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!
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
Sadly, challenge #11 is apparently a broken link. It's the only inaccessible one so far, though, so I may be able to restore it someday, if you guys wish me to.
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 November 2012 challenge, themed "Soft Light", 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 ~Gerda1946 with UF Redux - November 2:
An incredibly well crafted, beautiful rainbow spiral: the shapes alternate between smooth and rough, creating a sense of motion throughout the artwork, and the delicate transition from the green/blue hues to purple and red, paired with the prominent white, creates contrast in the artwork and gives it a great visual impact!
Second place goes to ~Fractalisa with Soft Gnarl:
As opposed to the previous one, this resembles a flow of molten lava much more! The warm hues are the perfect choice for the liquefied aspect that is proper of gnarls, and in spite of this picture being clearly gnarl-based, the artist still managed to give it considerable detail.
Third place goes to ~OutsideFate with Idea:
As expected from Misha, a very peculiar artwork: the neon green light breaks through the darkness of the background, creating a surprising and amazing visual effect. Everything blends in just the right way, for an overall really suggestive outlook - the very embodiment of mystery in a fractal form!
All other entrants deserve a feature just the same, so here they are for you to see!
We're done for November. On to December!
Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux
Challenge #23: December 2012
December's challenge will be a Style challenge - its title being Muse!
All artists have their own style, which is influenced by other great artists of the past, whose artistic traits are often seen in their admirers' artworks in turn. This is often true for fractal artists as well. Who's your muse? Show us by making a fractal that is inspired by your own artistic muse's style. This is the challenge for this month!
Your chosen muse may be any given artist, even another fractalist if you wish - only requirement is for them to be an artist in turn. Try making a fractal that represents their style, and don't forget to add a brief description in your artwork, in order to explain which artist(s) you've taken inspiration from and what kind of artistic observations brought you to make certain style-based choices in your artwork.
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 December 31st, 2012. Ready, set, GO!!!