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 February challenge, themed "Oceanic", 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 `FractalEyes with Down by the Sea:
The elegant motion sensation created by the swirl of waves and bubbles is but one of the many qualities of this artwork: what is the most impressive, though, is the way the artist recreated a watery surface, exploiting the gentle crackled texture. A remarkable work!
Second place goes to ~Gerda1946 with Atol:
Simple yet evocative, this fractal really does resemble a distant island lost in the ocean. The deep blue surface of it is gently surrounded by greenish, shallow water which gives it a touch of variety and contrast.
Third place goes to ~roup14 with Cascade:
The smooth blue tones, alternated with soft reddish tints here and there, create a downward motion which is much like a waterfall. The center of the pseudo-spiral in the top left corner also seems like the eye of the storm!
All other entrants deserve a feature just the same, so here they are for you to see!
We're done for February. On to March!
Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux
Challenge #26: March 2013
March's challenge will be an Other challenge - its title being Fractal This Again!
The challenge idea comes straight from `FractalEyes, who Noted me with this great suggestion some time ago. Inspired by famous "Draw This Again" memes, this challenge entirely revolves around remaking a fractal: pick any one work from your gallery (it should be at least six months old!) which you still have the parameters for, and tweak it to your heart's content to make a new, improved version of it, that still retains its original leitmotif and meaning!
There's no limit to how much you can tweak, but you must make it so that the tweaked work still has similarities with the original, so that it can be recognized as an "improved" version of your fractal, instead of a work from scratch. Also, be sure to link your old deviation (the one you got the parameters for) in your new deviation's description and, if you wish, explain what kind of changes you applied, and why.
Here are a few examples of this challenge for you - artists do indeed improve a lot over time, as you can see!
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 March 31st, 2013. Ready, set, GO!!!