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
Here we go!
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 by heavenriver
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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 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
with Some Quite Messy Squares
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
with Why Lie?
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
with A Ship in the Desert
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!
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!!!