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*** Personal update ~ Skip this ahead if you will, it's not relevant to the challenge ***

So, if you're a watcher/follower of mine, you should have noticed I have notably cut my fractal uploads down to one every couple weeks. The reason? University. I won't paste here my super long rant about how freaking incompetent and mad some of my teachers are, but long story short, I have two more exams I must pass with a high grade by September and I only have two more occasions to do so, since I will lose the scholarship I won this winter if I don't. I need a holiday people. Please send me your good vibes so that I can pass by the end of July instead of dragging those creepy tests down to almost the start of the upcoming academic year! :frustrated:

Okay student ramble over. On to more important things now. :D

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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. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 39 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 38 by heavenriver
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


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 June 2012 challenge, themed "Sumi-e", 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 Elegene with Ghost of Sumi-e:

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A magical ink breach in a clear blue sky crowded with clouds: aside from depicting the sumi-e style rather faithfully, this fractal is, first and foremost, a breathtaking and exceptionally evocative piece of art.


Second place goes to OutsideFate with Stream Over Mountain:

Stream over Mountain by OutsideFate

An electric twist on ink blots, accompanied by a unique and unconventional rendering of perspective and shadow, make up for a completely modern vision of the old Japanese ink style, which still stands true to the original sumi-e ideal.


Third place goes to dabluetouch with Bleeding Thought:

Bleeding Thought by dabluetouch

The predominant bloodred motif in the upper right corner creates an explosive effect, very akin to the concept of the artwork. The stain stands out more than anything else, giving this fractal a deep, passionate, incisive character.


All sumi-e reinterpretations were very ingenious and deserve to be seen. So here are the others!

Sumi-e Sunset by fractalfiend Night Sky by Marys-ArtandPhotos Sumi e by TanjaGrimstvedt June Redux II - Turbulence by Gerda1946 You Mean Nothing to Me by snow-valkyrie Heart Of The Fractal by davebold370 By the light of the Shortest Night by timemit The Zen of Chaos by FractalEyes Bewildered by FractalEuphoria Contradictions. by CopperColour

We're done for June. On to July!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #18: July 2012



July's challenge will be an Other challenge - its title being Copycat Quirk!

This time around, the challenge will focus on creating UF fractals that look like fractals made with other fractal programs, as a means of exploring UF's possibilities as much as possible.
You may choose any other fractal generator you like and try and imitate its outcomes with UF. It is advised, however, that you go for something that isn't based on escape-time fractals, as most UF works are, since it would detract from the originality of the piece. I would suggest trying to simulate Apophysis or Mandelbulb3D, although you are not forced to pick either - it's going to be challenging and I bet there are many surprising outcomes for all of us to discover.
Here are a few very popular fractals from all over dA, made with programs other than UF, to help you get inspired:

The Silhouette by Jeddaka Breath by synconi Queen of the Rain by lindelokse :thumb146714293: The dream of a butterfly by titiavanbeugen Sierpinski Paradise by DarK--MatteR Rainy night on Ice Cold Ocean by marthig 13th Secret Of Cathedral Woods by MANDELWERK Hell Just Froze Over by dspwhite Spirals Of Time by NightmareTF Contact by TomWilcox Depth by ChristopherPayne Bronze Battlements 1 by MarkJayBee Minimalist Tree by Phoenixel-AB The C L A I M by MANDELWERK Rotary by NoEyedSquareGuy Sea Star for trafassel by bib993 Tokyo 17 by SoberDreamer Orange is the color of joy by schindlabua Sax by Taser-Rander Rosy Outlook by DeirdreReynolds Blackcurrant Path by Cosmic-Cuttlefish the fair by jost1 candyfloss by lyc Dream Blooms by Colliemom Between the seasons by FractalDesire Aphasic by Meckie

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 July 31st, 2012. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
The eighteenth edition of our monthly UF challenges comes together summer (or winter!) and a bandwagon of features, plus a surprise theme for the current month's challenge. Read on to find out!
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:iconmarthig:
marthig Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just today seen your message about featuring my "Ice cold ..." apo fractal. A very interesting challenge and beautiful images all :clap:
Hope things worked out well for you with your exams.
Was on and off communications because of my previous ISP, have switched to another one, so far it works OK. :iconhugglesplz:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much Martha, it does mean a lot to me. :aww: Also, best of luck with your connection :hug:!
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:iconmarthig:
marthig Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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darkn2ght Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
wow, this issue's one is so amazing i can't take my eyes off them!XD
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :aww: We have really cool fractalists all over dA!
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timemit Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hope i'm just in time Alice... been away and having pc issues!!

[link] :thumb317981657:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I've seen your journal! And yes you're on time. Thanks for the entry! :D
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Here is my entry for this months challenge. [link]
To be honest I did not realise it looked like a mandelbulb untill someone said so..;)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Thank you for entering once more! :hug:
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Got it here! Hope you like it too! [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'Course I do :lol: Thank you!
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:iconstormymay888:
stormymay888 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Disappointed I missed the last challenge but here goes this months [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your entry! :D
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:iconfractalfiend:
fractalfiend Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Here is my entry :D [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for entering! :D
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Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Digital Artist
My entry. Thought I'd try to simulate Apophysis - [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconmarchdupree:
MarchDupree Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch for the llama badge! I'll wear it proudly, and your fractal art is really good! The patterns are interesting :)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks to you as well :hug:
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Got some thing (3D experiments went good) and it is awesome!!! Cant wait to share but some finishing touches to do!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:eager: I can't wait to see it either. Do come up with something great!
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
OMG! Skulkey was so close!!! > [link]

When I saw it in smaller thumb I was shocked that he got there before I did but larger view gives a different picture. OHHH! A days is saved! XD
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
Come on don't worry, you'll have no trouble entering, it's not like you can't emulate M3D just because somebody else already did :D Good luck!
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:iconskulkey:
skulkey Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my entry: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for entering! :hug:
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beautifulchaos1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
My entry [link]
I came across this and it made me think of MB3D. I'm not that familiar with MB so I hope this is what you are looking for.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! Thanks for your entry. :D
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Pheeeeew! Nothing significant so far! I want to do 3D not IFS ! Nuuuuuu!
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Correction: *dumb in handling them*
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Come on! I know you can make it. If all else fails, try Slope formulas. :eager:
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
What? But Slopes dont fit with MB3Ds styled fractals? Slopes are just like 3D emboss effects? I was more into using those true 3D ray-tracing sort of formulas but UF is so dumb to handle them ... drives me nuts! :angered:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Er, please don't lash out just yet. :lmao:
Raytracing is cool, but general 3D is as well. You don't have to do everything like other programs, it's enough that the outcome is similar. :)
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:iconmarthig:
marthig Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How interesting to see one of my Apo fractals used as base, I am thrilled and honoured, thank you for including my "Rainy night ..."
Have been going through a case of the "doldrums" and trying to resurrect or find the old enthusiasm for dA activity.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: I hope you find your enthusiasm again very soon!
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:iconmarthig:
marthig Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart: :iconforyouplz:
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty then, here is my fractal for the challenge. [link] Also, I have update my journal to feature your new challenge.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet as ever. Thank you. :hug: :heart:
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature. This challenge will be so much fun. It will be featured in my journal when I get it updated (sometime today).
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much Jamie! Glad you had fun :D
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations to ~Elegene, ~OutsideFate and ~dabluetouch!!!

As always, all the entries were ultra-fabulous.

The new challenge is somewhat intimidating but if I come up with something, I'll certainly participate.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope I haven't made it too difficult :blush: If any, gnarls are certainly easy to imitate, so the challenge should still be accessible for everyone. :) Thank you!
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:iconfractaleyes:
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And good luck on your exams. Think positive "+" :w00t:
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jost1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Thanks for featuring my pic here, I hope it's an inspiration!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sure will be :nod: Thanks to you!
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Thank you so much heavenriver!

Well, now is the proper time for a big YeeeeeeeHaaaaaw
:iconyeehawplz:

Really did not think i could get any where near the first two places.
Big hand for winners and close ups!

Gerda (as in previous contest), fractalfiend, and Euphoria (hanne) were also pretty close. The next contest is also interesting but I can see, it will be more difficult. Lets go!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gerda's been supporting my challenges ever since they first started, she's really dear :)
There were quite a few entries I wanted to feature, but top 3 always has too little space for all of them!
Anyway, good luck with the next one! :hug:
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I am not sure you would like the idea or not, but I have been thinking of 5 instead of just 3 places. Look, the number of entries is a lot and the way I see it, you can fit just two more easily. But you see it better though.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, I have thought of it too. The point is that we have challenges with something like 7-8 entrants and it would sound unfair to feature 5 in that case. Kind of a shame for the only 2-3 people not featured. It's a side project I have in mind for when the challenges start becoming more famous though - increase the number of fractals in top. :D
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