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June 1, 2012
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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 May 2012 challenge, themed "Colour Me Not", 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 davebold370 with:

challengeNoColoursC by davebold370

A piece of artwork that inspires harmony and serenity much like Frank Lloyd Wright's constructions, this fractal fully expresses a deep balance between manmade structures (represented by the geometric black lines) and the forces of nature. Unique and fascinating.

Second place goes to dabluetouch with:

The Gift by dabluetouch

Fossil-like in structure, colour and lighting, this beautifully crafted fractal truly makes the viewer feel its consistency. Structured, wisely composed and evocative beyond imagination - a real treat for everyone's eyes.

Third place goes to Elegene with:


Unusual focal points can really do wonders at times: the rhythmic alternance of warm and cold tones in this artwork, joined with the dynamic and ever-changing shape, make up for a very well blended and characteristic fractal.

This month's entries were all absolutely exceptional. Not only we had many new participants: each of them also showed, with his or her own personal style, just how many wonders formulas and mappings can do, without a single colouring algorithm being used. Please take your time looking at their artistic efforts: they're definitely worth the trouble!

Dragons of the Sea by Leichenengel Single color by Jimpan1973 Echoes Of An Afterthought. by mikey1964 The Lily Pond by FractalEuphoria Rose Tint My World by ConstanceKeat T-shirth feeling by NewSoulImploaded UF Redux May Challenge. by CopperColour Sjamalis by theaver All Good Things Are Three by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Freestyle by FractalEyes Dancer by OutsideFate Color Me Not I by wolfepaw Banisteriopsis on the Branco by timemit UFMC16 1.2.1 by fractalfiend The System's Breakdown by f--l--A--r--k May Redux by Gerda1946 Knife Skills by FarDareisMai Pandora Flora by Shadoweddancer

We're done for May. On to June!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #17: June 2012

June's challenge will be a Theme challenge - its title being Sumi-e!

Also known as ink-wash painting, sumi-e is a type of Oriental art that focuses on black ink brush painting, without any other colours being used. The same concept lies behind East-Asian calligraphy. Originally born in China, this artistic current focuses on capturing the soul of the object presented, rather than its outward appearance.
Our goal this month is to recreate the same feeling of this beautifully inspiring artistic philosophy. The way to implement it in fractal art is entirely up to you. Please note that, while original sumi-e artworks are generally monochromatic in nature, you are not prevented from using colours at all - you may do so if you wish! :) There are no real limitations, so give it your best shot!

Should you need a head start, you may look at this UF tutorial I made earlier on: the style featured resembles sumi-e somehow, as I originally intended to recreate that one feeling when I first established that kind of style.
Here are a few examples of ink-wash fractals, both mine and not:

Ki by heavenriver Shotai by heavenriver Kyokai by heavenriver Makoto by heavenriver Iimawashi by heavenriver Kibun by heavenriver iron cross by skulkey turquoise love by skulkey un simbolo de eternidad by skulkey Rorschach by esintu Profile Picture by esintu Brood - v2 by esintu Emotional Landscapes by esintu Behind The Yashmak by esintu Zen by InfiniteIterations Ink in Motion by OutsideFate Scherzo di Notte by OutsideFate Nowhere in Particular by Linuron Twisted by Linuron Explosion Of Inside Strengths by davebold370 Explosion Of Life by davebold370 Misery by LeXXe Winter tiger by LeXXe -Hanami- by silwenka

And even more artworks coming from all kinds of categories:

Sumi E Crow on a branch by DeepRed1981 Mononoke: Kusuriuri VIII by muttiy Sumi-E - Tiger Cub by foxes76133 Sumi-e: Morning-glory by muttiy Sumi-e Horse by DeepRed1981 Sumi-e by sethdavidson Sumi-e Koi by RamonaQ Panda - sumi-e by SayuriMVRomei Peacock - sumi-e by SayuriMVRomei Chin sumi-e by DeepRed1981 Love in sumi e style by sefaguerrero Sumi-e Practice - 002 by Orcagirl2001 sumi-e mountains by WarriorAlien Totoro's Ocarina Sumi e by DeepRed1981 Christmas bird - Sumi-e by SayuriMVRomei Tomoe Gozen - sumi-e by SayuriMVRomei Eagle Print by Junryou-na-Kokoro Sumi-e: Beholding Majesty by catherinejao Sumi-e: Passage by catherinejao Sumi-e: Falling into Love by catherinejao Sumi-e Orchids 1 by Lunael Sumi-e Temple by lazypirate09 Sumi-e variation by stormygate sumi-e flower by agent-juarez Sumi-e: Red Maple FINAL by catherinejao Sumi-e: Along the waterside. by I-Devi Sumi-e: Foreboding by catherinejao

Remember: to enter the challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal. ALSO: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LINK THIS NEWS ARTICLE IN THE DEVIATION. (Sorry for stating it so strongly, but I've had lots of people saying they'd enter the challenge without even stating it in their deviation comments, so I figured I'd better add this specification somewhere!)

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

This challenge's deadline is June 30th, 2012. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
Seventeenth edition of the monthly UF challenges, featuring the wonders of fractals made without the usage of colouring algorithms and a brand new challenge for all of you to discover!
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I'd like to enter this for this months challenge. Just in time I hope. :) [link] :thumb311469568:
Thank you. :D
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you're on time! Thank you :D
CopperColour Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Thank you too. :)
Elegene Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! That is me here! I think I 'YeeHaawed' too soon in my last comment XD.

Here is my entry: [link]
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol'd, what matters is that you made it right? :lol:
Thanks for entering! :hug:
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Every time I tried to come up with something, it became something else but I finally got this - [link]
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's lovely regardless. Thank you very much. :hug:
timemit Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, here you go [link] :thumb309564622: :)
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Tim :)
SayuriMVRomei Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for featuring my panda:iconpo:and my peacock!!!:iconpeacockplz:
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