar, "dark ambient" works are part of her style after all.

Second place goes to timemit with:

HooDootheVooDooUDo by timemit

It's a haunted Halloween wood, for trick and treat we're in the mood! (Pun intended) The colours match perfectly and evoke a very spooky atmosphere. Good job.

Third place goes to Gerda1946 with:

Where pumpkins come from by Gerda1946

Another pumpkin-ish explosion of color, with a very tasty outlook. Fractals such as this one could really make one hungry...

Only four fractals have been entered, so there are no more to show. What's up guys? GET YOUR FRACTALS IN! :eager:
Here's our last minute entrant by the way:

Punkrock Pumpkin by beautifu11ybroken

We're done for October. On to November!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #10: November 2011

(month)'s challenge will be a Style challenge - its title being Oil on Canvas!

Our goal this month is to make fractals that can simulate canvas paintings, or watercolors. There is a number of ways to do so, and it's not always easy, but it's well worth the effort. Some advice for you: aim for something abstract, work on color more than shapes themselves... on the contrary, try and "shape" your fractal by combining colors alone. Remember that texturing plays a big part in making your oil on canvas/watercolor a lot more realistic, so be sure to texture your fractal well!
Sounds impossible? Here are a few of my attempts at it:

Hollow by heavenriver Cloud Age Symphony by heavenriver About the Fall of Humanity by heavenriver Elemental Disharmony by heavenriver Heaven Awaits by heavenriver Another Trip Around the Sun by heavenriver Empyreum by heavenriver Haven and Solitude by heavenriver

Not to mention all the other dA fractalists who managed to pull off just the same, and with great artistic results:

watercolor bloom by fractek Watercolor Silk by InfiniteIterations Printemps by lindelokse watercolor wishes by sewer-pancake Kariena by fractek -GoldenSadness- by silwenka Antartctic Impression by raysheaf Life in watercolors by TanjaGrimstvedt State of U4ria by Rykk -GreenPeace- by silwenka The Fighting Temeraire by raysheaf

Need more inspiration? Here are more painting fantasies from all over the site!

Watercolor by Luchooo Watercolor: Hydrangea by muttiy Watercolor 2 by Santeri watercolor-hyacinth by sunaysenturk Watercolor sunset by Sunima Clock composition by AndreasZielenkiewicz Oil Paint by Babs13 SUNLIGHT THRU THE DROP AFREMOV by Leonidafremov Paesaggio onirico by insulla Watercolor by tylime Horse - oil on canvas by AndreaSchepisi Strawberries oil painting by belka10 Playground for a Seahorse by zanazac

Remember: to enter the challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal.

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

This challenge's deadline is November 30th. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
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timemit Nov 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
arghhh..hope I haven't missed the deadline Alice, forgot all about it :ashamed: , it's 11.30 here atm :)

[link] :thumb271742721:
heavenriver Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically you're over time but I'll get you in anyway for this time... just remember to be punctual next time around :)
timemit Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you Alice..I will :)
theslider Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ciao Alice,
volevo partecipare al Challenge #10: Oil On Canvas. Ho visto che scade oggi e la mia immagine la trovi a questo (in effetti è una via di mezzo tra un olio ed una acquerello).
La mia immagine: :thumb271395654:

heavenriver Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Se riesci a piazzare il link alla challenge nella descrizione entro la sera posso ammetterti :D
theslider Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ciao Alice,
ho visto la tua risposta solo ora... mi dispiace non avevo capito bene le regole... sarà per la prox volta.

heavenriver Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhm, riguardando le regole della challenge mi sono accorta di non aver specificato da nessuna parte di mettere i link, quindi ammetto di essere parzialmente nel torto.
Per questa volta ti faccio entrare lo stesso, ma ti chiedo comunque di linkare la challenge nei commenti, va bene? :D
theslider Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ti ringrazio moltissimo,
vedo solo ora i tuoi messaggi dopo una giornata di lavoro :D

heavenriver Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Di niente, piacere mio :D Anzi mi è servito a specificare una cosa importante che avevo dimenticato!
dark-beam Nov 26, 2011  Student Artist
Scusami ho sbagliato journal, intendevo partecipare quì!


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