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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:


Previous issues:


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 Yonomi 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 Yonomi 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 Yonomi 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: Yonomi  with Spirit of Fall


Spirit of Fall by Yonomi

Congratulations!!! :clap:


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



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 Yonomi GATE TO AUTUMN by DAGAIZM Crown by haifischfutter A day in Autumn by J3KKO Autumn One by J3KKO 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 and fourteenthstar 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 positi


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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:


Previous issue:
#13 batjorge


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:


Fractaling Vol. 32

Thu Nov 6, 2014, 10:59 AM


Fractaling Vol. 32


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

Du wirst beobachtet by Bramvan
Untitled (Kinetic II) by Kaeltyk
  Mandelbulb 3D by nic022 
Valkyrie by SteveAbell
Winter Is Coming by Johanna-Eriksdottir  
Arachoctopus by skulkey

Go and show these deviants some love!

See you next week! :noes: - C-91


Meet the Fractal Community #13

Mon Nov 3, 2014, 5:00 AM


Meet the Fractal Community #13


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 batjorge.


:iconbatjorge:


Hello batjorge! How are you today?

Hi Silvia :wave: I didn't know that in a real interview they ask you this and you can go away :rofl: Anyways, let's say good :lol: Doing some fractals... :pc:

:lmao: Glad to hear that! Can you introduce yourself to the community?

Hi my name is Jorge, aka batjorge.
I live in the Canary islands, Spain and I'm a fractal artist. I've been making fractals for almost a decade, starting with apophysis for later going fascinated by the 3D fractal world going through many other programs like Terragen, Bryce, 3dsmax and many more.

Levitating Fields by batjorge

Wow, a decade is a lot! How did you get in touch with fractal art?

Hmm, difficult to say. I saw a fractal many many years ago, around twelve years ago here on DA, got a new Internet connection at this time and found DA and thought I want to do this one of this days!
There were other programs, like Kai Power tools and Milkdrop and of course Apophysis who gave me the hook :)

We all know you're a great Mandelbulb3D artist.  What do you prefer about this program in comparison to the other softwares?

I prefer MB3D (Mandelbulb3D) 'cause the 3rd dimension of this. There is a whole world inside every scene you create!

Do you feel there's still some unexplored stuff for you in MB3D? What would you like to experiment in future?

Of course there's still stuff to find due to the endless formula combinations in many ways! Sometimes I think I've just started with it :D (Big Grin)
I've read recently that Jesse (the author of MB3D) has offically stopped developing his program Crying but he left a tiny door open, since it is not opensource
If someone continues developing it I would like to see a 64bit version and maybe some OpenCL feature. Other interesting feature would be an unbiased render engine like Monte Carlo but faster.

Armory Center by batjorge Sentinel by batjorge

We're almost done, Jorge! Is there any deviant you'd like to recommend to your audience and why?

Hmm, hardest question ever! 
I would everyone recommend visit shichigoro756's gallery. :iconshichigoro756: 
He draws lovely little cute monsters. A mix of high-tech, horror and always a bit humorous. Definetely it's a must to visit his awesome gallery!
Of course they are so many great artists here on DA that it wouldn't fit in this interview. And I love all my dear fractal mates, naturally! Best wishes to all and keep fractaling!

hone-no-ko2 by shichigoro756 Chibikan by shichigoro756 Usa-badge by shichigoro756

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


Iced Mint by batjorge
Morphing Flakes part 1 by batjorge Power Room by batjorge 

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:



Fractal Art DD Roundup - October 2014

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 12:59 PM

Ready for some spooky awesomesauce? :nuu:

Join us on October 31st!

Halloween party&events in the forum and in #CommunityRelations!

Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as :points: or premium memberships! :la:
:note: All chatroom activities will take place in CommunityRelations, and all times are PDT. Please use a time converter as needed: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Trick or Treat Scuzzle!
What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!
Guidelines
Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as :points: or premium memberships! :la:
:note: All chatroom activities will take place in CommunityRelations, and all times are PDT. Please use a time converter as needed: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Trick or Treat Scuzzle!
What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!
Guidelines
Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as :points: or premium memberships! :la:
:note: All chatroom activities will take place in CommunityRelations, and all times are PDT. Please use a time converter as needed: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Trick or Treat Scuzzle!
What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!
Guidelines
Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as :points: or premium memberships! :la:
:note: All chatroom activities will take place in CommunityRelations, and all times are PDT. Please use a time converter as needed: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Trick or Treat Scuzzle!
What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!
Guidelines
Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as :points: or premium memberships! :la:
:note: All chatroom activities will take place in CommunityRelations, and all times are PDT. Please use a time converter as needed: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Trick or Treat Scuzzle!
What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!
Guidelines
Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as :points: or premium memberships! :la:
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Trick or Treat Scuzzle!
What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!
Guidelines

Hello! :wave:

I've just created CRFractals, the semi-official fractal group on deviantART, in which you will be able to find infos and features regarding the Fractal Gallery.
For now it's a bit empty, but I hope it will be filled with stuff in the future! :D

To do so, the group needs CONTRIBUTORS.


  • People willing to search for treasures and resources and submit them to the Galleries;
  • People willing to bring exposure to other deviants via features and interviews (needs to be set).
If you feel you're just the right person to be a contributor to CRFractals, please send an application via note to the group.

Include:

:bulletpurple: A little bit about you
:bulletpurple: Which program(s) do you use to make fractals?
:bulletpurple: How much time can you spend on contributing to CRFractals?
:bulletpurple: Is there any other group you contribute to?
:bulletpurple: Why do you want to be contributor of CRFractals?

I hope to hear from you very soon! :hug:
Hello! :wave:

I read a lot of people complaining about Daily Deviations gone from the footer and the fear to miss them. :D If you want to be updated on the DDs without going to the main page of deviantART and clicking on "Daily Deviations", here's something very helpful that you can do. :D

The Stick Menu is a menu bar that "sticks" to the navigation bar. It's customizable, meaning that you can put whatever button you prefer to have shortcuts at your fingertips.

How to enable the Stick Menu


  1. Hover on your nickname on the top right of the page, then click on Settings.
  2. In the Settings page, below Personal, click on Browsing.
  3. At the very bottom of the General Browsing section, check the Enable Stick Menu, right next to Navigation, then click on Save.
Now you should have a dark green bar stuck to your navigation bar, with some shortcuts. On the right, you will find a More link. If you click on it, a list will appear, divided into two parts. On the left, you have your custom shortcuts, while on the right there are the shortcuts you can add to your Stick Menu. Simply drag the ":heart:Daily Deviations" shortcut to the left and it will appear on your stuck bar. To remove a shortcut, drag it from the left to the right. :D Once you're done adding your favorite shortcuts, click on Done.

You don't have any more reason to complain about. Or to miss the Daily Deviations. :P :lmao:

OMG CV + DD Suggestion Guidelines

Fri Oct 24, 2014, 3:01 PM by C-91:iconc-91:


cleaner


Hello guys! :wave:


As you can see, my tick medal has momentaneously changed into a heart :heart:, meaning that I will take care of the Fractal Gallery from this very day! :la:

I'm so excited I can't even. :noes: To do my job properly, I will need your help as community. :hug:

If you have any idea that you'd like to put into practice (contests, special features...), or any other problem or questions, feel free to send me a note. Every opinion matters. :)


Moving on...one of the privileges I got with this new position is that I can feature Daily Deviations. It's not something I'm obliged to do, but I will gladly bring super awesome fractals to the attention of the whole dA community. :D You can send me a note to suggest a piece you feel it's underappreciated and/or deserves to be seen by everybody. :D

First of all, keep in mind that
a Daily Deviation is a feature, not an award. It brings exposure on a site scale for 24 hours. I felt I had to specify it...keep it in mind for the future.
I also invite you to read a few FAQs. :D
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

Guidelines:

  • I can only feature artworks that belong to Digital Art > Fractal Art gallery.

    That includes Raw Fractals, Fractal Manipulations and Fractal Animations. I cannot feature anything else (like Scraps). If you come across a fractal wallpaper, a fractal resource or a fractal animation submitted as video, suggest it to the proper Community Volunteer:
    Resources and Stock Images > Fractal Resources shall be suggested to Elandria, PirateLotus-Stock or CelticStrm-Stock
    Customization > Wallpapers > Fractals shall be suggested to TehAngelsCry
    Film and Animation > Animation > Fractal shall be suggested to TimberClipse or kingmancheng
  • Make sure the artist HAS NOT BEEN FEATURED IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS.

    Check by going to the artist's page and adding /dds at the end of the URL. Example: c-91.deviantart.com/dds
  • Self-suggestion is not only welcome, but encouraged!

    I heard a lot of people complaining "yeah, thanks for DD but I preferred another piece from my gallery". :noes: If you don't tell the CV, how are they supposed to know? :noes: Don't be shy and promote yourself shamelessly! :hug:
  • Send your note with DD Suggestion (or similar) as subject!


  • Suggest artworks that you want to share with more than 33 million people. :iconteheplz:

    No, seriously. Think about it. It must be an outstanding fractal in its own way. :aww:
  • Write a brief reason why you think that piece deserves to be featured (either you're suggesting somebody else or yourself).

    Doesn't need to be a flowery description, but I'd really like to know why you suggested that particular piece. :)
  • Include the pieces as thumbnails (:thumbxxxxxxxx: ).

    I immediately get an idea of what you're going to suggest.
  • Unless stated otherwise or suggested a piece of yours, I will assume you want to be listed as suggester.

    Regarding this, I can mention only one suggester, so I will go for the person who suggested the piece first (I will go for the second on in case the first doesn't want to be listed). A Daily Deviation is about the artwork, not who suggested it. :)
  • I won't make a distinction between famous and unknown artists.

    If they both have an artwork that deserves a DD, I will feature them. However, the priority will be of the rather unknown artists over the already famous ones.
  • You should write me a note in case you don't want to be featured (on some particular pieces or whole gallery).

    I'd rather not give a Daily Deviation instead of seeing one being removed. :( I already know some people who don't desire DDs, so I'm going to keep a list of them to avoid any unpleasant consequence. :D
  • I don't reply to notes (unless you're suggesting me a piece I can't feature or some other cases).

    In case the fractal doesn't get featured within a month, you're free to forward the suggestion to one of the admins. :D
  • Strongly avoid to leave unpleasant comments on the artwork, in case you don't agree with the choice of a DD.

    It's not the artist's fault. You can send a note to my way and I will be glad to give you an explanation of my reasons. :D For more infos, read FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?.
  • I won't feature pieces that are taking part into contests.

    You can send them my way: if they deserve to be featured, I'll keep them until the contest has ended. :D
  • Every note should be written IN ENGLISH ONLY.


What I'm looking for in a fractal artwork:


You can follow the "critique rule" (meaning that you try on your own to rate the fractal following the dA Critique system and see how many stars you get from that...the more, the better! :D).
Basically, I check four things in a fractal:
  • Composition
  • Use of colors
  • Originality
  • Quality of the render
COMPOSITION: how the fractal is placed in the image, use of symmetry, DOF and lights (for 3D fractals). I suggest you to read ChaosFissure's Fractal Rendering and Presentation which, despite it's a tutorial for two specific softwares, has rules that can be applied to any kind of fractal. :)

USE OF COLORS: A wise use of colors, in a fractal, can make the difference. It can highlight details you wouldn't notice with other color settings. tatasz recently wrote an article about that for the Artist Toolbox week. :D Color Theory for Fractal Artists

ORIGINALITY: It doesn't only mean creating an awesome never-seen-before fractal that everybody start to worship asking "HOW DID YOU DO THAAAAAT?". :lmao: It also means being able to take a really common type (for example, flowers and mandalas for Apo, spirals for UF, AmazingSurf formula for MB3D) and make it stand out among the "already seen" examples, by renovating and adding personal elements to that. :D

QUALITY OF THE RENDER: Please, pay attention to the quality of the rendered image. It doesn't need to be super extra smooth to be featured, but not even the lowest quality possible. :| Try to find values that fit for that particular fractal. :)

Shamelessly long guidelines, but I really care that every point is clear. And now...FLOOD ME WITH YOUR NOTES! :iconallthethingsplz:



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Welcome to the 31st edition of Fractaling!
Please, be sure to go to the deviations, leave a comment and +favlove !

Solaris by FractalDesire
 Galactic Experiment by tatasz Of Ivory and Gold by Swoopswatkill 
Iced Mint by batjorge
Night lights of the ancient city by KPEKEP

Fractal Daily Deviations for the past week:

Phaethic Escapade by ChaosFissure

Go and show these deviants some love!

See you next week! :noes: - C-91
SA Interview - C-91Congratulations to C-91 for receiving seniority on July 7th, 2014! :squee:

What is it like to be a part of the senior hut? How do you feel about receiving the Medal? How did you receive the news?
I don't know how to describe the feeling! :noes: Everytime I think about my new status, I smile like an idiot. :lmao: I don't deny that I hoped for it, but I actually didn't expect to become a senior. It's been a huge and awesome surprise and I need some time to get used to my little medal. :D I hope it means that I've done something good around here, that would make me even more happy! :noes:
I was checking my dA message center on the phone when I saw the journal by fourteenthstar that pre-announced she would have been nominating new seniors during the day. I'm always curious because I like when I recognize somebody from the list
SA Interview - C-91Congratulations to C-91 for receiving seniority on July 7th, 2014! :squee:

What is it like to be a part of the senior hut? How do you feel about receiving the Medal? How did you receive the news?
I don't know how to describe the feeling! :noes: Everytime I think about my new status, I smile like an idiot. :lmao: I don't deny that I hoped for it, but I actually didn't expect to become a senior. It's been a huge and awesome surprise and I need some time to get used to my little medal. :D I hope it means that I've done something good around here, that would make me even more happy! :noes:
I was checking my dA message center on the phone when I saw the journal by fourteenthstar that pre-announced she would have been nominating new seniors during the day. I'm always curious because I like when I recognize somebody from the list
SA Interview - C-91Congratulations to C-91 for receiving seniority on July 7th, 2014! :squee:

What is it like to be a part of the senior hut? How do you feel about receiving the Medal? How did you receive the news?
I don't know how to describe the feeling! :noes: Everytime I think about my new status, I smile like an idiot. :lmao: I don't deny that I hoped for it, but I actually didn't expect to become a senior. It's been a huge and awesome surprise and I need some time to get used to my little medal. :D I hope it means that I've done something good around here, that would make me even more happy! :noes:
I was checking my dA message center on the phone when I saw the journal by fourteenthstar that pre-announced she would have been nominating new seniors during the day. I'm always curious because I like when I recognize somebody from the list


The interview I did in July is finally out! :la: Maybe you want to read it! :lol: I spammed some groups in there. :hug:
  • Mood: Affection
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: What I'm writing ROFL
  • Watching: The screen OMG I'M SO FUNNY