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Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 36

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 1, 2014, 9:55 AM
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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. 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 December 2013 challenge, and the deviations I've picked as the winners!
(Please note: do not feel offended if your fractals haven't been picked. Winners are chosen basing on their way of representing the challenge theme, and I always try to be as impartial as possible while judging.)

The winner of the Formula challenge is ConstanceKeat with Dragon:

Dragon by ConstanceKeat

The dark ambience in this picture makes the viewer sink right into the dragon's lair as it sleeps; the tarnished red is like red of only temporarily quenched flames. Beautifully intricate!

The winner of the Theme challenge is Fractalisa with Golden Christmas Wallpaper:

Golden  Christmas Wallpaper by Fractalisa

A really unusual, yet surprisingly effective way of representing a Christmas tree! The texturing works well as a decoration, and the shy green hues are like small ferns in the yellowish reds of the background.

The winner of the Style challenge is Gerda1946 with Dec13 Negative1:

Dec13 Negative1 by Gerda1946

Pitch dark, almost black, and with sparse yet numerous white lights, this fractal reminds of negative photographs a lot; the rugged edges give it an "old" feeling, just like sepia photographs.

The winner of the Other challenge is davebold370 with Rose of Butterflies:

Rose of Butterflies by davebold370

The non-fractal elements blend perfectly with the fractal elements in this figurative picture; the butterflies swirl around the flower gracefully, concealing their spiralling downward motion.

All other entrants deserve a feature just the same, so here they are for you to see!

Dec13 No Traps 1 by Gerda1946 Dec13 No Traps 2 by Gerda1946 Dec13 No Traps 3 by Gerda1946 No Traps by Fractalisa Mermaid by ConstanceKeat UF-Chall 35 - No Traps by Lupsiberg untraped rose by innac Christmas tree by adrymeijer Dec13 X-mas1 by Gerda1946 Dec13 X-mas2 by Gerda1946 Dec13 No X-mas for me by Gerda1946 Christmas Candles by Fractalisa Two Christmas balls by adrymeijer Noel Tree by innac Festive by innac Dec13 Negative2 by Gerda1946 Dec13 Negative3 by Gerda1946 UF-Chall 35 - Imported Image by Lupsiberg Dec13 Image1 by Gerda1946 Dec13 Image2 by Gerda1946 Christmas labyrinth by theaver Dec13 Image3 by Gerda1946 Old woman tells. by zisgul Happy New Year by zisgul Changing World by zisgul Nightly Impression by Fractalisa Fractal Horses by Fractalisa

We're done for year 2013. On to January 2014!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #36: January 2014

January's Formula challenge will be the TMA2 challenge!
For this challenge, all formulas used must be tma2 native, i.e. be included in tma2.ufm, tma2.ucl, or tma2.uxf. All other formulas of any given kind or type are banned. The restriction may seem excessive, but there are actually some hidden treasures in the tma2 family, so go find them!

January's Theme challenge will be the Hopes and Dreams challenge!
As the new year enters, hopes and dreams unfold. What are you expecting from 2014? What would you like to see happen in this year? What are your hopes for the future? What are your plans? Show us with a fractal! Be sure to explain what your work means to you in the deviation description.

January's Style challenge will be the Whited Out challenge!
All artworks entering this challenge must be largely white - either very light in colour, or with at least half of their surface completely white (or nearly white; minimal colouring is accepted, but it should be very close to white). This is a challenge meant to make artists work with negative space and exploit its possibilities within the fractal universe.

January's Other challenge will be the Diptych challenge!
Works entering this challenge must be either made in diptych form (with the Diptych UF mapping, for example) or be two separated, but related, fractals. Both halves will have to look similar and/or share a common theme, which must be stated in the deviation description, or at the very least evident from the title (example: "Black and White", "Day and Night", etc.).

Remember: to enter each challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal, and specify which challenge you are entering the fractal in. ALSO: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LINK THIS NEWS ARTICLE IN THE DEVIATION!

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

This challenge's deadline is January 31st, 2014. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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Happy 2014 everyone! Here is the first edition of the monthly fractal fun for the brand new year!
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My second white…, :thumb430398329:
heavenriver Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Entered :nod: Thanks!
Second Entries for :
- Diptych challenge:…, :thumb429941452:
- Tma2 challenge:…, :thumb429944459:
heavenriver Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both in! Thanks :nod:
Gerda1946 Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My entry for the Hopes & Dreams challenge

Jan14 Hopes by Gerda1946
heavenriver Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thanks!
Gerda1946 Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wecome! :D
GrannyOgg Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there

Here is another one for the TMA2 Challenge 
Plane CurvesII by GrannyOgg
heavenriver Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :nod:
My entries for:
- Diptych challenge:…, :thumb428285800:
- Tma2 challenge:…, :thumb428286532:
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