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Hi to all three of you who are still here!

My apologies for not updating you in over a year (oops). I haven't been making fractals much, but I still love them and watch the new ones put up every day, sometimes even twice a day; not just the ones in my watch feed, either, even the ones under the "Newest" tag on DeviantArt :)

In any case, my life has changed a lot after university, more so than after the passage from high school to university. I have a full-time job in information security now, and I'm trying to learn the ropes of pentesting by myself, getting certified (I recently obtained my CEH v9), all that fun but time-consuming stuff. The good sort, though.

I log in daily to respond to comments and thank for watches, but most of my activity now is on another account. I've been pursuing digital painting, and while I'm still not great at it, three years of continued progress have done some good to my skills. If you'd like to have a link to my other profile, hit me up via Note! I'll be happy to keep in touch.

Oh, and this account is not dead - I might still make a fractal or two every now and then. Just don't expect it to be a frequent thing.

Thanks for all these years, getting on this website has been a great experience for me. :D

Points refund

Sun Apr 24, 2016, 12:22 PM


Since the UF contest that I'd set up as the last Redux challenge ended up not getting entries, I refunded the Points to their respective owners. Unfortunately, some donations were anonymous and thus couldn't be paid back... if you can come forward and prove (somehow) the amount you donated, I will be happy to give it back. Thank you for your generosity either way :)

Yes, I know, I haven't been artistically active at all. I still visit this website every day (no joke), but my creative juices are not flowing. I've been absorbed by my daily activities ever since I moved out and the new job takes a lot out of me. I'll get back here someday; I just don't know when.

Take care and thanks for your continued appreciation of my fractals! If you want to keep in touch, feel free to reach out.

Ultra Fractal Redux: Final Contest!

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 3:00 PM


Hello everyone! As promised, here is the glorious opening of the Ultra Fractal Redux: Contest!

I'll try to keep this simple and short. Here you go :)


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This contest will ONLY be open to the people who participated in at least two of the Ultra Fractal monthly challenges I previously held. In order to enter, please post at least two of your previous contest entries, as proof of your participation. Please note that this applies to participating entries, not winning entries. You can enter this contest even if you never won a challenge!

If you need help tracing your contest entries, have a look at the challenge compendium here:

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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 by heavenriver



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The contest will be open from February 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2016 inclusive. The deadline is at 23:59 UTC.

Participants may enter up to two fractals. All submissions must be raw, and fractal manipulations will NOT be accepted. Adding your signature or a frame to the image doesn't count as manipulating a fractal.

Submit your fractals by posting a comment on this journal and linking them. You may change your entries until the deadline, so if you previously entered a fractal that you want to swap for another, you are free to do so until April 1st rolls around.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST VOTE FOR THE WINNERS. IF YOU DO NOT VOTE, YOUR ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Please read below, in "Prizes", for further details.


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1st place: 250 Points + journal feature from heavenriver 
2nd place: 111 Points + journal feature from heavenriver 
3rd place: 50 Points + journal feature from heavenriver 

There's time until the deadline to donate prizes, so this paragraph will be updated accordingly.

HOW TO WIN: After the deadline rolls around, I will make a post that contains ALL of the entries. ALL CONTESTANTS - and only the contestants - will need to vote their 1st, 2nd and 3rd favourites. Contestants cannot vote for their own works. If you have entered the contest but have failed to vote, your entries will be disqualified!

VOTING IS PRIVATE - please send me a Note with your votes! Your 1st place will be awarded 10 points, your 2nd place will be awarded 5 points, and your 3rd place will be awarded 2 points. After everyone is done voting, the points will be tallied and the three top rated fractals will win.

Each person may only win one prize, so in the event that, say, Artist A made both the 2nd and 3rd most voted works, then Artist A will get the 2nd prize and the 3rd prize will go to the 4th most voted artwork. (If Artist B who won first prize has made the 4th most voted artwork, then the 5th will receive the 3rd prize, and so on until there are three different winners.)

The voting deadline is April 30th, 2016 at 23:59 UTC.


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The theme of this contest is Change and Departures.

That's it. Open as can be. Do your best to make it fit evidently into your work and you will be prized! Probably, that is, because the winners are decided by the participants. :D


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Thank you for having participated in the UF challenges for all these years! My work wouldn't have made sense without you. Enjoy the contest :)



Greets everyone, I hope you're spending great Christmas holidays (if you celebrate) :)

Things have been crazy for me, thankfully in a good way. In the past month I've moved out and started a new job (my first one in my field of choice). It's a lot more demanding, but also a lot more satisfying than what I was doing before. I live in a city called Bologna now, much colder than the Rome I was used to, but also much better in a lot of other ways; my commute to work has been cut to one fifth of what it was before, and the huge saved time really makes a difference. (Doing chores is still very boring, though.)

That aside, the important announcement that I wanted to make with this journal is that I'm suspending my involvement with the fractal community permanently. The reason is that, for everything I did, I feel damn underappreciated. I never got to be a fractal CV, despite trying for years, and never got an interview, a mention, ANYTHING besides (of course) the due credit when I was asked to do work. My motivation used to be incredible, and it has slowly sunk into a hole until I completely stopped caring. I don't want to be a CV anymore. I don't want to do anything. I will still be making fractals - I'm currently taking a break to adjust to my new life, but I expect to get back to them in early 2016, around late January or maybe February - but I won't be participating in groups, making articles, or holding contests anymore. That also means that the UF Challenges are over.

As a grand closure sort of thing, I'll be holding only one last UF Challenge, which will last three months and be a contest with Points as prizes, starting February 2016, which would have been the fifth anniversary of the UF Challenges in their whole. Participation will be open to everyone who has entered AT LEAST two UF Challenges Redux in any edition from #1 to #58. (Please link two of your entries so I can remember them!) You can donate to my donation pool, always open on my profile. The current balance is 6,178 on the clock, but I spent those Points, so I don't have them now. Every single point past 6,178 will go to the contest prizes! I will update this journal with the accrued Points amount. If you want to donate features instead, you are welcome to do so! Post here and tell me what you're willing to contribute. I'll keep track of the prizes in this list.
Also, by all means post if you want to be a judge! Depending on the number of people who offer to judge, I may or may not have to reject some applications, but I'm not expecting to do so a lot (if at all). Please chip in if you feel like! Otherwise it would be just me evaluating the artworks, which doesn't feel fair.

Points donated so far: 411 (to be split between the first three winners)
Winning artists will get featured by: heavenriver
Judges: heavenriver

Special thanks to all of my fractal friends for all these years of merry fractal-making. You know who you are :D

Please don't make comments or send me Notes trying to make me change my mind! My decision is FINAL. I have been thinking this for a LOT longer than just the time needed to type it out. I would like to keep the journal discussion to life events / contest preparation / other topics of interest that aren't about how much I need to think it over. Thank you.



I'm going to be away for the best part of December, as I'm moving to a new flat in a new city where I won't have Internet for the time being. Since the move is happening tomorrow, I'm featuring the winners of the November challenges now, and there won't be a Redux challenge in December. Here goes!

Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 58What 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!

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


The winner of the Formula challenge is aartika-fractal-art with Logspiral-02:

Logspiral-02 by aartika-fractal-art

The elegance of this work is outstanding; the faint hues, perfectly blended between red and green - which almost don't look like they were opposites on the colour spectrum at all - create a feeling of stillness and peace like no other, making up for a soothing, calming view.


The winner of the Style challenge is Velvet--Glove with Fractal Vector Garden:

Fractal Vector Garden by Velvet--Glove

The interpretation was just about perfect in this one! The shades of blue and green fading to yellow are lively and bright, and seem to echo a jolly, whimsical petal dance. Remarkable work!


There's no winner for the Theme challenge because there were no entries. Now enjoy the ones that didn't place!

UF-Chall 58 - Log Spiral by Lupsiberg  UF-Chall 58 - Log Spiral 2 by Lupsiberg  Redux Nov15 Log Spiral 1 by Gerda1946  Nov15 LogSpiral2 by Gerda1946  Redux Nov15 - The Eye of the Storm by Gerda1946  Sunrise by FractalEyes  Log-spiral-08 by aartika-fractal-art  Log-spiral-12 by aartika-fractal-art  There's Always a Bright Side by Velvet--Glove  Fabulous Vectors by miincdesign  Redux Nov15 A Twisted Vector by Gerda1946  Redux Nov15 Vector by Gerda1946  Redux Nov15 We All Stand Together by Gerda1946  UF-Chall 58 - Vector Art by Lupsiberg  Vector Art 05 by aartika-fractal-art

I'll be back with a journal entry (personal kind) after I get internet again and I'm all settled and comfortable with my new life. I will be away from DeviantArt until then, so I won't be able to respond to messages, comments or Notes. Take care and I'll see you then :)

Friend needs help

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 1:04 AM


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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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 October 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 StottyK with Mandel Steppes:

Mandel Steppes by StottyK

For such a limiting challenge restriction, a truly beautiful piece came out! The intricacy of the patterns around the minibrot are great to make the tiny details pop out, and the undying classic is celebrated in all its fractal glory.


The winner of the Theme challenge is AnnaKirsten with Sun Dogs:

Sun Dogs by AnnaKirsten

An entry that is nothing short of amazing. Anna has proven her worth in the fractal landscapes department, but this work truly takes the cake for blending in shapes, tones and a faint, evening atmosphere together all in one piece. Masterful and pleasant to look at!


The winner of the Other challenge is Velvet--Glove with Flower Crush:

Flower Crush by Velvet--Glove

A most unusually flowery way of celebrating the colour orange, and yet there it is, stretching out a flurry of leaves, petals, and tiny bokeh dots. This piece is exceptionally lively and bright, the perfect way of homaging an equally vivid and warm colour tone.


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

The Great Pumpkin Fractal by FractalEyes Contour mapping by StottyK Halloween Howler 2 by wolfepaw Redux Okt15 Hevinsky Angel by Gerda1946 Redux Okt15 Henon Escape by Gerda1946 Halley's Cavern by Velvet--Glove Harlequin Under the Hammer by Velvet--Glove Hip Squares by Ampelosa Hopping Harry by Ampelosa Fiery Gnarl by wolfepaw Tunnel Vision by Velvet--Glove Redux Okt15 Pumpkin by Gerda1946 Redux Okt15 Orange it is!! by Gerda1946 Out of the fire by StottyK Orange Dreamsicle by miincdesign UF-Chall 57 - Orange Crush by Lupsiberg Beast in the Orange Cage by Ampelosa Web of the Kukulkania Spider by Ampelosa

We're done for October. On to November!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #58: November 2015



November's Formula challenge will be the Log Spiral challenge!
This is much more straightforward than your usual Formula deal: entries in this challenge will have to use the mapping Log Spiral, found in dmj3.uxf, on all layers. No other mappings are allowed. There are no restriction on fractal formulas or colouring algorithms. Make an interesting spiral... in a non-traditional way!

November's Theme challenge will be the Waiting Game challenge!
Fractals entering this challenge should express the concept of waiting. Whether an only-just-started wait, a long one, or a just-finished one, or something that has been suspended indefinitely, or simply delayed... what is there to that wait? Anticipation? Doubt? Anxiety? A mix of curiosity and being antsy for something new that is about to happen? That's up to you to say! The theme may look complex to put into a fractal, but it's entirely open to interpretation; don't be afraid to tweak it around.

November's Style challenge will be the Vectort Art challenge!
Vector art is an entirely digital art form, both figurative and abstract, which is largely based on laying areas of flat colour or lightly shaded colours and then juxtaposing them. Our goal for this month will be to create a fractal which looks like a vector artwork! A suggestion: to do this, work mostly in the gradient editor. It IS simpler than it sounds. :)



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 November 30th, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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Fractal Art
As a form of art that has a small niche of its own, fractal art can be surprisingly difficult to get into. There is less of a "standard" learning curve, less resources (and less diversified resources, too), and many fractalists, myself included, find it hard to put the words "Ultra Fractal" and "tutorial" in the same sentence.

So how does a greenhorn fractalist, or even just someone fascinated with the fractal world, actually break in? How do the pros make what they do? Of course, there is no single master plan to follow on one's learning path, but after my nearly six-year long experience as a fractalist, with multiple programs, I have gathered a set of tips and tricks that have personally helped me a LOT with this task. I hope fellow beginners will find them useful, too - and hopefully learn faster than I have!

1. The #Aposhack


Despite what the name may suggest, this chat is, in fact, a fractal chat for more than just Apophysis. You can often find people in it sharing parameters - doing what we call a "param pong" - and posting them repeatedly, tweaking each other's. Getting to know a person's fractal style first hand is one of the best possible learning experiences for a beginner in this field, and is highly recommended! I went there a lot in my Apophysis days.


2. Resources, resources, resources


This varies from program to program, but there are usually resources to kickstart new fractalists into the field in all of the major fractal generators. Tips for the three main fractal programs are as follows:

Apophysis: DeviantArt has a HUGE collection of Apophysis tutorials - just browse "apophysis tutorial" in the searchbox and they will all come up. While these usually teach a specific style, and many of them are not very flexible/customisable unless you're already good at using the program, they're great for familiarising with it and starting to explore on your own.

Ultra Fractal: This was by far the hardest to learn, at least for me. Unlike Apophysis, there is a serious shortage of tutorials here, and that, I suspect, is due to the nature of the program itself: Ultra Fractal is extremely vast and very flexible, and creating a "style" goes different ways than it does in Apophysis. However, there are other ways of learning: aside from the aforementioned Aposhack, you can browse for parameters and/or ask people to share their own. I also personally hold monthly challenges with given restrictions, which may even help beginners focus on specific aspects of the program and figure out the rest by experimentation. A personal recommendation is Janet Parke's (aka infinite-art) Ultra Fractal ebook courses. They cover theory and practice alike, from the very basics to developing a style of your own, and they are EXTREMELY content-heavy and will definitely leave you fully satisfied for their price.

Mandelbulb3D: The best place to start is HalTenny's series of tutorials: first, second and third. These teach the basics of the program and will help you familiarise with its controls. From there on out, you have a choice of the following: Don Whitaker's YouTube series on the program, a vast selection of guides and parameters that you can pick from either here or here, or you could just browse M3D-Parameters and decide for yourself which of them are worth exploring and tweaking. Many thanks to Sabine62 for providing all these useful Mandelbulb tips! :)

There is also a dedicated group for fractal resources that you can browse.


3. Exchange parameters often


If you start making friends in the community - and I recommend having friends of different skill levels! - and you feel comfortable enough asking them for their parameters often, definitely do so, and send back some parameters in return. Establishing a correspondence like this will create a reciprocal influence in your styles, which may even evolve into customising your own! And if not, it's still an experience that's entirely worth it.


4. If a program doesn't work, try another


The first fractal program I used was Apophysis. I loved it, but over time, I realised that my skills weren't evolving in a direction that I wanted them to, and my creativity eventually dried out. I felt as though I wasn't making anything original, and/or that what I was making may be pretty, but didn't feel entirely "my own" as I had borrowed too much from someone else's style.
It can happen. Some people make brilliant works with this program, but perhaps I wasn't made to be one of them. After facewalling for about six months in Ultra Fractal, however - much longer than it took me to learn Apophysis - I started figuring out how to give a direction to my style, and have been forging and building techniques ever since. I am really happy with this choice.
If your first fractal program isn't for you, just change it! Perhaps what you're looking for is something different, and what you want to make goes beyond the capabilities of what you presently have. Never be afraid of trying out new things, you never know where experimentation may take you.


5. NEVER give up!


The first and foremost quality that's a must for every fractalist, as well as just about any artist, is perseverance. Practice makes perfect. It can take a really long time to master an art - it took some painters a lifetime, even - but don't forget that, if you're having fun and thoroughly enjoying what you do, there's nothing stopping you from becoming the next Picasso of the fractal world.

So roll up your sleeves, and start fractaling!



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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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 September 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 StottyK with Breakout:

Breakout by StottyK

The fighting pixels, swirling against one another to gain the spotlight in this artwork, do more than justice to its title. Well executed, dynamic, and varied but not too aggressive on the eye, this is definitely not the kind of shape you'd expect from a Talis - and yet it's right here, before our eyes.


The winner of the Theme challenge is FractalEyes with Climate Change:

Climate Change by FractalEyes

The harshness of this piece of work is staggering: it looks like a mountain landscape as seen from above, completely dry and devoid of water. It makes the observer reflect, and perhaps even worry, about the climate conditions we live in. The artist has done an excellent job conveying the complex concept it represents in a simple, straightforward way!


The winner of the Style challenge is Velvet--Glove with The Illusory Leaf:

The Illusory Leaf by Velvet--Glove

The amazing optical illusion in this is a faint, slow dance between the petals of the imaginary flower, that tilts slightly from the core, first towards the left and then the right, seemingly zooming in and out rhythmically. A wonderful piece, which would impress even the optical artists of bygone times.



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

Redux Sept15 Talis 1 by Gerda1946 Redux Sept15 Talis 2 by Gerda1946 UF-Chall 56 - Talis by Lupsiberg Archery Contest Bulls Eye by Ampelosa Talis Arrangiert Dunne Rechteche by Ampelosa Nocturnal Hurricane by Ampelosa Cockfight with a Rabid Walrus by Ampelosa Sun Collides with Red Giants by Ampelosa Hubris Finally Meets Reality by Ampelosa Redux Sept15 - Op-art by Gerda1946 Redux Sept15 - Gnarl Fun by Gerda1946 Redux Sept15 - Playing the Piano by Gerda1946 UF-Chall 56 - Op art by Lupsiberg Guppy Visits the Mad Hatter's Attic by FractalEyes Optics by StottyK Kalleidotessalated by Ampelosa Nightlife in Kenmore Square by Ampelosa Flower Vendor's Boogie by Ampelosa

We're done for September. On to October!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #57: October 2015



October's Formula challenge will be the Some Kind of Halloween challenge!
In honour of the upcoming Halloween, all fractals entered in this challenge must use formulas beginning with H exclusively. This applies to fractal formulas, colouring algorithms, and mappings. Everything is permitted, so long as its beginning letter is H. (If there are several words in the title, it is sufficient that the first of the words start with H.) Many of these formulas are unheard of, which is an excellent excuse to explore them!

October's Theme challenge will be the Miracles challenge!
Whether you believe in miracles or not, have you ever had something absolutely extraordinary happening to you, or wished it would happen? Or perhaps you would rather focus on something which would be amazingly beneficial for humanity in its whole, so beneficial it would almost be miraculous, like world peace? Now translate that into a fractal as well as you can, and you're done. Entrants here will be prized both for concept and execution, so give it your best shot.

October's Other challenge will be the Orange Crush challenge!
The "theme" of this challenge is orange. Every single fractal entering it must have orange as its main (or only) colour. Other colours allowed include the shades close to it, such as brown or red, and of course, black and white are permitted as well. However, the fractal in its entirety must be inequivocably identifiable as "orange". Like a pumpkin! :)




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 October 31st, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:



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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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 August 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 littledeviltoo with Gaussian Dreams:



A beautiful mixture of colours, masterfully highlighted by the simplicity of the shapes. Despite the great limitations imposed on this challenge, the artist was able to make a complex enough artwork to be intriguing, and yet not lose any of the Gaussian beauty. Great work!


The winner of the Theme challenge is FractalEyes with Across the Universe:

Across the Universe by FractalEyes

Soft and wonderful composition, which perfectly reflects the feelings given by seeing a clear night sky. The self-contained spiral swirls gently alongside the stars, lulling the viewer in a seemingly magical slumber. Calming and deep, it has everything a fractal needs.


The winner of the Style challenge is Velvet--Glove with Nouveau:

Nouveau by Velvet--Glove

The very incarnation of Art Nouveau! The petals are textured just the right way to look like silk, and the background, with its golden jewels and soft green fabric, completes the picture perfectly. There could be no better tribute to this type of art.


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

Inside the Sunflower Galaxy by Ampelosa Blade Brew by Velvet--Glove Patchwork Brew by Velvet--Glove Redux Aug15 Gaussian Gnarl by Gerda1946 Redux Aug15 Gaussian Heart by Gerda1946 Redux Aug15 Gaussian Summer by Gerda1946 Something Spotted by miincdesign Peepholes by StottyK Through the Woods by FractalEyes Tingyr by zisgul Earth in Turmoil by zisgul At the end of the Horizon by zisgul Twilight Rainbow by Ampelosa Polycyclic Vision by Ampelosa Garden on Cape Gauss by Ampelosa Emanations by jucarbi Ring of Supernovas by Ampelosa SN 1972E Supernova by Ampelosa Iota Orionis by Ampelosa Redux Aug15 Art Nouveau #5 by Gerda1946 Redux Aug15 Art Nouveau #4 by Gerda1946 Deko 1 by zisgul Art Deko 2 by zisgul Art Deko 3  Tiffany by zisgul Nouveau Nouveau by FractalEyes Art of New by miincdesign Tribute to Princezna Hyacinta by Ampelosa Ein Jugendlicher Mann by Ampelosa Autumn in Bilibin's Garden by Ampelosa :thumb557293694:

We're done for August. On to September!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #56: September 2015



September's Formula challenge will be the Talis Tales challenge!
Any fractal entering this challenge MUST be made exclusively of Talis fractal formulas. The colouring algorithm is free to choose, and mappings are allowed, but only so long as they don't completely skew the fractal shape into something entirely different. You can find most Talis formulas in vdb.ufm, but there are others too; just use "Talis" as the keyword and hit the UF "Search" function.

September's Theme challenge will be the Nemesis challenge!
Is there something that really pisses you off? Anything that you wish you NEVER had to do or deal with? This is your chance to turn it into something visual: the theme challenge this month revolves around your nemesis! It can be anything from mosquitoes to world hunger, your pick. Make your feelings about it as clear as possible; the most original and on-point depiction will be rewarded.

September's Style challenge will be the OP-Eration Revival challenge!
This challenge is centered around op art, also called optical art. With the capabilities of Ultra Fractal, recreating a piece of optical art should be a cakewalk. If you have never dipped your toe into mappings, this is an excellent chance to do so and show off what you can do with them!



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 September 30th, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

Thank you!

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 2:14 AM


I woke up this morning to the pleasant surprise of a new Daily Deviation.

Kinte by heavenriver

So I would like to take a moment and thank ThoughtWeaver for suggesting it. By the way, he has an amazing gallery which you should totally check out, if you are into fractal art!

These past few months I've been feeling like I don't have anything interesting to show with my new works, and I've considered multiple times to just quit fractal art altogether. I'm still on the fence about whether or not I should keep producing, but this overwhelming amount of appreciation has made me reconsider, and I hope I can still pull off interesting stuff to see for as long as I decide to stay within the panorama.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around. I will probably post a life update sometime in the medium term (a few months from now) since there's been a lot going on in my life, some of which I feel you people should know about. But the time is not right yet :) So for now, enjoy my DA questionnaire. Cheers!
  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? Almost six years now. I made this account on September 24th, 2009.

  2. What does your username mean? It's a reference to Dante's Divine Comedy, specifically the piece between Purgatory and Paradise, where there is said to be a river (the River of Eden/Heaven) in which souls cleanse themselves from sin before they depart for eternal beatitude. I'm not religious myself, but I really liked the imagery. :)

  3. Describe yourself in three words. Oh my, that's hard. Hmm... let's go with: dedicated, straightforward, analytical.

  4. Are you left or right handed? Right handed. I can do things with my left hand, but I can't write for shit. :P

  5. What was your first deviation? If I still have them all, I think it was this one. Funny how I thought I would just use this account for Pokémon fan art... and look at me now. :lol:

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? Fractal, of course!

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Space art, I think. I'm interested in several types, but I'd give anything to be able to make breathtaking spacescapes.

  8. What was your first favourite? It was a deviation that's no longer available on DA. Pokémon fanart, although I don't remember the subject specifically (I added a few to my favourites when I first joined).

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? My entire Favourites folder is packed with fractal art alone. Enough said :P

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? I can't pick just one! If I have to narrow it down to two, then I'd say OutsideFate for his amazingly unique abstracts, and LeXXe for his incredibly vibrant colours and lighting. Those two, alongside Stevi0d, are my biggest artistic influences (even though probably, only one of them knows it). I also love infinite-art's classics, almost all of which are masterpieces. On the Apophysis side of things, the cake goes to lindelokse and zy0rg; both of them are amazing, creative and unique in ways I would have never imagined to see in fractal art.

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? I think I would just meet anyone who asked and that I have known for a little bit, whether as a friend or a fractalist, or both. I'm very open to these things. Preference would go to friends, of course.

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? See OutsideFate and LeXXe in question 10. :D

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? I exclusively use Ultra Fractal now.

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? At home. Not many choices there!

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? All of my Daily Deviations :nod:





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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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, 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 littledeviltoo with Emergence:



A chef d'oeuvre of contrast! The opposites, purple and orange, are sapiently used here and create a stark contrast with the dark, colourless background. This makes the structure stand out and show the Orbit Traps classic shape in all its beauty!


The winner of the Style challenge is Lupsiberg with Landscape:

UF-Chall 54 - Landscape by Lupsiberg

The atmosphere is delicate and soft on the eyes, recreating the surreal feeling of the evening colours right after dusk. The panorama fits the mountainside, and the reddish moon completes it for a surprisingly natural, beautiful effect.


The winner of the Other challenge is Velvet--Glove with Roses are Red:

Roses Are Red by Velvet--Glove

With a clever word play on the title and algorithm used, Chris once again proves mastery over the classic spiral structures, unfolding a Rose Range Lite right before our eyes in all its superb, crimson majesty. Very well done!


This month saw a full swarm of entries, and about half of them were really winning material. Sadly, there wasn't enough room for them all, but please take a look at them here!

Redux Jul15 Orbit Traps 2 by Gerda1946 Redux Jul15 Orbit Traps by Gerda1946 Orbit Traps 1 by zisgul Orbit Traps 2   Pearls by zisgul UF-Chall 54 - Orbit Traps by Lupsiberg Redux Jul15 Orbit Traps 3 by Gerda1946 Humble Spiral by miincdesign Siren's Song by Velvet--Glove Orbital Flowers by Velvet--Glove Redux Jul15 Landscape - Abstract by Gerda1946 Redux Jul15 Landscape - Loneliness by Gerda1946 Crabscape by jucarbi Redux Jul15 Seeing Red by Gerda1946 Redus Jul15 Seeing Red 3 by Gerda1946 Redux Jul15 Seeing Red 2 by Gerda1946 Red Dragon EyeS by miincdesign Only Red by zisgul The Red Gnarl by zisgul Red Tails by aartika-fractal-art Red Twirling by miincdesign UF-Chall 54 - Seeing Red by Lupsiberg Operation Gone Cycle Two by miincdesign

We're done for July. On to August!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #55: August 2015



August's Formula challenge will be the Gaussian Journey challenge!
For this challenge, you are free to use any basic fractal formula, but for colouring (both Inside and Outside) you are limited to any algorithm that has "Gaussian" in its name. Mappings are subject to the same restriction, meaning that they are banned if none of them has Gaussian in its name (I haven't checked).

August's Theme challenge will be the Shining Star challenge!
As August is the month of stargazing and wishing upon a star (for those who believe in the tradition), this challenge will be dedicated exactly to that! You can either focus on recreating a starry night skyscape, or represent a star in a more "figurative" manner, trying to convey what the wish you would make on it represents for you. Just be sure it still looks like a star!

August's Style challenge will be the Art Nouveau challenge!
The Art Nouveau was an artistic movement, or Judgenstil, developed in the late XIX and early XX century and was characterised by a richness in detail and decorations, as you can see in the Google pictures. Our aim for this month is to make a fractal that resembles that style.



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 August 31st, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

Blast from the Past, Issue #12

Sun Jul 26, 2015, 6:21 AM


Hi again from heavenriver, your usual Blast from the Past host :)

I know I skipped the last feature... life happens! I can't stick to a strict schedule for now, but I'll try to make this feature as frequent as possible.

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to yet another Ultra Fractal old-timer and expert, which the youngest DA members may well not know (and that's a shame): esintu!

Funk Is Its Own Reward by esintu

What jumps to the viewer's eyes right away about Esin's style is how varied and unpredictable it is. It has a strong imprint of originality to it, and it can span in a really wide array of shapes and forms. There are the more colourful ones, that almost shine of their own light:

Julia's Summer Vacation by esintu

But the artist does just fine even using only one colour or two, as shown in multiple works:

Sandcastles by esintu Turbulence by esintu

There is a sense of turbulence and dynamics that is unlike any other in her Perlin-based works as well, one of the formulas she has the most expertise with. Through this formula, she can easily recreate landscapes and, through her sapient use of colour and lighting, appeal exactly to the right kind of feelings and sensations that she personally associates with her artwork. For an abstract artist, she has her ways of being surprisingly straightforward and to-the-point in her works.

Emotional Landscapes by esintu

She also knows her geometry really well. Colour or not, both her Perlin and non-Perlin artworks showcase a stunning level of detail, highlighting the order within the chaos.

Timeless by esintu Chaos and Cosmos by esintu

Though her fractal production spans somewhere up to 2011 in terms of regular activity, she has achieved much in these years - probably more than most fractalists will achieve in their lifetime.

Vicissitudes by esintu

In short: one more treasure to be dug up from the depths of DeviantArt. Take your time in her gallery and you will see much, much more that is interesting and fascinating :)

Until next time, heavenriver out!

Forms by esintu



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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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 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 aartika-fractal-art with Mosaic Table:

Mosaic Table by aartika-fractal-art

The wonderful, glassy watercolours gently guide the eye of the observer and lull it through the long journey to the core of the spiral. A really impressive work, even more so due to its nature and being completely Standard-free, meaning much of this spiral structure is likely unconventional in formulae and arrangement. Great work.


The winner of the Theme challenge is Gerda1946 with Cyclops:

Redux - Cyclops by Gerda1946

A perfect fractal for summer, sliced in red and green leafy bits. The motion draws the viewer towards its center, the veritable eye of the spiral, which appears as though it is staring right back.


The winner of the Style challenge is Lupsiberg with Water-Gnarly:

UF-Chall 53 - Water-Gnarly by Lupsiberg

Nothing like a cruise in what seems to be a lakeside cave, much like a boat trip on the Danube! The heart shape only helps with thinking back to the Eastern European river and its romantic fame. Very well done!


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

Redux Jun15 No Stars 1 by Gerda1946 Redux Jun15 No Stars 2 by Gerda1946 Redux Jun15 No Stars 3 by Gerda1946 Play Along - Wallpaper by miincdesign Abstract 2015 -3 by zisgul Intense Surveillance by jucarbi Redux - A Blue Eyes Party! by Gerda1946 Eye of the Blue Skink by Ampelosa UF-Chall 53 - Eyes by Lupsiberg Redux - The Northern Light by Gerda1946 Redux - Bad Weather by Gerda1946 Redux - Evening Sun by Gerda1946 The Way of all Things by LordFreeza Red Sky at Night by aartika-fractal-art

We're done for June. On to July!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #54: July 2015



July's Formula challenge will be the Orbit Traps challenge!
Any fractal entering this challenge must use the Orbit Traps (UF3) algorithm in dmj3.ucl EXCLUSIVELY as the colouring algorithm. You can use "None" Inside if you use OT3 Outside, and vice versa, but one between Inside and Outside colouring must always be OT3, on all layers. You can texture and colour well with this algorithm, because it is very versatile - and this is the perfect opportunity to get better acquaintained with it!

July's Style challenge will be the Landscape challenge!
Simple as is, in this challenge you will have to portray a landscape with a fractal. It can be any sort of landscape, from urban to rural, from realistic to fantastic. What matters, of course, is that it is recognisable as one. Be creative and produce something amazing!

July's Other challenge will be the Seeing Red challenge!
In this challenge, you may only enter fractals that look red, AND use red or other similar shades in their gradients, on every layer. Greyscale is allowed, but no yellow, green, blue, or other colours. You can, however, use as many shades of red as you please, including those bordering on brown, orange, and pink.



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 July 31st, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

Blast from the Past, Issue #11

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 1:00 PM


Hi again from heavenriver, your usual Blast from the Past host :)

Following on with the series of UF oldies whose galleries definitely deserve a thorough look, we will be featuring FractalEyes today!

Leaded Glass by FractalEyes

This is her current ID and avatar, and it truly does represent her style, showing almost ALL its distinctive elements. Her work is both eminently classical and exquisitely geometric in nature. She has a fantastic affinity with shapes and analogous palettes, especially of the metallic, marble-like, and sandy kinds.

Lulu Goes to Laris by FractalEyes

"But aren't spirals and flowers boring?" I hear you cry, and rightfully so. The answer is: yes, but not in her case. Just like many other styles, spirals and flowers are two types of fractals that can be done and dusted and even OVERDONE to death, until you see so many of them you just want to go hide in a corner and cry because they all look the same. This is the strength of her work: while doing mostly classical types of fractals, she always does them in a unique way. Be it the colouring, the shapes, the cut, or whatever else - there's always a distinct feel to her artworks, that countless other classics lack entirely.

Spot Lights by FractalEyes

Sweet Relief by FractalEyes

As you go through her gallery, you will also notice that classics are not all she does. The aforementioned geometric works of hers are another major strength and uniqueness point in her style. She can tame, reshape, and adapt anything to her every whim, as if she was crafting and manipulating those geometric figures by hand. The mastery of her control over shapes is nothing short of astounding.

Invitation to the Sun by FractalEyes

Cowgirl In The Sand by FractalEyes

And if you're still here thinking it's a lie, have a look at this piece and then check out the original.

Broken Windows by FractalEyes

Not to mention her Kandisky remake:

Me and Kandinsky by FractalEyes

Stripping her artworks of their mixed, well-blended colours is also often not a problem; as she has proven multiple times, even her black-and-white works are stunning and captivating to the eye, and retain all of the artist's signature and beauty.

Haute Couture by FractalEyes

And what's more, is that this artist also has an extensive collection of publicly shared parameters to study and learn from!

In short: definitely, definitely give her gallery the love it deserves, and please send hugs for her dear, departed dog.

Spiraling Out of Control by FractalEyes

Until next time, heavenriver signing off!


Blast from the Past, Issue #10

Sun Jun 14, 2015, 11:00 AM


heavenriver again here, bringing you yet another fractal insight of the good old times :)

This time around, the featured artist is one of the first that impressed me - and many others, I fully believe - when I came to DeviantArt years ago. I am talking about Chris Oldfield, better known as milleniumsentry!

Tim by milleniumsentry

A simple glance is enough to tell the uniqueness of his pieces. Chris works in such a way with well-known shapes - spirals and geometric abstracts, for the most part - that it always makes them feel fresh and new, intriguing to the eye.

Thoth by milleniumsentry

Lazy Dreamer by milleniumsentry

Aside from the obvious and stunning talent he has with shapes and texturing, one of the aspects he really excels at is perspective. Even without any 3D tricks, Chris is able to recreate depth in such a way that the watcher feels as though they could get lost in his artworks. This is a really uncommon quality in the fractal world, and one that he has taken to absolute mastery.

Linear Coil by milleniumsentry

Temper by milleniumsentry

Another really interesting trait of Chris' works is that he seems able to work with desaturated, metallic palettes as much as he can pull shockingly bright rainbows out of a magician's hat - all in the while staying true to his style, and surprising any watcher at any given second!

Atlan by milleniumsentry

Damascene by milleniumsentry

If I had to break down his art to two simple words, those would undoubtedly be "versatile" and "unpredictable". Chris has many ways of being proficient in fractal art, and you really never know what you'll find next in his gallery. Getting through it is one of the best experiences a fractal lover may have, and definitely more than worth your time :)

Please pay him a visit, and stay tuned for our next feature!

Dichotomy Pie by milleniumsentry

Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 53

Journal Entry: Sun May 31, 2015, 11:00 PM


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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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 May 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 Lupsiberg with Semi-Regular Tesselations No. 3:

UF-Chall 52 - Semi-Regular Tesselations No. 3 by Lupsiberg

There is a very interesting mixture of shapes in this fractal, where spirals occasionally peek from the sides and seemingly alternate a continuous motion with the six-point alpine stars in the centres. The sandy gradient and texture help the overall effect as well, which is neat and soothing.


The winner of the Theme challenge is Gerda1946 with Sand:

Redux May15 Sand by Gerda1946

The powerful waves and the very pronounced grainy texture make this fractal look like a full-blown sandstorm! Dynamic and aggressive on the eyes, but no more and no less than how much a sandstorm should be. Very well executed, in its every single aspect!


The winner of the Style challenge is Klytia70 with Moments of a Mandelbrot I:

Moments of a Mandelbrot I by Klytia70

You know somebody has done a smooth job at imitating another person's style when you can't tell whose fractal this is, and Klytia has done a fantastic job at that. The embossed feel of the minibrot structure is just right, and exactly what I would expect to see from her admired artist, Olbaid-ST. Once again, a truly well done job.


There was a massive influx of entries this month, many of which were, if not worth the prize, at the very least a honourable mention. As usual, you can find them all here!

Redux May15 Tesselation 1 by Gerda1946 Redux May15 Tesselation 2 by Gerda1946 Redux May15 Tesselation 3 by Gerda1946 Four Corners by miincdesign To Tesselate or Not To Tesselate by wolfepaw Just a Little Tesselation for Your Troubles by wolfepaw Friendly Patrolman by Fractalisa UF-Chall 52 - Semi-Regular Tesselations No. 1 by Lupsiberg UF-Chall 52 - Semi-Regular Tesselations No. 2 by Lupsiberg Semi Reg Tessa 01 by aartika-fractal-art 150509-02 by blipbl0p 150501-01b by blipbl0p Strive Reflect Thrive by jucarbi Hidden Swirls by miincdesign Spintastic by aartika-fractal-art Yellow Leaves Falling by Ampelosa Vat in a Candy Factory by Ampelosa Garden of Zinnias by Ampelosa Coarse Sand by Fractalisa Grain of Sand by jucarbi Burning Sand by zisgul Ozzy by Ampelosa Night on the Beach by Ampelosa Seaweed on the Beach by Ampelosa A Night at the Beach by ConstanceKeat Redux May15 Inspired 2 by Gerda1946 Redux May15 Inspired 1 by Gerda1946 Redux May15 Inspiration 3 by Gerda1946 Clematis montana by aartika-fractal-art Square Patch by aartika-fractal-art Gnarly Inspiration by miincdesign Pastel Ogees by Ampelosa Parisian Ogee by Ampelosa Linoleum in a Glasgow Kitchen by Ampelosa

We're done for May. On to June!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #53: June 2015



June's Formula challenge will be the No Stars challenge!
All formulas are welcome to this challenge, except the ones with a gold star next to their name. Specifically: fractal formulas included anywhere from dmj.ufm to sam.ufm, colouring algorithms from apophysis.ucl to tma.ucl, and mappings from dmj.uxf to sam.uxf. Everything else is fair game.

June's Theme challenge will be the Eyes challenge!
This is very open for interpretation; whatever you can think of when you think of "eyes", physically or metaphorically, you should put in your fractal. You can try to actually make something that looks like an eye in fractal form, or opt for something more conceptual (explain your reasoning in the description in this case). Good luck!

June's Style challenge will be the Water challenge!
Simple as is, our goal this month is to make a fractal that looks as close as possible to water, or something else that is liquid in nature. There is no limit to what is or is not allowed, so give it your best shot!



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 June 30th, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

Blast from the Past, Issue #09

Sun May 31, 2015, 7:50 AM


Hello again from heavenriver and yet another issue of Blast from the Past!

The featured fractalist today is someone from a 3D niche that is more than just unique. Please give a warm welcome to ChaoticAtmospheres!

Mandelocular - 09 by ChaoticAtmospheres

Istvan's works are all called "mandeloculars", and are essentially what the name suggests: insights into the 3D Mandelbulb structure, which looks as though it was seen from a microscope. While his works do include retouching in non-fractal programs, most of the structure is decidedly fractal in nature, and even the general graphical integrations fit so nicely with the overall picture that it's sometimes even hard to tell where the line is drawn between the two.

Mandelocular - 32 by ChaoticAtmospheres

His works are all rendered with Mandelbulber, a program that was on par with Mandelbulb3D for a while, before the community made the latter a de facto standard. Despite the program choice, and the early version of the tool at that, his works look neat, clean, and breathtakingly beautiful.

Mandelocular - 29 by ChaoticAtmospheres

Mandelocular - 47 by ChaoticAtmospheres

The shapes themselves may be relatively simple, but Istvan's contribution to making them full-blown artworks is impressive: the cut is always just right, the lighting is bright and well-positioned, and the colours melt together in perfect harmony. All of these traits are uncommon in 3D fractals, especially together, and that's exactly what makes his works unique and fascinating.

Mandelocular - 48 by ChaoticAtmospheres

On a less fractal-related note, the Mandeloculars are not all there is to see in his gallery: he is a well-versed general 3D artist, with plenty of renders and other pictures to see!

Caustic Icebergs - 02 by ChaoticAtmospheres

Hidden Artefacts - 03 by ChaoticAtmospheres

So without further ado, please pay a visit to his gallery. You will definitely enjoy it :nod:
Until next time, with Blast from the Past, see you all again!

Mandelocular - 17 by ChaoticAtmospheres

Blast from the Past, Issue #08

Sun May 17, 2015, 6:02 AM


Hi from heavenriver and welcome back to the Blast from the Past issues!

The artist whose works we will be looking at today is another of the old timers from the Ultra Fractal scenario. Please give a warm welcome to magnusti78!

Dance of the Dusk by magnusti78

As evident for everyone who has ever set a digital foot in her gallery, Satu's most noticeable trait in fractal art is her mastery of rainbow patterns. There are countless works in her gallery with her classic combination of blue, green, red and yellow that dance and sparkle with vitality.

Wonderland - Technicolor by magnusti78 Julian Model by magnusti78

Many of her shapes are very classic...

LoveDreams by magnusti78

...And not all of them are that rainbow-y! In fact, in the flower department, she has proven herself capable of working even with faint, silky palettes, gentle and relaxing to the eye.

August by magnusti78 Oriental Design by magnusti78

Some of her production, on the other hand, is more on the abstract side. And even here, Satu can more than prove herself capable of getting out of her comfort zone, but not only that: she can also integrate part of her usual techniques and style in her less conventional works, while still maintaining the novelty of experimentation.

A very straightforward example lies in her two versions of Kajo:

Kajo by magnusti78 Kajo II by magnusti78

If you hadn't figured out by now, her gallery is definitely worth a visit, and you should go there right now if you never have.

That's all for today; stay tuned for the next exciting releases!

Light from darkness by magnusti78

Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 52

Journal Entry: Fri May 1, 2015, 1:00 AM
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. 48 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 47 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 46 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 45 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 44 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 43 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 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 April 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 aartika-fractal-art with Some Quite Messy Squares:

Some Quite Messy Squares 09 by aartika-fractal-art

A perfect example of what kind of design the adventurous fractalist can come up with, just by setting aside the "classic" formulas! This largely SFBM-driven pattern is exquisite, colourful but not aggressive on the eye, well textured, and eminently fractal. A work for the fine eye, rich in refinement and details.


The winner of the Theme challenge is miincdesign with Why Lie?:

Why Lie? by miincdesign

An artwork that hits the nail on the head with a question that many have asked themselves, probably to no avail. The artist has explained wonderfully the inspiration behind this fractal in the description, and the flashy, seemingly cold colours seem to express the feeling of distance and doubt extremely well. Not to mention, the overall result is very good!


The winner of the Style challenge is Gerda1946 with A Ship in the Desert:

Redux Apr15 A Ship in the Dessert by Gerda1946

Eminently contrasted in more than just colour - shapes as well! The simple silhouette of the ship does still not fail to draw itself on the canvas and, despite the staggering technical simplicity of the artwork, it is clear to just about any viewer that we are indeed seeing a ship in a sunlit, yellow sea. Very well thought out.


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

Redux Apr15 No Traps 1 by Gerda1946 Redux Apr15 No Traps 2 by Gerda1946 Carving by aartika-fractal-art Dreams of Riches Awaiting by jucarbi Ticket to San Francique by Ampelosa Ticket to Cano Cristales by Ampelosa Ticket to Tulrahan by Ampelosa Dragon Flowers by Fractalisa Fractal 11111 by aartika-fractal-art Non-Orbital by miincdesign Pointing Where by Ampelosa Harlequin - Which Path Should I Take? by aartika-fractal-art Tile Lines - What Shape Are They? by aartika-fractal-art Mediterranian Tragedy by Fractalisa Jingle Bells - How Many Days Until Christmas? by aartika-fractal-art Sorrow by jucarbi Redux Apr15 Contrast by Gerda1946 Etoile Filante by Ampelosa Blue Yellow by aartika-fractal-art Diamonds and Hearts Tiling by aartika-fractal-art The Flame's Search by jucarbi UF-Chall 51 - Contrast by Lupsiberg Full April Moon by Fractalisa Green Power by aartika-fractal-art Eggs of the Triplefin Blenny by Ampelosa South Pole of Planet X by Ampelosa

We're done for April. On to May!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #52: May 2015



May's Formula challenge will be the Semi-Regular Tesselations challenge!
In this challenge, you MUST use any of the Semi-Regular Tesselation mappings in sam.uxf on ALL layers, none excluded. Mappings other than Tesselations are also forbidden. The formula and colouring algorithm, instead, are entirely up to choice! Be sure to show the actual tesselation pattern in the final fractal, though. Multiple mappings can be on the same layer as well, so long as they are still Tesselations.

May's Theme challenge will be the Sand challenge!
The theme this month is sand. You will have to reproduce that in a fractal, whether conceptually or stylistically. Whatever sand reminds you of is fine; it could be anything from a barren desert to a very crowded beach in California, or it could even have a symbolic meaning for you - anything sand-related is game. No restrictions, give it your best shot!

May's Style challenge will be the Admiration Inspiration challenge!
In this challenge, you will have to pick any one fractal artist other than yourself, who has a definite style, and try to emulate it. Be sure to add a few words in your description as to why you picked that artist, and what it is about that style that you love. This is mostly a get-positive challenge, so sharing good thoughts is important :) Both inspiration and execution will be "graded" when deciding the winner.



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 May 31st, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager: