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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. 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
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


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 2011 challenge, themed "Obsolete", 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 OutsideFate with:

Family by OutsideFate

Something extremely creative and original, and not just for obsolete formulas, but rather on the fractal horizon in general! This small family nucleus of sun-heads gathers around an imaginary core, recreating a warm homely feel.


Second place goes to Jimpan1973 with:

Obsolete by Jimpan1973

Because obsolete isn't obsolete at all - and this is the proof. Beautiful, classic fractal shapes can be made out of the strangest colouring algorithms, providing the fractalist is skilled enough. And Jim sure is!


Third place goes to Paddlin-Maddlin with:

Impressions on the Beach by Paddlin-Maddlin

Smooth sand textures combined with Oriental patterns and sleek pink shapes make up for a good and original arrangement of fractal motifs, topped up with an unconventional use of perspective.


Not many other fractals have been entered in the challenge, but nevertheless, even those out of the top three are still worth having a look at:

Picnic by George13 Redux Obsolete by Gerda1946 Multidimensional Butterflies by Mabak Obsolete by caffe1neadd1ct Purplish Mood- Obsolete by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel


We're done for June. On to July!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #06: July 2011



July's challenge will be a Style challenge - its title being Gnarled Grunge!

Our purpose this month is to recreate a grunge style fractal, mostly using gnarl formulas and all its derivatives - vine, martin, popcorn and so on. Give an urban feel to your works and play around with brown, grey and green tones in your gradient tab. Show us what you've got! Winners will be declared basing upon their ability to evoke the grunge feeling with their artwork. Please note: this is not a formula challenge; therefore, as much as gnarls must play a relevant part in the graphical outlook of your fractal, you are free to use any formula you wish, even those not related to gnarls!

Here's a little grunge fractal goodness straight from your dA search engine:

Grunge by NatalieKelsey Grunge by heavenriver Graffiti Grunge by Paddlin-Maddlin Grungeville by teddybearcholla Grunge by SuicideBySafetyPin Grunge by SakuriaOfIllidan The Joy Of Motherhood by Brigitte-Fredensborg :thumb182390724: D60 by Theli-at Cappuccino by Loony-Lucy Vapour Trails by Complete-Loser

And here are a few selected gnarl-tastic works from all over the site:

-Gnarl-geous- by silwenka Royal Gnarl by fractek Stained-Glass Gnarl by Complete-Loser :thumb197031723: Beginnings by heavenriver Burn Wild by Golubaja Waving Gnarl by ReFa1 Liquid Smoke by Sophquest Scenario by Loony-Lucy Here Comes The Sun by AsaLegault Cascade by pinkal09 Knots on Wood by AmorinaAshton :thumb86441973:

Remember: to enter the challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal.

This challenge's deadline is July 31st. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Here you go :) glad to have made it this month [link] :thumb244991500:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, added it!
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
well done to the winners, ... grarly grunge it is :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope to see you in. :D
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I think it was not right to put a thumb here, now I try the link, I hope that is better. [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it's okay, just add the link to the article and I'll add it to the challenge. Thanks!
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I hope it works when i put the thumb link here for my entree for the contest. :thumb243909940: :D
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:iconpaddlin-maddlin:
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry Alice, The link didn't work, so here it is again [link] Let's see if that works.:D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that worked. Thank you, you're in. :D
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:iconpaddlin-maddlin:
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my entry. [link] Hope I've done this properly. Still not always sure I get it right.:D
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty then! This is my entry for the challenge. ---> [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty, you're in!
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp: You epic little monkey you.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I'm a monkey in the Chinese zodiac. How did you know?
:lmao:
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: Wild guess!
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:iconzesk8:
zesk8 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My entry: [link]

:thumb227282974:

:D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I added it!
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:iconfractaleuphoria:
FractalEuphoria Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my entry :thumb227142215: [link] ! Hope it's grungy enough ;)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course it is, and it's in!
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:iconblurwing:
BlurWing Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Here's my entry for July - Gnarled Grunge Style [link] :thumb221503807:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, it's been added!
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here my entry for July [link] :thumb220711351:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, you're in!
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK Thanks
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:iconoutsidefate:
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
[link] Here ya go!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Add link to the challenge please ;P
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:iconoutsidefate:
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I will!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Now it's in the challenge. :eager:
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:iconjim373:
jim373 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Here is my entry! :thumb217723252: [link] :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! You're in!
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:iconsuicidebysafetypin:
SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my submission for the Gnarly challenge [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, it's in!
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:iconjimpan1973:
Jimpan1973 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My submission for the Gnarly challenge [link] :thumb217224071:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Jim, I added it :D
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:iconcaffe1neadd1ct:
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I love gnarls so I'll try and take part in this months challenge too :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good thing, can't wait for it! :D
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The winners are featured here [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconteddybearcholla:
teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!!! :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconfractek:
fractek Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011   General Artist
thanks for the great feature
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been a pleasure :aww:
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011   General Artist
Congrats to the winners! Love this month's theme:heart: grunge :heart:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :heart:
Hope to see your entry in here too. :eager:
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Congratulations to all the winners! :clap:
But I have no idea what "grunge"means, let alone that I know what a "grunge feeling"is. Is that browns and greys or is it something else. ?
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the definition of "grunge", refer to points 1 and 2 of this page.
Ever heard of the band Nirvana and Alice in Chains? Well they're the big bosses of the grunge wave. :lmao:
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
No, never heard of them but I can look them up, I am not very much into what music young people hear these days.
From the definitions it does not really help a lot but the word dirt is something I can do something with...so it is those colours like brown and grey...:D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahem... truthfully Nirvana and Alice in Chains were fashionable something like... twenty years ago? :lmao: I know them because I like digging into good old '80/'90 music, but it's not something today's youngsters listen to usually. Still, it was great!
Yes, you got the basic concept. Listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana if you want some musical inspiration.
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Oh dear :blush:, you see I am not very well informed but after writing what I did I did realise that Nirwana was a group from longer ago, alice in chains was unknown to me. Somehow I think my knowledge of music got stuck some time in the seventies or maybe eighties. I found that the music you hear when you are still young always sticks with you and what was later you tend to forget...not everybody of course but those of us who do like music but that dont do much with it.
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