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CRFractals is proud to present the CRFractals Monthly Challenges!



After some time of discussion, we finally decided to hold monthly challenges in our group, starting from today. :D
The rules are really simple: at the beginning of each month, we will be giving you a theme for which you have to create a fractal artwork to be submitted in a dedicated folder of our gallery. Some days before the end of the month, the gallery will be closed, so that the judges will be able to go through the creations and decide the winner of the challenge. Really simple! :la:

Theme


On the 19th of February 2015, according to the Chinese Tradition, the Year of the Goat has started. To continue the celebration, we invite you to create a fractal based on this theme! Take your fantasy beyond the limits and represent this event through your art.

Rules


  • One original entry for each person taking part (deviations previous today's date are not allowed);
  • Every entry must refer to this journal and this group (in the description), so that the word gets spread (the entries without the disclaimer won't be considered in the final judgement);
  • Since it's a theme challenge, any fractal software is welcome to take part;
  • The entries must be submitted to the folder called March 2015 - Year of the Goat.


Winner and Prizes


A winner will be chosen among the entries, and it will be the piece that best interpreted the current theme.
The winner will be rewarded with:

  • 100:points:, courtesy of DeviantART;
  • 200:points:, courtesy of BoxTail
  • A month feature in a custom widget in both CRFractals front page and C-91's profile.

If you want to add prizes, contact me!

Deadline


29th of March, 10:00 PM (GMT+1) (1 pm PST)
The winner will be announced in the next challenge announcement on April 1st, 2015. (I promise no April Fools)

Judges


:iconc-91::iconheavenriver::icontatasz::iconthoughtweaver:

Let's get it started!!!




BTW the Goat is my Chinese sign omg

Created at simplydevio.us

Six Days to Valentine's!

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 1:25 PM by C-91:iconc-91:


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Six Days to Valentine's!


Hello people! :wave:
So, in 6 days it will be Valentine's Day! All the love shared around...aaaaaaah, how awesome? :dummy:
But we're not talking about romantic love, no. We can extend this concept to art and the love we share about it.

We're fractalists, what's the best way to say "I :heart: you" to the fractal community? By SHARING PARAMS!
Join this little game!
  1. If you want to share a set of params, comment this journal pasting the params;
  2. Time to tweak! Open your :heart: software, change the fractal as you wish, tweak the hell out of it;
  3. Once you're done, post your result to DeviantART and reply to the comment that contains the original params you picked: be sure to share your result and share params back!
  4. Take a look to the other tweaks!
Simple, isn't it? :hug: Some additional guidelines:

  • TWEAK. Changing gradient, camera settings and slight changes are not enough. Please, put your hearts in it! :stare:
  • Any param from any program is welcome!
  • Include credits to the person who shared the params and the journal as well, so many more people will get to know and be likely to join!
  • Params can be of any kind: seasonal, valentine-ish or totally unrelated! :dummy:

Let's go! :eager:


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Daily Deviations: Awards or Features?

Sun Feb 1, 2015, 7:00 AM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Daily Deviations Week

The Daily Deviations surely represent one of the most important traits of DeviantArt, for which the site itself is recognized widely. They've been here since the very beginning of DeviantArt and have become more and more established over the years. Today they're probably the most coveted "award" that DeviantArt can offer to its members.


Typical reaction of a Community Volunteer who hears the words "DD" and "award" used at the same time.


Exactly. This might be confusing, but many people think that the Daily Deviation represents an award. It's not that uncommon to find deviants writing things like "I've been awarded a DD!" or "Glad to have received the DD award!". To make everything a little bit clearer, let's read the entry in the DA faq:

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?

The Daily Deviation is a daily feature chosen from the galleries here on DeviantArtT.


Butbutbut...what's the difference?!


The difference is easily understood by reading the definitions of the two words from an English dictionary (for this purpose, I used the Oxford Dictionary).

An award is a prize or other mark of recognition given in honour of an achievement.

Two notable examples we can refer to are the Nobel Prize (given in recognition of cultural and/or scientific advances) and the Academy Awards (given for cinematic achievements in the film industry).

A feature is a newspaper or magazine article or a broadcast programme devoted to the treatment of a particular topic, typically at length.

We can extend this definition to websites and blog articles, so that we can include the regular features deviants hold throughout the site and the Daily Deviations, or to the including of some artist's work in an art book or media.

Let's now apply this definition to the Daily Deviations and how they appear to us. We can imagine they are little daily articles concerning various topics (in our case, the different galleries on DeviantArt). The "article" is displayed in a fancy little golden box and made up of at least three parts: the title of the deviation, the username of the artist, and the username of the article's "author" (the CV who featured the deviation). In some cases, the Community Volunteer writes a brief description of the piece they selected, stating why it is an incredible piece of art. In other cases, the CVs choose other "articles" that members of the community sent them via note (the process of suggesting a DD). The Daily Deviation page, which includes every DD, can be seen as the index of the features (like an index on a magazine or book). Every day, a new issue of this magazine called "DDs" is out, ready to showcase some gems from all around our community.



I'm still confused...why can't I call it an award?


There is no contesting that Daily Deviations are special. Still, they're special features and not special prizes. If you receive a Daily Deviation, it's not because the CV is giving you an award for your artistic skills, it's more that they are recognizing the quality of your piece, and choosing to feature it for the entire community to see. Today it might be your turn, tomorrow it can happen to somebody else. :D The process of choosing a Daily Deviation is not so different from the one with which people build features on their personal journals. :) The only difference is that Daily Deviations get a nice plaque on their page (which still doesn't make them an award) and are specifically displayed on DeviantArt's "Daily Deviations" and "Today" page. :D
A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.
Getting a Daily Deviation doesn't make the artist automatically the best among their group, as well as having none doesn't mean the artist isn't skilled enough...maybe they haven't been discovered yet! The choice of a DD is led by many factors and, most of all, is about the artwork.





I'd like to end this article with a question to the readers! :la:
Given that Daily Deviations are strictly features (it's been stated several times!), I guess if many people think it's some sort of award, there should be a reason. :giggle:

What are your thoughts about Award VS Feature? Do you think the DD looks more like an award? If yes, why do you think so?



Meet the Fractal Community #18

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:29 PM


Meet the Fractal Community #18


Hello and welcome to a new edition of Meet the Fractal Community, a forthnightly series of interviews that highlights a member of our community. The series will go back and focus on fractal artists.

Today, let's have a closer look to JanRobbe.
:iconjanrobbe:


Hello JanRobbe! How are you today?

Okay I guess. Thanks for asking.

FoM Light v1 - Fractal Shadow Lamp by JanRobbe

Can you please introduce yourself to the community?

Hi, I'm Jan Robbe, fractal apprentice and sounddesign enthusiast. I produce fractal prints and derivatives as FRAMEofMIND. I'm very much focusing on lighting design a lot these days.

How did you discover fractal art?

I came across art by lindelokse and even though I had some 3D modelling experience, it would've been impossible to recreate something like it without using some kind of algorithm. So I contacted her with my clueless questions, followed her advice (which included seeking out the DA fractal community) and kept investigating Apophysis until I understood what was going on. "Generative art" had always been fascinating to me, so that helped in deciding to take the time needed to figure out fractal design. I couldn't have gotten through the learning curve at the rate I was going if it weren't for the countless DA fractal tutorials.

Shipibo v12 by JanRobbe

I noticed from your gallery you use Chaotica a lot. What are its main qualities in your opinion? What would you change about it?

The rendering quality and speed of it are great. Being able to render things this big and fast creates interesting possibilities for print-related - or even commercial design stuff like cover art or sophisticated background animations. The animation function makes it a bit more convenient to try out different parameters without actually destroying your original settings. It becomes a bit like hunting for the perfect still, but also increases the chances of producing "happy accidents". Something else: Chaotica does not have a limit to the number of transforms like Apo's maximum of 100. For the Shipibo fractal I needed 529 transforms. Designing in Apo is easier and quicker (duplicate transform? scrolling the gradient?), but Chaotica takes the prize for pretty much limitless performance. I do miss being able to work in a 3D environment. There are ways to somewhat simulate perspective, but volumetric shapes and patterns, maybe even light and shadows, would take things to yet another level.

Aside from fractal art, do you have any other passion?

I've been producing electronic music for a long time (released a first vinyl in 2002, started the Entity netlabel in 2003). It's my first passion and for me it's all about experimenting with sound. I try to come up with new structures, styles, and sounds, I'm not interested in listening to music that doesn't bring anything new to the table... the only way left to go is forward.
Designing fractals is much like tweaking a synthesizer. The only difference is the output is visual, everything else about the process overlaps.

Versoa by JanRobbe 2039 by JanRobbe

Do you have any deviant you'd like to recommend to the community and why?

I like Ramon Pasternak's style because it is authentic and he keeps on searching for new methods to express himself visually. ChaosFissure's style is also fascinating with all the movement going on. Of course there are the "grand masters" (eg. zy0rg, tatasz, Xyrus-02, lindelokse, C-91, etc.) who consistently produce awesome imagery, but I can't say how jealous I really am of pillemaster's mastery of the tile.

180810-II+zoom by Pasternak 230115 B by Pasternak 241214-G by Pasternak
Lachesis by ChaosFissure Atropos by ChaosFissure
African Fractal by pillemaster Sometimes I Love Apo by pillemaster


Thank you for your time! Any last advice or word you'd like to share?

Never stop experimenting. Find your niche(s) and cling on it like zen magnets. Falling flat on your face enough times is part of the process and will make you realize faster when it's time to move on.
frameofmind.be
Best!

Be sure to visit JanRobbe's profile and gallery! :love:


Re:Hex 08 by JanRobbe
U-Nighted Sounds by JanRobbe Triangulism / Swazala Maze (v1) by JanRobbe

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:


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Hello guys! :wave:

I'm calling you again for the Fractal week at projecteducate. :D We have time until one or two weeks before the Fractal Week starts (23rd of March).

If you're sure and willing to help, please sign up by commenting here.


What do we need?

  • Any kind of article regarding fractal art (history, features, interviews, trivia, informative articles, etc...);
  • Tutorials and other resources (if there are enough spots, tutorials can be covered in a journal)
The article must be original (must not have been published anywhere else before).

And...that's about it. :B I will take care of the Intro and the Wrap-up journals and another article, so there are other 11 spots.
Once I get enough replies and partecipation, I will contact you via note and give you further explanation. :D

Basically, I just want to check who is surely in. :B

Take care! :heart:

Meet the Fractal Community #17

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 3:16 AM


Meet the Fractal Community #17


Hello and welcome to a new edition of Meet the Fractal Community, a forthnightly series of interviews that highlights a member of our community. The series will go back and focus on fractal artists.

Today, let's have a closer look to ThoughtWeaver .

:iconthoughtweaver:


Hello ThoughtWeaver! How are you today?

Greetings! I'm doing quite splendidly today. :D (Big Grin)

Can you please introduce yourself to the community?

Here I am referred to as ThoughtWeaver, but in the common world I'm called Logan Alexander Apple the First (but usually just Logan). I am 15 years of age and I have been designing fractal art for over a year now. My interests include mathematics, various sciences, programming, archery, sword-fighting, befuddling people, and reading. When I was younger, I traveled across the globe, journeying everywhere from Belgium (where I was born), to England, to Japan, to Panama, to Denmark, to Hawai'i, and back again. Now, however, I reside in the United States. Also, if you're looking for wisdom or advice, I do my best to offer it here. And, yes, that is my only purpose for being on Twitter. :) (Smile)

Digital Snowflakes by ThoughtWeaver

How did you discover fractal art?

I stumbled upon it quite by accident, honestly. At first, I was considering digital painting, but then I saw this and entirely changed my focus. I soon learned of the various tools available for fractal creation and began by using Mandelbulb 3D. Alas, it left me in a mist of confusion and my computer practically useless whilst generating. Next came Ultra Fractal, which I was intrigued by, but came to feel rather discontent with for reasons I remember not... Then I tried Terragen simply because I wanted to make awesome landscapes, but it proved complex and intricate in a nature that I did not understand. Finally, leading me to where I am now, I found Apophysis, Chaotica, and JWildfire. Each, I found, provided something unique that I could use and none proved difficult to become knowledgeable about. The end. Meow :3

You're an Apophysis user and I noticed you're very interested in fractal nebulas. What do you like the most about them?

Throughout my life, I've had a fascination with space. Every aspect of it, every facet from galactic clusters to supernovae to Magellanic clouds, continues to inspire my mind and captivate my eyes. It was because of this that I found myself drawn to make fractals resembling the cosmos. In my beginnings, though, I wanted to make flowers, something which I still dabble in from time to time.

Phantasmagoria by ThoughtWeaver Pelagic by ThoughtWeaver Shadowed Mists by ThoughtWeaver

Is there any other fractal software you'd like to learn about?

I've been considering attempting to use Mandelbulb 3D and Terragen again, but school has been taking up most of my time for experimentation. Laughing my ass off!
I still need to work on mastering those which I currently operate with, however. ;) (Wink)

Tulip by ThoughtWeaver Reminisce by ThoughtWeaver

Do you have any deviant you'd like to recommend to the community and why?

Despite many to whom I would like to bestow a mini-feature, clochartist-photo  is my first choice. :) (Smile)

the outsider... by clochartist-photo the bug... by clochartist-photo race towards the light.. by clochartist-photo chinese lantern... by clochartist-photo umbrella... by clochartist-photo

My second -- for there shall be three -- is RationalParadox , a rising fractal artist who dallies in photography from time to time. :D (Big Grin)

Autumnal Mountains by RationalParadox The Circus by RationalParadox Another Sky by RationalParadox Fiery Dew by RationalParadox Things Fall Apart by RationalParadox

Lastly, I wish to display DaddyHoggy 's work. He is an excellent photographer and writer who has had some of his stories featured in this compilation.
The HuntedYou have spread over this land like a disease, devouring everything. You have slaughtered my kindred, my prey, griffin and unicorn and made them myth. I take your cattle for sustenance only, for you have robbed me of the thrill of the hunt. And now you call me monster and point your spears and arrows to the sky a turn your greedy eyes upon my golden nest. I am dragon and I am the hunted now.  Once in a lifetime opportunityNorrie had been struggling with the hyper-dimensional maths, but suddenly in today’s class, it clicked.
“So,” he said to Father Christmas, “you simply move between this universe and the parallel one where time runs backwards, thus, in this one, you deliver all the presents in one night?”
The man nodded.
“So how do you not age?” the elf asked.
Father Christmas looked a little sad when he looked back at the young elf.
“I’m not looking for a helper Norrie, I’m looking for my replacement. I was your age last year. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
 Momentary Pause Square by DaddyHoggy Bowser and web by DaddyHoggy Not Today by DaddyHoggy

Thank you for your time! Any last advice or word you'd like to share?

I'd like to thank you, C-91, for giving me this interview, and offer my gratitude to the entire fractal community for being so wonderfully kind and introducing me to a beautiful style of art. Lastly, I have a very special thank-you to offer to my good friend PayPay-chan who introduced me to the website y para mi amiga wateroncanvas  que me motivó a continuar arte. (For those of you who don't know Spanish: and to my friend, Elsa, who motivated me to continue artistry.)

Be sure to visit ThoughtWeaver's profile and gallery! :love:


Lunar Dreams by ThoughtWeaver 
Desert Canyon by ThoughtWeaver Tempest of Darkness by ThoughtWeaver

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:


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I'm here, how awesome! :dummy:
Glad to be back on dA, not so glad to be back from Germany honestly... :| The only thing I missed in Deutschland was the bidet in the bathroom. :stare:
(not even the food...)

But anyway, 2015 started and I need to get back to my CV duties, including writing some stuff, setting DDs and starting to plan the Fractal Week for Project Educate. :dummy: I will write a call out journal again and we will decide things together. :hug: Veeeeery soon, muahuahuahuahuah!
Let me just get it together again. :stare:

Speaking of other things, how did you spend your holidays? :D
I finally had the chance to make my first snowman! Well, almost...it didn't turn out really nice. It's a very unhappy snowman. :stare:
Also I've been eating cheesecakes all the time...the things I like about German cheesecakes is that they use quark cheese, which gives a particular taste I'm addicted to. :|
I also made my first tiramisù, which was really good! :dummy: And watched movies and series all the time, including (but not limited to):
  • The Lord of The Rings - The Ring Fellowship
  • Wreck-It Ralph (which is AWESOME)
  • Toy Story 3
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Project X (srsly)
  • The Life of the Others (all the feels... :iconfeelplz:)
  • Baking Bread (oh, wait)
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Maleficent (awww!)
...and so on, and so on. Oh yes, I went bowling too (been ages since I went last time!). :noes: I kinda like it...until I don't lose. :noes:
Aaaaaand lots of other awesome stuff...can't wait to go back again. :heart:

So so, what did you do during your holidays? :eager: Tell me, I'm curious!



FLASHMOB

I've been tagged by tatasz with this screenshot thingie...of course I've been fractaling during the holidays, so I made some fractals (like three, to be exact)...here's my screenshot!

Take a screenie of your fractal editor with the last work you made and post it

Unbenannt-1 by C-91

I tag Xyrus-02 and heavenriver (you don't have make a journal, you can even reply here xD)...and anybody who wants to share their screenshot. :D



End of this terrible journal. :dummy: New seniors will be announced soon and I'm dying of curiosity. :dummy: K, thx, bai! :dummy:

:hug:


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Welcome to the features of the features (yeah...) of the Community Project: If I could DD..., where everybody was asked to pick some fractals they'd like to be seen as DDs and feature them in a journal. :la:

Community Feature Project: If I could DD...Have you ever wished that you could pick a Daily Deviation Feature? I'm sure we've all seen an amazing piece of art or stock that we wished could have a bit more exposure. Well, this is your chance! This December we are encouraging you to feature your fellow deviants with a journal of images that you would feature as a Daily Deviation if you could. So let's embrace the Holiday Season and spread some good cheer by joining in and featuring our community!
The Game Plan
Create and publish a journal feature of images that you would choose for a Daily Deviation Feature from your preferred gallery. 
(i.e. Fractal artists would feature artworks from the Fractal Art gallery etc.)When your journal feature is live, link it back to your Community Volunteer's Community Feature Project Journal in the comments area.
(i.e. Fractalists would link back to this journal, fractal resources would be linked back to CelticStrm-Stock's journal etc.)
After all of the features have been linked t


Here's the list of the features that have been linked to my call journal by December, 21st 2014:



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On Holiday!

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 4:40 AM by C-91:iconc-91:


Hello! :wave:

I'm here to tell you guys I've already packed my shit and checked in, tomorrow I'll fly to Stuttgart and reach Xy and spend holidays with him. :la:
Basically, I'm notifying my absence to all of you...I'll be in Germany until the 5th of January. :D

Activities will be on hold during this time: I won't read and reply to comments, note and whatever. :noes: 
Except Daily Deviations, you will have enough for your delight during holidays. :D
I didn't reply to some DD suggestion yet, this because I still have to decide what to do. :nod: I promise I will reply. :ashamed:

(I'll also try to post the If I could DD... gathering journal tomorrow before leaving)

I wish you all happy holidays and happy new year! :hug: Take care and don't be wicked. :heart:

(if you want to reach me out, you can do it via Facebook or via email: flamingodenny@hotmail.com )

Skin by SimplySilent
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Interpol - Obstacle 1
  • Reading: What I'm writing rofl
  • Watching: The screen OMG I'M SO FUNNY

Meet the Fractal Community #16

Mon Dec 15, 2014, 10:54 AM


Meet the Fractal Community #16


Hello and welcome to a new edition of Meet the Fractal Community, a forthnightly series of interviews that highlights a member of our community. The series will go back and focus on fractal artists.

Today, let's have a closer look to Swoopswatkill.

:iconswoopswatkill:


Hello Swoopswatkill! How are you today?

Hello, Silvia! Hi! Thanks for doing this interview with me! And I'm doing fairly well this evening, thank you! I am at work at the moment, and all things considered, it's just another day for me.

Of Ivory and Gold by Swoopswatkill

Can you introduce yourself to the community?

My name is Alex, and I am a 27-year-old, independent dude living in the United States who just happens to love fractal art!  :) (Smile) My current residence is Portland, Maine, which is the biggest city in the state. I live in the heart of the Downtown district, which is bustling with antiquated charm, and artistic inspiration can be found at almost every corner. To support myself, I work 12-hour night shifts at a semiconductor plant. It's definitely not a career, and it's not the most glamorous job either, but it pays the bills (barely). Maine has been home to me all my life, and it's treated me exceptionally well thus far! I'm just waiting on the next big chapter in my life to take shape. I think also growing up in a small town has made me into the person I am today; I'm humble, fairly reserved, and I am a rather eccentric individual it would seem, but I wouldn't have it any other way! :D (Big Grin)

When did you discover fractal art? What made you become passionate about it?

Good question! I first started to fall in love with computer graphics back around the turn of the century when our family got its first computer. I've always kind of had an eye for drawing, doodling, and picture taking, even though I was never really that good at any of it. I think that's what turned me on to the digital side of things. I found it was much easier to use programs like Bryce 3D, 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, ect., to create abstract illustrations that I otherwise would have never been able to transpose from my head to paper or would never even have thought of for that matter. I just fell out of interest with it all, and I didn't return to the "scene" for over a decade. Nine months ago when I joined dA and discovered a flame fractal program called JWildfire, my interest for the digital arts was in full bloom again, and it has been ever since! I discovered my love and joy for 3D fractals a few months later when I found out how stunningly awesome Mandelbulb 3D really was.

Obsidian Ornamentation by Swoopswatkill

As a Mandelbulb3D artist, which (in your opinion) are its best perks? What would you change about it?

I think Mandelbulb really peaked my interest because it combines a relative ease of use with a meticulous complexity that allows one to create some seriously cool scenes, albeit with a serious amount of patience! I want to touch on the word "artist" too if I may. Until recently I never really considered what I do an art form. I think there are some general misconceptions about what we as 'bulbers do compared to other members of the digital art community, even misconceptions I used to have myself. What we do more closely relates to that of the photographer I feel, but the big difference is that we have to create the scenes that we capture our images from! It all starts with finding the right forms (healthy dose of luck + basic knowledge of formulas) and capturing that perfect perspective, and this to me is what separates a good piece from a bad piece. The coloring/shading and lighting then need to be added and adjusted depending on the scene. This is often the most difficult part of using Mandelbulb 3D. I will often spend countless hours on this part, as it is one of the most crucial aspects for conveying a theme and atmosphere. Rendering choices such as anti-aliasing, additions such as fog effects/volumetric lighting, and post processing features like hard shadows and DoF are all very important too for a final and relatively realistic render. There are indeed many intricate steps that accompany the images you see us 'bulbers producing. We have almost an infinite amount of choices after all! 
My inspiration and artistic vision comes from within the program itself. I owe everything I do to those who came before me and to those who have spent countless hours of their time developing this software, namely Jesse of FractalForums.com for the creation of this software and dark-beam for his formula contributions. Unfortunately this software is no longer in development. :( (Sad) As for changes, it would be nice to see it as a 64-bit application with GPU based implementation like that of Fragmentarium with also the all-in-one rendering/navigation system; Of course with the 3D Navi controls of Mandelbulb 3D! :D (Big Grin) Post processing features such as exposure, levels/curves, and saturation control would all be nice to see as well. The Monte Carlo rendering system within the program itself is the most accurate vision I would like to see become of Mandelbulb 3D in the future, but currently it takes roughly 100x longer to render than the standard rendering system.

Where the Surf Things Grow by Swoopswatkill

What is your biggest achievement regarding fractal art (and why)?

This is a really tough question! I like to think that everything I do raises the bar of what I am capable of as an artist. The honest truth is that everything I do isn't jaw-droppingly amazing, and most importantly I just plain enjoy doing what I do regardless of what other people may think of my work. I've been honored to have received two Daily Deviations in the short time I have been a member here, and my Mandelbulb 3D feature, "Of Ivory and Gold", still remains the piece that I am most proud of. It stands out as one of the most photo-realistic pieces in my gallery. This is a characteristic I always strive for with my pieces as well, even more so recently than in the past! A more recent piece of mine, "Where the Surf Things Grow," showcases a new coloring direction for me, and I am also incredibly happy with the photo-realism I was able to achieve here. And indeed all my newer pieces such as "Fleeing the Scene" or "Totally Tuber Tied" I think showcase some pretty brave color shading as well! :) (Smile) 

Fleeing the Scene by Swoopswatkill Totally Tuber Tied by Swoopswatkill

Almost done! Is there any deviant you would recommend to the community and why?

Sure! I have a bad habit of really only following other fractal artists, but lately I've been trying to branch out and follow other talented Deviants! I have recently stumbled across the talents of one Mars-Hill. The macro photographs in this gallery are spectacular with vivid colors washing over bokeh induced bliss! An absolute must check out!!! Love Love Love 

Pink by Mars-Hill daisy by Mars-Hill Sunny Day by Mars-Hill Jellyfish by Mars-Hill blue daisy by Mars-Hill

Thank you very much for your time! Any last thing to say?

I would like to thank all my supporters who favorite and comment on my work on a regular basis. I am very grateful for each and every one of you! I'm honored as well to be part of a fractal community that values sharing ideas, offering support, and offering a helpful hand every step of the way! It's truly a pleasure to visit this site day in and day out because of all you wonderful and talented people! Huggle!

Be sure to visit Swoopswatkill's profile and gallery! :love:


Minty Freshness by Swoopswatkill 

Tenny's Tertiary Terrian by Swoopswatkill Day Break on Copper Canyon by Swoopswatkill

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:


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Wishlist Tag

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:59 AM by C-91:iconc-91:


I've been tagged both by cinyu  and TiaVon . :ehet: (and I clearly used same skin as TiaVon because awesome)

Step 1:


Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your DA or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step 2:


Surf around your friends list (or friends' friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use -- do it.

You need not spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf -- to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not -- it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Give, and you might receive. and you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My wishlist:


  1. A woollen hat because my Christmas in the middle of Germany will be cold...very cold (it will be also my first time on the snow :| );
  2. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (YES!);
  3. Passing my exams;
  4. A custom icon (dunno if you noticed, but I always use Free To Use icons :stare: );
  5. Seniority for a certain somebody (I only have to gather courage and write the note myself);
  6. To taste peanut butter;
  7. BoxTail to taste Nutella;
  8. To do a Secret Santa for my fractal artists;
  9. To change air (both in art and real life);
  10. Goodness for my dears (classic! :hug: ).

I tag:

BoxTail tatasz Fiery-Fire nosugarjustanger Agaave ThoughtWeaver  JenFruzz George-B-Art  aaaaaaaaaaaand anybody who wants to. :dummy: (and Xyrus-02  DO EET)
(sowwi for the tag :blanktehe: )

Skin by SimplySilent
I know it's a bit late...better late than ever!!! :ashamed:

Finally I get the chance to reward the winners of the Autumn Contest held by JenFruzz. :la:

Autumn Contest - Winners!Autumn Contest Announcement!
Hey everyone :D I'd like you thank you again for participating in my Autumn Contest. This was the biggest turnout in entries that I have received for any of my contests so far :clap: The deviations were fun to sort through and I loved getting notifications of entries in my message center! But enough of the chit chat. You probably want to know who won, right??
Here we go! Everyone give a big congratulations to yuuike for the deviation, "Project 03 - Broken Ties"

This beautiful piece really caught each of the judge's eyes! It really showcases what autumn is. Lovely work! :la:
Second and third place also went to deserving pieces! Congratulations to Isabel-Afolalu for the second place piece, "Spirit of Fall"

And congratulations to Art-Essel for the piece "Warm Forest"

Prizes
Here is a recap of what each deviant has won!
Autumn Contest - Winners!Autumn Contest Announcement!
Hey everyone :D I'd like you thank you again for participating in my Autumn Contest. This was the biggest turnout in entries that I have received for any of my contests so far :clap: The deviations were fun to sort through and I loved getting notifications of entries in my message center! But enough of the chit chat. You probably want to know who won, right??
Here we go! Everyone give a big congratulations to yuuike for the deviation, "Project 03 - Broken Ties"

This beautiful piece really caught each of the judge's eyes! It really showcases what autumn is. Lovely work! :la:
Second and third place also went to deserving pieces! Congratulations to Isabel-Afolalu for the second place piece, "Spirit of Fall"

And congratulations to Art-Essel for the piece "Warm Forest"

Prizes
Here is a recap of what each deviant has won!
Autumn Contest - Winners!Autumn Contest Announcement!
Hey everyone :D I'd like you thank you again for participating in my Autumn Contest. This was the biggest turnout in entries that I have received for any of my contests so far :clap: The deviations were fun to sort through and I loved getting notifications of entries in my message center! But enough of the chit chat. You probably want to know who won, right??
Here we go! Everyone give a big congratulations to yuuike for the deviation, "Project 03 - Broken Ties"

This beautiful piece really caught each of the judge's eyes! It really showcases what autumn is. Lovely work! :la:
Second and third place also went to deserving pieces! Congratulations to Isabel-Afolalu for the second place piece, "Spirit of Fall"

And congratulations to Art-Essel for the piece "Warm Forest"

Prizes
Here is a recap of what each deviant has won!

Autumn Contest: Winners!


1st Place: yuuike  with Project 03 - Broken Ties


Project 03 - Broken Ties by yuuike

Congratulations!!! :clap:


Nozaaaaaaaaaki-kun by yuuike 
Project 02 - Chase After Your Dreams by yuuike Project 01 - Freedom of the Imagination by yuuike 
Cirno by yuuike Commission ::tld7:: [2] by yuuike 



2nd Place: Isabel-Afolalu  with Spirit of Fall


Spirit of Fall by Isabel-Afolalu

Congratulations!!! :clap:


Window to the Soul by Isabel-Afolalu 
Harry Potter by Isabel-Afolalu
For the First Time in Forever by Isabel-Afolalu The Golden Trio by Isabel-Afolalu Let the Storm Rage On by Isabel-Afolalu 



3rd Place: Art-Essel with Warm forest


Warm forest by Art-Essel

Congratulations!!! :clap:


Eye drawing in colour by Art-Essel 
some of my work from the previous year by Art-Essel BURST OF SOUND by Art-Essel 
quick portrait by Art-Essel elf lady by Art-Essel

These three winners will receive 100 points each from me! :la:



These are the winners, but there have been loads of many great entries! Here's a little feature of the pieces of the other participants:

Music Burn My Soul by Lolita-Artz nature girl by Lolita-Artz Autumn by aloz0810 Moon Guardian - digital by HellsDementedAngel Autumn Shrooms by qwstarplayer Distant Dreamer by since91 Autum by TheAncynt Leaving for winter by crshh  autumn feels like africa     autumn feels like Africa
                       majestic, proud
        the changing of time
           yet staying still
  with tradition
                  it brings feelings of closeness
     preparing for the best
               it showers the sky with its midas' touch
                    and flounces the lilac in its eyes
          and all the while flirting with the wind
                    warm enough but just enough
      for you to wear your favorite sweater
                   and still see her golden hair go strawberry
         with th
 Dreams by George-B-Art Evening . by George-B-Art Fading of the Moon - digital by HellsDementedAngel Autumn is creeping up on us. by Multiartis Wallflower by crshh Autumn Tree by Midge567 CE: Autumn abstract by PPGirl16 Autumn Garden 5 by janclark Oto by aloz0810 Commission - Autumn Fun by NezuPanda Beyond the flower by Multiartis Autumn is here by designsbyjo  autumn's gold by DAGAIZM Autumnal-colours by marthig Autumn Paper 1 by anitess Image by Ionicplasma Image by Ionicplasma Warm forest by Art-Essel Project 03 - Broken Ties by yuuike Lady Autumn and Herr Rabe by AranKirostok Autumn by andromeda-ek Spirit of Fall by Isabel-Afolalu GATE TO AUTUMN by DAGAIZM Crown by haifischfutter <da:thumb id="495615962"/> <da:thumb id="495613798"/> october 22 autumn by marraz-dezagun Commission - Forest Walk by NezuPanda Autumn in the mountain by andromeda-ek



Thank you so much for taking part!!! :hug:

Misconceptions about Seniority

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 12:55 PM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Senior Week


Browsing the site, it's not that uncommon to find out people expressing their thoughts and beliefs about Seniority related topics. Do you need to be popular in order to become Senior? Can Seniors ban people? Do they have influence on staff decisions? ...and so much on. :D Unfortunately (or luckily, depends on the point of view :D), most of these opinions are just urban legends, meaning they're totally not true. With this journal, I'd like to clarify some of the most popular common beliefs and explain you why they're wrong. :la:

Before we start, I'd like you to read FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?. I will be covering this matter several times, but I think it can help to understand the whole thing better. :D


You need to be famous in order to be choosen as Senior member

WRONG. Fame might help in order to get you suggested, but it's not a crucial requirement. The number of watchers or pageviews on your profile doesn't really influence the choice, since there are members with over 100,000 watchers that aren't Seniors yet. And also, we're only considering the Seniors elected by suggestions. Admins get Seniority after their working term expires, and some of them are not famous around the site (maybe because they aren't doing a job that involves them with the community specifically). So, don't get surprised if you see a Senior with few watchers. :)


You can become Senior only for artistic skills.

You can become Seniors for your artistic endeavours, which I think is completely different from "artistic skills". It's the result of putting your artistic skills available to help other people to get better (for example, giving good advices or sharing resources). But as the FAQ says, this is only one among the many possibilities. :D


You need to have at least one Daily Deviation in your gallery to get a chance to become Senior.

Again, no. The Daily Deviation is just a feature (indeed a special one, but still a feature!) and it's in no way bound to Seniority. In fact, there are more Seniors without DDs than you can imagine (just think that many Seniors have no pieces in their galleries). :D So, if you're wishing to become Senior and don't have DDs in your gallery, don't worry! :heart:


Being famous and having a filled gallery is a requirement in order to be able to suggest somebody for Seniority.

I honestly think it's about the person you're suggesting and not really about the suggester. :ponder: Surely every suggestion is read and considered valuable, regardless of the current status of the suggesters. :heart:


As a Senior, you have responsibilities and you always need to keep a great attitude/never be rude.

False. Being kind is not a requirement, also they are human beings like you, so it's normal that they can have "bad days" and don't reply with the nicest tone ever. :D Seniors don't have any kind of imposed responsibility regarding to the community. If they do features and many other useful things, it's all about their will and not about some sort of "weight" on their shoulder. :D


You're a Senior, so you have the privilege to ban people


This is so wrong. Becoming Senior doesn't mean becoming a member of the staff!!! :noes: We don't have such powers!!!


Seniors have influence on staff's and CVs' decisions.

False. Seniors don't have any kind of influence whatsoever on staff and/or CVs team. Never had, never will have. :D


You can become Senior only after spending time as Volunteer/Staff member.

Absolutely no. It's indeed a way to become Senior, but not the only one. You can gain Seniority in many ways, all summarized in the related FAQ. :)


Senior members have a lifetime Premium Membership.

Wrong. Senior members without Premium Membership can use widgets and some features available to subscribed users. However, not every feature is available to unsubscribed Seniors (for example, Google Analytics and Beta Testing).


You gain Seniority only if you're a Premium Member.

No!!! :noes: You can become Senior even if you're not subscribed, this is totally irrelevant!!!


"Socializing" with admins and CVs raises the chances to gain Seniority.

To use a "synonym". :longdistancelick:  Anyway, quite not really. I suggest you that instead of "socializing", you could start doing something useful for the community. It's a better spent time. :D


Seniors get along only with other Seniors, or Seniors are unapproachable/snob people.

My heart cries. :crying: For a moment, please forget about the fancy symbol and go and greet a Senior deviant. You won't be disappointed! :heart: :hug: Seniority doesn't make people snob or unapproachable. :stare: Seniors are not an elite and they're really glad to get along with everybody. :D


Seniority is a gift/prize you can get for special events.

"His pet is sick, he's really sad.", "She just broke up with her boyfriend.", "He got his bachelor degree last week.", all ending with "can you make them Seniors?".It doesn't work like this. First, let's learn the difference between prize and accolade. A prize is something you win after a challenge, while an accolade is an acknowledgement of your efforts and selfless actions within a community. Seniority is an accolade. Second, Seniority is something related to deviantART only. Nobody doubts your good deeds in real life, but the Senior status is given to those people that contributed to the benefit of the deviantART community. If you really deserve to be Senior on this site, sooner or later you will be. :hug:


The more you get suggested, the higher is the chance to become Senior.

I saw some comments saying "I know I got suggested by many deviants, I wonder when I'll become senior too!". :D The fact is that you can't just make people suggest yourself and expect to automatically become Senior. Shortly before the next announcement is made, fourteenthstar reviews the suggested deviants and decides who truly deserves the accolade. It can happen that a user with few suggestions is more deserving than another who got loads of suggestions (maybe with a not-so-smart note "flashmob"). :)


You can't suggest yourself for Seniority.

Wrong.

Since it's not written anywhere in the FAQ, I guess you can as much as you can suggest your works for Daily Deviations (although it's not really the same). :B


Senior membership is related to the age of your account.

WRONG. I've been a member for 7 years indeed, but been active for 2 years and a half, so I can say I became Senior after 2 years and a half of activity. Other Seniors have been selected after a year of activity. And please, pay attention of the word I'm using: activity. It's not about how long you've been here, it's about how you spent your time. :D
Although it's very unlikely to become Seniors after only three months of being on deviantART.


You can't become Senior if you're underage/too young.

Super wrong! Seniority has nothing to do with your actual age! :la: Either you're 13 or 87, if you deserve to be Senior, you'll be Senior! :D Currently, there are some underage Seniors, as well as there were in the past...though they grew up and they're not underage anymore. :lmao:


Seniority is somehow related to the nationality of the deviant.

Totally wrong. As deviantART is a worldwide community, so Senior members belong to every part of the world. Whether you're American, Asian, European, black, white, blue, a cat or you come from Mars, you will be Senior if you deserve so. :nod:


Seniors don't tell you why they became Seniors because they want to keep it secret.

Wrong. Most of the time, it's a mystery to themselves too. :D The reasons why somebody got Seniority is never disclosed publicly because people would tend to follow those "guidelines" to get Seniority (unless they're becoming Senior via Deviousness Award, then you will find a widget with a brief explanation in their pages). We can only guess some of the reasons, according to what it's written in FAQ #29: How do I become a Senior Member?. :D


Llama badges given by Seniors worth as a double badge (you receive two llamas instead of one).

Of course not! And the same thing applies to Staff members and Community Volunteers! :lmao: We can only give one llama badge per deviant, and one llama is one llama! 




Special thanks to the deviantART community for the support and help given to gather all these misconceptions, that I hope they have been clarified as much as possible. :hug:
If you have a question that is not covered in this journal, don't hesitate to ask to a Senior or a Staff member. I'm sure they will be available for further explanations. :D

Meet the Fractal Community #15

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:57 PM


Meet the Fractal Community #15


Hello and welcome to a new edition of Meet the Fractal Community, a forthnightly series of interviews that highlights a member of our community. The series will go back and focus on fractal artists.

Today, let's have a closer look to CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:

Hello CoffeeToffeeSquirrel How are you today?

Hi, Silvia! I am sitting here, snuggly and comfy in my couch with coffee, dogs and fractals. So I am totally fine!

The Blue Hour by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Therese, and I am from Norway. I live near Oslo with my two dogs. I am deaf and is a sign language teacher, but quitted due to health problems. Now I am working in logistics and accounting. So art is my escape from all these dry numbers and lists. Laughing my ass off! I have always loved to be creative, since I was a kid. Drawing, painting, knitting, embroidery, clay, writing and so forth. My mom is an artist, so she encouraged me to be creative. But I also like math and science, so I was happy when I found fractal art, a perfect combo of math and art La la la la

How did you discover fractal art?

In 2009 I made an account here on DA for my photos, but it changed quickly when I found this picture by Aeires I fell in love and looked for more pictures like that. After this day I was totally in love with fractals. I tried different programs, Apophysis, Sterling, fractal explorer and xaos before I found Ultra Fractal. Here is a couple of my oldies XD

sequins by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel thoracic cage by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel towers of candy by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

You're mainly an UltraFractal artist. What do you like about UF? What would you change?

As I said before I tried Apo, even took one of Platinus' classes, but I never felt comfortable with the program, even I love and adore well made apo fractals Love And UF was even worse, I tried and tried, spent hours to figure out all these buttons and algorithms, but everything I made was just meh. When I met Avalonwing and Jimpan1973 a lot changed. I got parameters from them for dissecting and studying, I found tutorials here on DA, went into #Aposhack and met more people, and got so much help and support! The fractal community here on DA is so nice and helpful! I owe you guys a lot!! Hahaha, sorry for trailing off, why I like UF, it is hard to say why. Probably I am emotionally attached to the program, I struggled with it for a long time before I got it, and now I feel like I am home every time I open UF. I like it because the possibilities are so vast! You can experiment with different styles, you can work with different layers and merge modes, like you do in Photoshop. The only negative thing is the price. Other programs are free, but you have to pay for UF. Not everyone can afford it, sadly :( (Sad)

Night And Day by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

Aside from fractals, do you have any other passion/hobby?

First and foremost, my faith as one of Jehovah's witnesses. Other passions are reading, drawing, my dogs, making other people laugh and learning new languages Love 

Almost done! Is there any deviant you would recommend to the community and why?

Oooh, there are so many people, but one of my favourite artists is Satu Oli, aka magnusti78 Her fractals always make me so happy! 

Julian Model by magnusti78 Before Winter by magnusti78 August by magnusti78 SeacretForest by magnusti78

Thank you very much for your time! Any last thing to say?

Drink a lot of coffee, eat chocolate and make moar fractals :iconfatlaplz:

Be sure to visit CoffeeToffeeSquirrel's profile and gallery! Love

 
Spring Fever- w/ parameters by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel
Certain Preconceived Notions by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Narya by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:


Previous issues:
#13 batjorge | #14 wolfepaw




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Have you ever wished that you could pick a Daily Deviation Feature? I'm sure we've all seen an amazing piece of art or stock that we wished could have a bit more exposure. Well, this is your chance! This December we are encouraging you to feature your fellow deviants with a journal of images that you would feature as a Daily Deviation if you could. So let's embrace the Holiday Season and spread some good cheer by joining in and featuring our community!

The Game Plan

  • Create and publish a journal feature of images that you would choose for a Daily Deviation Feature from your preferred gallery. 
    (i.e. Fractal artists would feature artworks from the Fractal Art gallery etc.)
  • When your journal feature is live, link it back to your Community Volunteer's Community Feature Project Journal in the comments area.
    (i.e. Fractalists would link back to this journal, fractal resources would be linked back to CelticStrm-Stock's journal etc.)
  • After all of the features have been linked to your Community Volunteer's journal, we will publish a master journal feature of all the community features.

    The Dates and Times

  • Start Date: December 01, 2014 

  • End Date: December 21, 2014   (All features must be linked to your gallery CV's journal by this date.)

  • CV Feature Dates: December 22 - 31, 2014

We can't wait to see the fantastic art that you find and feature! If you are not sure who your Gallery Community Volunteers are, please refer to this list:

The Community Relations TeamThe Community Relations Team is made up of Community Volunteers who liaise with Director of Community Relations Moonbeam13
Community Volunteers help the community out by providing you – the community – with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums. You’ll find them doing the following:
Helping run community challenges and educational projectsSupporting community eventsHelping moderate forumsBeing part of the #help teamBeing part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatroomsLiaising with Moonbeam13 on community mattersBringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations
Please read :faq85: before applying for a Community Volunteer positionNote that you must be 18 years of age or older to qualifyPlease do NOT send notes
Apply Now
This is a listing of our current open Community Volunteer positions within Commu


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List of the CVs taking part to the project:



C.R.E.A.T.E.

Community
Respect
Excellence
Artists
Trust
Empower.




Community Groups

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Senior Week


Hey guys! :wave:

Sometimes, as well as the real life, our virtual adventure on deviantART can get tough. Changes on the site, trolls, lack of points or premium memberships...many things that can make you go mad. :noes:
But fortunately, there are some useful tools you can take advantage of to make your experience a little bit easier. :D So, here it goes...

10 useful things that can make your life easier on deviantART.


#1: The Stick Menu


Actually, this is the thing that gave me the idea for the article. I already covered this tool in my journal as escamotage against Daily Deviations gone from the footer.
The Stick Menu is a customizable toolbar that every user can activate from their Settings. It allows you to have shortcuts to the main pages on deviantART, including Daily Deviations, Help&FAQ, Sta.sh and Chats.

How to activate:
Go to your Settings, then click on Browsing. In the General Browsing section, flag the Enable Stick Menu voice, then click Save. Simple, isn't it? :D
To customize your toolbar, click on More on the far right of the bar, then drag items from the right to the left of the drop-down menu. (Note: you have to be very specific with dragging, otherwise the shortcuts bounce back to the right.)



The Stick Menu doesn't work and/or you don't like it? No problem, we have an alternative! This nice script allows you to put shortcuts directly in your top-menu, when hovering your nickname with your cursor. Other than being able to add internal deviantART pages (like Daily Deviations), you can also customize your top-menu with external link, to have your favorite sites at your fingertips! :D

To use this script, follow the instructions in the deviation page.


#3: Description and Bio fields


In my deviantART experience, I've never had much success in gaining Premium Memberships (until I became Senior and eventually CV), so I couldn't use fancy Custom Boxes to put infos about my art media. And even if, once the PM ran out, the widgets would have disappeared. But hey! Not the end of the world, there are alternatives!
Did you know that you could use the description field of the Featured Deviation widget to add thumbs and infos? And did you know that you could do the same with your Bio field in your ID widget?

For what I am concerned, I used to include the infos about the programs available for Fractal art in my Bio: I wrote my biography, then drew a line (<hr> tag) and then added the infos I wanted to share. I know it's not the fanciest way to do that, but I think it's a good alternative for those who are not lucky enough to have a Premium Membership. :D



#4: Block Tool


Useful tool to counter unpleasant experiences, the Block Tool can be used either to block a person or for removing oneself from a certain user's deviantWATCH. What does it do?
  • Removes the devWATCH both from the blocker and the blocked person;
  • Removes every favorite given from the blocker and the blocked person (if applicable);
  • Prevents both the blocker and the blocked person from interacting with each other, with any possible mean.
After unblocking a deviant, there's a cooldown timer of 48 hours before being able to block the same person again. There's a limit of 500 blocked deviants at the same time.



#5: Llama trade for points


You won't become the Scrooge McDuck of points with this particular feature, but it's always better than a punch in the stomach. :lol:
There are some generous people who love llamas so much that they're giving you points for them! Isn't that amazing? If you visit your Badges center (by clicking on your badges on your profile), sometimes you will find boxes under Recent offers. If you click on Give llama badge, you will give the llama to that user and automatically receive the amount of points indicated in the box.

10743331 10204875833246443 542597215 N by C-91

If you click on Trade Points for Llamas?, you will be able to set an amount of points per llama and a point threshold to donate to whoever takes advantage of the offer.



#6: dAhub


dAhub is an account made for whoever desires to gain some points, llamas, watchers and :+fav:. The rules of dAhub are really simple. :D
  • People who desire to be watched/faved/llamaed donate a certain amount of points (20) in the donation pool. These people get a spot in the donation pool description;
  • People who desire points shall watch/fave/llama those people indicated in the donation pool widget.
It's not only a method to gain something you really desire, but also a way to get in touch with other people. :D For more infos, please visit these dAhub's links:
Welcome To dAhub



#7: Tabbing a deviant in Chats


When chatting in a chatroom, it could come in handy to be able to directly speak to a fellow deviant. That is possible by typing the nickname of the user and then writing the message. But what if a deviant has a shamelessly long name? :noes: That's here that I introduce to you tabbing, a really quick action that will help you to save time and typos. :lol:

How does tabbing work?
Simply digit the first three/four letters of the nickname of the deviant you want to speak to and then press the TAB key on your Keyboard (it's above the CAPS LOCK key). Easy! :D



For CSS dummies like me, this is HUGE! :noes: This convenient journal skin generator allows you to create your own journal skins: you can change header and footer, put images, change fonts and styles...and everything with a very user-friendly interface! All you have to do is to use the tabs on the left side of the page and insert your preferences: an instant preview allows you to see how you're changing your skin and a box on the bottom generates the codes to paste in the Skin Editor. :D Can't be easier!

Note: You must be a Premium Member and/or be submitting a journal to a Super Group in order to be able to use Journal Skins. Unsubscribed Senior members can use journal skins as well.


#9: Google Analytics


The default statistics of deviantART are not enough for you? You want to know more about your views and visitors? No problem! Google Analytics is the answer to all your desires. :D
Google Analytics is a handful tool that allows you to keep track of what's going on on your profile page. In particular, Google Analytics:

  • has real-time infos about your page, including how many visitors are on your profile at the moment;
  • has detailed infos about which part of your profile (gallery, favs, journal or specific deviations) people are visiting;
  • can tell you the nationality of your visitors;
  • can do cross checks with a wide range of statistics;
...and much more! :D

How to enable Google Analytics:
First, you need to create a free account on Google Analytics. Be sure to choose Universal Analytics tracking method (and not Classic Analytics!) and insert your dA profile URL when required.
Then, access your Settings. Click on General section, scroll down until you see Google Analytics. Check the Enable GA box and insert your Tracking ID (if you're not sure how to find it, please click on the link next to the Traking ID string - Where do I find my Tracking ID?). Then click Save.

Note: You must be a Premium Member in order to be able to use Google Analytics with your dA account! This feature is not available to unsubscribed Senior members.



For all of you people that sit in front of the chats night and day...this is for you. :heart:
Once you get The Bundle working for your browser, there's no turning back.

The Bundle:
  • gives to the chatroom a new and fresh graphic interface;
  • allows you to enable sounds for notifications from your MC while you're chatting;
  • embeds external videos and Soundcloud tracks directly in the chat;
...and so much more! :la: Check the flash movie in the deviation page to have a preview of what this script does!

Follow the instructions given in The Bundle's description to get it in your favorite browser!



This is the end of little insight of what I think can be really useful and help to make your deviantART experience more pleasant. :D But of course, there's so much more to add, so I'd like to leave a question for the readers: 

In terms of little useful things, what is something you can't do without here on deviantART?


I'd like to thank all the deviants that helped me to build this list up! Thank you so much! :heart:


Monthly Bake Off! Bake Off! Has just a few more days to go - get baking your bread and enter!
The monthly Bake Off! is designed to make you bake or cook something! You have a whole month to plan what you'd like to do and there are various ways in which you can win some prizes.

This month the theme is 'Bread.' You can interpret this how you wish! I certainly didn't bake these rolls from scratch but used a packet mix (cheating but oh so tasty!) and got a little creative with how I arranged them. It would be good to include the recipe in your commets, or a link to the recipe if you took inspiration from elsewhere. It will help with regards to the prizing criteria listed below too...
:bulletblack: - Entries must follow the rules of Still Life Photography - no body parts!
:bulletblack: - One entry per person please!
:bulletblack: - Entries must be your own work.
:bulletblack: - Entries must have minimal photo-man
Monthly Bake Off! Bake Off! Has just a few more days to go - get baking your bread and enter!
The monthly Bake Off! is designed to make you bake or cook something! You have a whole month to plan what you'd like to do and there are various ways in which you can win some prizes.

This month the theme is 'Bread.' You can interpret this how you wish! I certainly didn't bake these rolls from scratch but used a packet mix (cheating but oh so tasty!) and got a little creative with how I arranged them. It would be good to include the recipe in your commets, or a link to the recipe if you took inspiration from elsewhere. It will help with regards to the prizing criteria listed below too...
:bulletblack: - Entries must follow the rules of Still Life Photography - no body parts!
:bulletblack: - One entry per person please!
:bulletblack: - Entries must be your own work.
:bulletblack: - Entries must have minimal photo-man
Monthly Bake Off! Bake Off! Has just a few more days to go - get baking your bread and enter!
The monthly Bake Off! is designed to make you bake or cook something! You have a whole month to plan what you'd like to do and there are various ways in which you can win some prizes.

This month the theme is 'Bread.' You can interpret this how you wish! I certainly didn't bake these rolls from scratch but used a packet mix (cheating but oh so tasty!) and got a little creative with how I arranged them. It would be good to include the recipe in your commets, or a link to the recipe if you took inspiration from elsewhere. It will help with regards to the prizing criteria listed below too...
:bulletblack: - Entries must follow the rules of Still Life Photography - no body parts!
:bulletblack: - One entry per person please!
:bulletblack: - Entries must be your own work.
:bulletblack: - Entries must have minimal photo-man
Monthly Bake Off! Bake Off! Has just a few more days to go - get baking your bread and enter!
The monthly Bake Off! is designed to make you bake or cook something! You have a whole month to plan what you'd like to do and there are various ways in which you can win some prizes.

This month the theme is 'Bread.' You can interpret this how you wish! I certainly didn't bake these rolls from scratch but used a packet mix (cheating but oh so tasty!) and got a little creative with how I arranged them. It would be good to include the recipe in your commets, or a link to the recipe if you took inspiration from elsewhere. It will help with regards to the prizing criteria listed below too...
:bulletblack: - Entries must follow the rules of Still Life Photography - no body parts!
:bulletblack: - One entry per person please!
:bulletblack: - Entries must be your own work.
:bulletblack: - Entries must have minimal photo-man
Monthly Bake Off! Bake Off! Has just a few more days to go - get baking your bread and enter!
The monthly Bake Off! is designed to make you bake or cook something! You have a whole month to plan what you'd like to do and there are various ways in which you can win some prizes.

This month the theme is 'Bread.' You can interpret this how you wish! I certainly didn't bake these rolls from scratch but used a packet mix (cheating but oh so tasty!) and got a little creative with how I arranged them. It would be good to include the recipe in your commets, or a link to the recipe if you took inspiration from elsewhere. It will help with regards to the prizing criteria listed below too...
:bulletblack: - Entries must follow the rules of Still Life Photography - no body parts!
:bulletblack: - One entry per person please!
:bulletblack: - Entries must be your own work.
:bulletblack: - Entries must have minimal photo-man

Are you able to bake/cook some awesome bread? Do you have a camera? 

Y U NO ENTRY MONTHLY BAKE OFF THEN? :angry: :angry: :angry: 


Come on! :la:
I love bread (but I can't bake it), and I'd love to see more entries! You have few days left, hurry up! :noes:

Fractaling Vol. 33

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 1:55 PM


Fractaling Vol. 33


Before we start, krompulos is holding a Mandelbulb3D themed contest! Please, check it out!
Scavenger hunt, Tweak, Repaint Contest and Rules.Hello all and welcome to my first contest.
This is open to all who use Mandelbulb3D.
There are some good, solid entries so far, check them out here
krompulos.deviantart.com/favourites/62626571/Contest-Entries
To get started on your entry, grab the starting parameters here
Contest Parameters and sample imageby krompulos
The Rules:
Entries must refrence the original image (so I can find them)
Each deviant may only enter one piece in each category.
The piece must also specify which category it is intended for, in the description.
All entries must be in before Dec. 20th to be eligable.
Note: you do not have to submit entries in more than one, or all categories, if you do not want to.
The Categories:
Scavenger Hunt- Using the original parameters, explore the environment, and render an image that highlights
Scavenger hunt, Tweak, Repaint Contest and Rules.Hello all and welcome to my first contest.
This is open to all who use Mandelbulb3D.
There are some good, solid entries so far, check them out here
krompulos.deviantart.com/favourites/62626571/Contest-Entries
To get started on your entry, grab the starting parameters here
Contest Parameters and sample imageby krompulos
The Rules:
Entries must refrence the original image (so I can find them)
Each deviant may only enter one piece in each category.
The piece must also specify which category it is intended for, in the description.
All entries must be in before Dec. 20th to be eligable.
Note: you do not have to submit entries in more than one, or all categories, if you do not want to.
The Categories:
Scavenger Hunt- Using the original parameters, explore the environment, and render an image that highlights
Scavenger hunt, Tweak, Repaint Contest and Rules.Hello all and welcome to my first contest.
This is open to all who use Mandelbulb3D.
There are some good, solid entries so far, check them out here
krompulos.deviantart.com/favourites/62626571/Contest-Entries
To get started on your entry, grab the starting parameters here
Contest Parameters and sample imageby krompulos
The Rules:
Entries must refrence the original image (so I can find them)
Each deviant may only enter one piece in each category.
The piece must also specify which category it is intended for, in the description.
All entries must be in before Dec. 20th to be eligable.
Note: you do not have to submit entries in more than one, or all categories, if you do not want to.
The Categories:
Scavenger Hunt- Using the original parameters, explore the environment, and render an image that highlights




Welcome to the 32rd edition of Fractaling!
Please, be sure to go to the deviations, leave a comment and +favlove !

Hevangaard by Fiery-Fire Justof by piethein21
Scarlet flower. by semenocatya 
The Law Giver by AnnaKirsten The City Center by SideShowPresents
Smile by Fiend-V

Go and show these deviants some love!

See you next week! Noes! - C-91


Meet the Fractal Community #14

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 4:38 AM


Meet the Fractal Community #14


Hello and welcome to a new edition of Meet the Fractal Community, a forthnightly series of interviews that highlights a member of our community. The series will go back and focus on fractal artists.

Today, let's have a closer look to wolfepaw.

:iconwolfepaw:

Hello wolfepaw! How are you today?

I'm good, Silvia! Keeping busy with my work, my husband and my art. Not nearly enough hours in a day. But, I would like to thank you for asking me for this interview. I’m honored. 

Christmas Woodland Floral by wolfepaw

Can you introduce yourself to the community?

My dA username is wolfepaw, but my real name is Peggi Wolfe. My education and the majority of my career has been in medical research (35 years of it), most of it spent at Tulane Health Sciences Center (aka Med School). I was born and raised in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina took away our house, so I now live in the bustling berg of Natchez, MS. My first submission to dA was actually a photograph in 2007 of fall foliage around our house in Natchez. I never thought much about it until I saw someone had left a comment on the photo and I started interacting with the people of dA. It's been a really wonderful experience and something very different from what I've been used to for most of my adult life and I have enjoyed it immensely and met some really super people. Maybe one day, I’ll actually get to see some of them face to face. That would be cool.

How did you get in touch with fractal art?

I’ve always been a little artsy-craftsy, but I’m not really a talented artist with sketching or painting. I first discovered fractals back around mid 1990s. I actually downloaded some of the software, Fractal Explorer I think it was. But, the interface was totally alien and I had no idea what I was doing and I promptly forgot about it. Then in 2008, I saw a fractal image that a friend found for the wallpaper on her computer. It was gorgeous! I decided to look into it and found that a lot of the software is free for download and that there are tons of free resources for a lot of them. I start first with Tierazon when it was still freeware), then ChaosPro which introduced me to the concept of layers. ChaosPro is a good program to start with and is a reasonable lead-in to UltraFractal (one of my favorite fractal programs!) and how layers work. Then, I found Fractal Explorer and my eyes started to pop out of my head and I spent hours playing with that. Then, I found the glory hole "Apophysis" and the real fractal love affair started! 

I won my first Apo challenge with Spiral Fan. 

Spiral Fan by wolfepaw 

I was so excited! I had actually been voted the winner and I couldn't believe it!! Then, I started making fractal collages using individual "fractalets" I created in Apo. I had so much fun and learned a whole lot about digital editing. Then I won my first contest with the “Apo Rainbow Garden”. 

Apo Rainbow Garden by wolfepaw

That was just the beginning of many hours of great fun making fractals and making new friends through fractal art. There are so many really nice people who are happy to share their expertise to help out new artists. I know I benefitted greatly from these artists and I owe them a large debt of gratitude for helping me grow and enhance my artistic nature.

From your gallery, it's evident that you don't stick to only one fractal program, but use several. Is there one of them that you prefer the most?

Boy, that's a tough question. I would have to say it's a toss-up between Apophysis 7X (Apo - thank you, Xyrus-02) and UltraFractal (UF - thank you, Frederik Slijkerman). I love them both and I find it depends on the look I want as to which one I will go to. They are both very versatile and they both make really beautiful fractals, but I find the look distinctly different, most of the time. I can usually look at a fractal and tell if it's Apo or JWildfire (JW) as opposed to UF or Fractal Explorer (FE) and a whole lot different from Mandelbulb3D fractals. I also love Mandelbulb 3D because of the awesome navigation you can use to look into the images and the amazing 3D fractals it makes! They look more "steampunk" or sometimes even mechanical to me than Apo, UF, JW or FE. I know there are other programs, but I think if I keep trying to learn too many fractal programs, I may not be real good at any of them. But, I just opening up the software and trying out new formulas (UF or MDB3D) or tutorials or plug-ins (Apo) or even more fun, params that other artists share to let the rest of us "tweak" to our heart's content! (I much better at "tweaking" than I am at "twerking").

What would you like to experiment in future?

I would love the learn JWildfire! I have tried it a couple of times and I must be dense, but I can’t seem to get it to work well for me. Plus, it tends to freeze on my laptop, so I take it out every now and then and give it another try. If you know anyone who can recommend a good beginning tutorial for it, I would be very appreciative! I’ve seen some really beautiful fractals and from what I can tell, you can do layers with it. That’s something I wish Apo could do. That’s one of the reasons I love UltraFractal. The ability to make layers and use masks and different blending options can really make a fractal pop!!!

Is there any deviant you'd like to recommend to your audience and why?

That is a really hard question. There are many fractal artists who I think are very talented and stretch the envelope on the craft to amazing degrees. But, if I have to pick one, I would like to recommend Velvet--Glove :iconvelvet--glove: (Chris Martin). I have watched her for years and, to me, her UltraFractal work, in particular her flower and jewel series, are jaw-droppingly gorgeous!!! She is very supportive and offers tips and hints, though she only shares her params for certain things, mostly for instructional purposes. But, I just drool over her work. Her other UF work is wonderful as well, but there’s something magical about her flowers and jewels. So, I can wholeheartedly recommend :iconvelvet--glove: to the community. Here are just a few examples of her artistry:

Jewel of Atlantis by Velvet--Glove Sapphire Scarabs by Velvet--Glove Midwinter Festivity by Velvet--Glove The Arrival of Spring by Velvet--Glove

Amazing, aren't they? Just superb!

We're done! Thank you for your time Peggi!

Thank you so much again, Silvia, for requesting the interview! I hope the readers enjoy it.

Be sure to visit wolfepaw's profile and gallery! :love:

 

It's Fall Again by wolfepaw

Flower Blur Spiral by wolfepaw GlynnSim by GlynnSim by wolfepaw

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:


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Project Educate: Fractal Week

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 4:20 AM


Project Educate: Fractal Week!


Project Educate Continues!

Shh...click on it, it's a link!!!

Hey guys!!! 
I'd like to inform you that I booked a week for Fractal Art at projecteducate!

March, 23rd - March, 29th 2015


I know it's still soon, but I'd like to have an idea of who is willing to contribute. :la:
Come on, don't be shy! If you'd like to do something for the Fractal Week, please send me a note! :hug: