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Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 38

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 1, 2014, 2:56 AM
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What are these UF challenges?
How do challenges work and how can I participate?
Can I help promoting the challenges in some way?
What if I have an idea for a future challenge?

You can find all this information and more in the Ultra Fractal challenges FAQ, which is also part of our very first UF challenge, the one for February 2011.
If you already know the rules, then you're good to go - read on for this month's challenge!

Previous editions:

You can find all of the previous challenges in this journal. Please keep in mind that the challenge rules changed after the 26th edition!

Links to ALL UF challenges (updated periodically!)Since the UF challenges are growing in number, instead of linking them all in each new one, I thought I'd make a collection journal for all of them. This will contain all challenges held so far, from the newest (top) to the oldest (bottom), all conveniently thumbed for you! It will also be updated each month so that ALL challenges are reachable from here, even the newer ones. And this journal will of course be linked in every challenge, to keep them all connected :aww:
Here we go!

Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 27 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 26 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 25 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 24 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 23 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 22 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 21 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 20 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 19 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 February 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 Gerda1946 with Redux Gaussian:

Redux Gaussian by Gerda1946

Contrasted and electric, this fractal highlights a part of the Gaussian Integer algorithm that doesn't often show itself in artworks: its edgy shapes, strengthened by the strongly monochromatic colour palette and its dark shadows.

The winner of the Theme challenge is GrannyOgg with Wood Land Whirlpool:

Wood Land Whirlepool by GrannyOgg

An amazingly beautiful mix of dimly coloured flowers with what seems to be a flurry of rainbow leaves: the gradient and flow make this fractal feel surreal, as though it came from Wonderland. The whirlpool feeling has definitely been nailed!

The winner of the Style challenge is Olbaid-ST with Mandelbrot 92 - True Love -:

Mandelbrot 92 - True love - by Olbaid-ST

This take on the Mandelbrot set is rather unusual: embossed, strongly three-dimensional, and with a sharply dominant metallic lighting. The reds mix well with gold, making the minibrot stand out surprisingly well for a non-central element of the picture.

The winner of the Other challenge is miincdesign with No Hard Feelings:

No Hard Feelings by miincdesign

The complexity of this particular challenge sure didn't discourage the artist, nor cripple her abilities: the outcome is well composed and well shaded. The black swirl within the spiral looks like an in stain on purple paper.

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

What a Gaussian Mess by miincdesign Febr14 Cyber114-2 by Gerda1946 Royal Pearls in August by GrannyOgg Willful Sloping Spiral by miincdesign Forest of fantasy by innac Fractal69 by JingleEngle Fractal69b by JingleEngle Mandy Love by miincdesign Mini Midget One by GrannyOgg Min Midget Two by GrannyOgg Mini Me by miincdesign Mini Brot Three by miincdesign Redux Midget by Gerda1946 Unblocked Inspiration by miincdesign Minibrot 1 by zisgul Minibrot 2 by zisgul Minibrot 3 by zisgul MiniMandel1 by innac MiniMandel2 by innac MiniMandel3 by innac Fractal121 by JingleEngle Fractal112b by JingleEngle Fractal111 by JingleEngle Harlequin Nightmare by miincdesign Scrabble Scramble by innac

We're done for February. On to March!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #38: March 2014

March's Formula challenge will be the Orbit Twists challenge!
The only colouring algorithm allowed in this challenge is Orbit Traps (UF3) in dmj3.ucl, but with a twist: each entrant must try to make a fractal that looks as little as possible like other typical OT fractals. The most original one will win. No restrictions on fractal formulas, but the usage of mappings is prohibited. Good luck!

March's Theme challenge will be the Welcome, Ghosts challenge!
As per the title, the theme of this challenge will be ghosts. Scary ghosts, Halloween ghosts, pranksters, souls of the dead, or what have you - make a fractal that looks like a ghost, or represents one in some way. If you are representing a specific ghost, please explain which one it is in the deviation description.

March's Style challenge will be the Style Swapping challenge!
This challenge will take place in pairs: each fractalist must choose who to enter it with. Each fractal from each entrant will have to resemble the style of the person they are paired with. E.g. if I pair up with Deviant01, I will attempt to make a fractal in Deviant01's style, and Deviant01 will attempt to make a fractal in my style.

March's Other challenge will be the Two is Company challenge!
All fractals entering this challenge must use EXACTLY two different fractal formulas, EXACTLY two different colouring algorithms, and EXACTLY two different mappings. This applies to all layers. Each of the formulas must take up AT LEAST 25% of your fractal. Example: if you choose Doodads and Thingamajigs as colouring algorithms, and your fractal has 12 layers, at least 4 of them must have Doodads and at least 4 must have Thingamajigs.

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 March 31st, 2014. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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Charmadige Jan 26, 2014   General Artist
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2: .. so much for accepting me to your group :handshake:
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