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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 July challenge, themed "Gnarled Grunge", 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 theaver with:

Grungy peace by theaver

The perfect depiction of grunge - coffe-coloured stains of dirt, which reminisce of the musical grunge movement. The convoluted patterns are especially interesting and guide the eye throughout the composition.


Second place goes to BlurWing with:

Gnarled Grunge by BlurWing

Because we all know there's order in chaos, and the prominent yet apparent axis symmetry that rules this fractal echoes the green-brown colour balance with yellow touches. Rudimental in the most positive possible way.


Third place goes to Paddlin-Maddlin with:

Gnarled Green Grunge by Paddlin-Maddlin

Acid green and dark purple blend together in a cup of gnarltastic poison coffee that's just impossible to resist!


This challenge was especially difficult to pick winners with and I'd have loved to choose other wonderful fractals from all our great entrants!

Tigers by Jimpan1973 Gnarly Orbit Traps by SuicideBySafetyPin Fire and Ice by jim373 Change by OutsideFate UF Redux July by Gerda1946 The Dead Leaf Echo by FractalEuphoria Fever gnarl by zesk8 :thumb228683947: Dead Cities by timemit



We're done for July. On to August!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #07: August 2011



August's challenge will be a Theme challenge - its title being Escher Reminiscence!

As probably all of you know already, Maurits Cornelis Escher was an extremely inspiring artist, possibly one of the most influential for the fractal art movement.
Our purpose this month is to create good tribute artwork for him - in Ultra Fractal, of course! Feel free to try and recreate his style (you can find many of his works all over the web) or make it your own, focus on other optical illusions, give three-dimensionality to monochrome works... everything goes, as long as it's Escher-like.
You can find lots of great op art examples over dA as well:

Geometric Design by ajbluesox Geometric Landscape by blue-brandon Mayflower Pier by seasonaldragon1 Trial by madbaumer37 Geometric Painting Color by lorienelf :thumb211226480: Geometric by Danwyx perspective by puppa-deeney A shape by Seattlantis

Also, here are some geometric fractals for your inspiration!

Tangent Plane by heavenriver Deco Echo by ersi -UnTrue- by silwenka Fortress by Sophquest Meet The QBerts by f--l--A--r--k 20040520 by s31415 Dodecahedron by PimpcessTyna Enter Sandman by magnusti78 Busted Pinwheel by VisMajor

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

This challenge's deadline is August 31st, 2011. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
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:iconpaddlin-maddlin:
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I'll get this bit right eventually...promise. [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah well, it happens right? :lmao: You're in, thank you.
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:iconpaddlin-maddlin:
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK Alice, here's my entry. Very last minute because I've been studying lately and not had much time to play. :rofl: Here it is :thumb255319703:
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:icondabluetouch:
dabluetouch Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my entry for the contest =)

[link] :thumb255178694:


Absolutely loved the idea of using Escher as the contest basis :thumbsup:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added :D Thank you.
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:icondabluetouch:
dabluetouch Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, thank YOU =D
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   General Artist
Here's mine :la: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added. :eager:
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:iconblurwing:
BlurWing Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Here's my Escherisk entry for Challenge #07: August 2011 Escher Reminiscence!: [link] :thumb253632696: :iconlawooplz:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Escherisk, as you say. Thanks!
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Here is my entry for the esher challenge: [link]
:thumb251858405:
:D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect, thank you :D
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
here you go :) [link] :thumb253056534:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great, you're in!
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my submission for the challenge. ---> [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added!
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my August entry: [link] :thumb251723968:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thank you!
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconjimpan1973:
Jimpan1973 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My submission for the Escher challenge. [link] :thumb251388352:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added :D
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:iconfractalinda:
fractalinda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   Digital Artist
All great entries and congratulations to theaver, BlurWing and Paddlin-Maddlin for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope to see your entry in this challenge.
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:iconfractalinda:
fractalinda Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011   Digital Artist
I'll try to come up with something that fits the theme.
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:iconzesk8:
zesk8 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to the winners :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, and also for participating!
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   General Artist
:noes: How could I forget this challenge! The summer weather has fried my brain to nothing and my muse is still in the freezer! I hope to return with something Escheresque, and btw, I love the theme for this challenge! Congrats to the winners :love:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't try and justify yourself just because it's summer, it's not hot in Norway at all. Think of summer days in Italy where temperatures range from 32C to 38C. :evillaugh:
(Actually this summer is particularly fresh. Like 22C to 28C on average :D)

Hope to see your entry in this challenge then!
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   General Artist
Butbut... :iconsadplz: It's too warm to me... I'm used to snow and rash winds, that's my right element, not humid warm days filled with mosquitos and angry wasps... :icontearplz:


Can you forgive me? :iconbegplz:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That emote is too cute to behold. Yes, I can forgive you. :lmao:

But seriously, wasps? In the countryside, maybe, else I've hardly ever seen them around. :lmao:
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   General Artist
Yup. August is the wasp month! Althoug this year isn't that bad. The wasps are slower, but angrier in august.. And I'm allergic :fear:
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:iconsophquest:
Sophquest Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   Digital Artist
:wave: Nice challenge! And thanks so much for featuring "Fortress!" :hug:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, hope to see you in!
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
well done to the winners..and everyone who entered..lovely pieces :clap:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! And thanks for contributing also.
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, this challenge is going to be hard for me. Abstract art and geometric looks have always been difficult for me. I will see what I can do. Oh yeah, and thank you for the feature. :tighhug:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :aww:
There's got to be some spice to a challenge, right? Try working more with mappings and geometric shapes - they can do!
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, then!
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:iconpaddlin-maddlin:
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Alice for my 3rd place here. I'm delighted. Also, congratulations to Thea and Kelcie for their great images and ingaining 1t and 2nd places. Well done guys. :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, and good work to you too!
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The winners are featured here: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks! Could you please add the link to this challenge's article too? :eager:
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!! And the link was there already!! The link goes to volume 7 with the winners of the gnarly redux and the announcement of the new challenge!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, perfect! Sorry, I hadn't seen it. Thank you!
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!! :D
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:iconersi:
ersi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
There are some amazing fractals here, thank you very much for including my 'Deco Echo' :heart:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all! Hope to see you in the next challenge.
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I am really delighted for winning the grunge contest, I had never expected that. I had no idea what grunge was but I aksed and looked it up so it became a stained something...and some kind of graffiti.
Congratulations to the other winners!
:party::party::party::party::party:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember telling you what grunge was. :lmao:
You did a great job. Congrats!
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