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Guess that Fractalist! Vol. VIII

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 5:33 AM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the eighth issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...dark-beam!

So easy!

Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: deep blue glass by rce-ordinary Valley of Fossils by AnnaKirsten Three Differencies by LukasFractalisator Illusory Illusion by LightBulbMoon Earth Goddess by coby01 04 Landing Pods by Jaffa-Tealc alien apothecary by fraterchaos Watching and waiting by janhein:clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This fractalist is a man from Prague (Czech Republic);
  2. He mainly works with Mandelbulb3D, but it's possible to find other software galleries on his profile;
  3. His OS of choice is Ubuntu.

Some of his works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Guess that Fractalist! Vol. VII

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 1:19 AM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the seventh issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...ElenaLight!


Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: All in There - Pong 1 by Sabine62 Fans by isider Spring Rite by OutsideFate :clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This fractalist is a guy from Italy;
  2. He's famous for his contributions to a particular fractal software;
  3. His polls are funny.

Some of his works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Scavenger Hunt Announcement

Fri Jun 12, 2015, 9:00 AM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Chats & Forums Week


Hello guys! I'm C-91 and this week I'll be in #CommunityRelations for the Scavenger Hunt, during the Chats & Forums week at projecteducate!

What is it about?


I will choose some deviations you have to search and find in the DeviantArt galleries. You'll be given a hint to help you with your hunt, and the first participant who guesses the right artwork will score a point.
The person who guesses more deviations will win the whole game. :D



Where and when?


Sunday, June 14th in #CommunityRelations, 12PM PST (9PM Central European Summer Time)

Prize


The winner will receive 3 Months Premium Membership or the equivalent in points (636:points:).

See you there!



Guess that Fractalist! Vol. VI

Tue Jun 9, 2015, 12:20 PM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the sixth issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...AnnaKirsten!


Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: SpiderWebs by littledeviltoo Audra's spheres! by isider Torch by Jaffa-Tealc :clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This fractalist is a woman who lives in Greece (but she's born in another country);
  2. She collaborated a lot with another popular fractal artist from Russia;
  3. She believes in miracles.

Some of her works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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cleaner


Voyage to the unknown is a feature project started by Mrs-Durden. The aim of Voyage to the unknown is to browse a gallery or subgallery you normally wouldn't visit, pick some pieces you like and create a feature with them. :D
The project has been going on for a month, so it's time I take part too. :iconjuap:

I won't tag anybody, but I'd really appreciate if you could do something similar. Time spent in features is always well spent. :D

Designs & Interfaces

Ornate Shark T-shirt by BioWorkZ
ERIK WOLLO  BLUE RADIANCE cover design by SHUME-1 Route 5 by PeekyChew
Child of the swan - PREORDER by ELK64 155- Anchor by Lucky978
Constantinople by RadoJavor

If you want to suggest a DD for Designs & Interfaces, pica-ae is your girl! :D

#thevoyage #voyagetotheunknown 


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

Community
Respect
Excellence
Artists
Trust
Empower.




Community Groups

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Hello! :wave:
It's been a long time since I wrote a personal journal. :slow:
What happened in the past months? Starting from February, I had a mix of stuff (mononucleosis and cytomegalovirus) and suffered a lot with my throat. Thankfully, lymph nodes didn't get swollen, but I had to stop my physical activity (wing tjun) for three months, missing the chance to reach a higher grade. Also, study times have been difficult. Yes, health above everything, and yes, it could have been worse...but let me complain, it's still annoying. :|
Because of mononucleosis, shortly before Easter I had to check if my spleen got swollen. Everything was ok, but they discovered other two things: the first one is that my gallbladder was invisible, due to being full of stones, second one is that I have a tiny tiny nodule in my thyroid, which I have to check in some months again. Nothing to worry about for the moment. :lmao:



So, due to the fact that I never had severe problems with the status of my gallbladder (except an annoying dyspepsia), I decided to remove it to prevent crampings. Two days ago I underwent surgery for that and they found my gallebladder full as ever of 1cm gallstones. :lmao:


(My tonsils are still there, but they risked to be removed often too :|)

I have some problems due to anesthesia (I still babble) and my belly hurts, so I have problems in walking and getting up, but overall I'm fine. :D I should be completely restored in a week. :D


On another note...tomorrow I'll spend Tea Time with Eitvys200 in #TehTime. If you want to come by and ask me questions, we'll be there from 14 CEST (Central Europe Summer Time). :D You're welcome to join us!

Take care! :hug:

(images from The Awkward Yeti)

Guess that Fractalist! Vol. V

Tue Jun 2, 2015, 12:55 PM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the fifth issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...BoxTail!


Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: Verticalized Glynnia by Fractalviking Scizophrenia by OutsideFate Engine Troubles by timemit :clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This fractalist is a lady from United Kingdom;
  2. She loves cats, but not tagging or being tagged;
  3. She enjoys both fractals and photography.

Some of her works:




Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Winner of May Challenge:
Congratulations to aartika-fractal-art!!! :clap:
:iconaartika-fractal-art:


Clematis montana by aartika-fractal-art

aartika-fractal-art will receive one month Premium Membership and 200:points:! :clap:
Runners-up are Velvet--Glove and coby01! :clap:

Mayflower by Velvet--Glove First May flowers by coby01



June Challenge: Theme


June marks the beginning of a new season! Put the upcoming season into a fractal and submit it to our gallery. :D
Note: it's not Summer everywhere.

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 June 2015 - Blue Skies and Clear Waters.


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:

  • One month Premium Membership, 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



28th of June, 10:00 PM (GMT+1) (1 pm PST)
The winner will be announced in the next challenge announcement on July 1st, 2015.



Judging method


Each judge lists a top 3 of their favourite work. An amount of points is assigned to every place:

1st place: 10 points

2nd place: 6 points

3rd place: 3 points

The artwork which receives more points (summed from every vote) is declared winner.
In case of a draw, a fifth judge (a member of our Wardens) will be chosen to declare the winner.



Judges


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


Let's get it started!



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Guess that Fractalist! Vol. IV

Tue May 26, 2015, 2:14 AM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the fourth issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...axolotl7!


I admit it was veeeeery difficult. :|
Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: Lies and other truths by eReSaW In Red Color by njulie :clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This guy comes from Northern Europe;
  2. He also enjoys photography;
  3. :dummy:

Some of his works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Guess that Fractalist! Vol. III

Tue May 19, 2015, 2:02 PM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the third issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...FractalEyes!


Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: polar:ity chain by rce-ordinary Hey little buddy, how are you ? by eReSaW Structure by OutsideFate :clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This fractalist is a man from United States;
  2. He works with Mandelbulb3D and he's been a deviant for 2 years;
  3. His nickname is made of the name of an animal and a digit.

Some of his works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Guess that Fractalist! Vol. II

Tue May 12, 2015, 3:00 AM
Hello! :la:

Welcome to the second issue of Guess that Fractalist! :la:
After the great success of the first episode, here's a second fractalist you have to guess. :D
But before, let's reveal the mysterious person from last game...

The mysterious fractalist to be guessed was...ThoughtWeaver!


Here's a little feature of who guessed right!
:clap: Passed into Oblivion by eReSaW fragments in the frozen cipher by rce-ordinary Thelma,Camelia and Anna Claudia by isider Starfish by BoxTail Slow Demon by RationalParadox :clap:



Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!


Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This fractalist is a woman from United States;
  2. She works with Ultra Fractal, but she also enjoys photomanipulation;
  3. She lives in The Mad Hatter's attic.

Some of her works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Guess that Fractalist! Vol. I

Tue May 5, 2015, 5:42 AM
Hello! :la:
Welcome to our new weekly challenge, Guess that Fractalist! :la:

Every Tuesday we'll choose a mysterious fractalist that you guys have to guess. We'll give you three hints (including gender and nationality) you can somehow spot in the artist's profile and some pictures from their galleries (not direct linked of course).
We will reveal the name of the mysterious fractalist in the next challenge, and feature those who guessed correctly.

One rule!

Please don't cheat and use the Google Images search engine to find out the fractalist we're talking about. :|

Hints:


  1. This mysterious fractalist is also the mind behind this game, a young boy from United States;
  2. He speaks 6 languages and he loves programming;
  3. His surname reminds of a fruit. Or an electronic brand. Or a record label.


Some of his works:



Who am I talking about? :iconawesomefaceplz:



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Winner of April Challenge:
Congratulations to littledeviltoo!!! :clap:
:iconlittledeviltoo:


Burning Desire by littledeviltoo

littledeviltoo will receive a total of 300:points:! :clap:
Runners-up are piethein21 and Nevaslip! :clap:

Monsters of Loch ness by piethein21 Origin by Nevaslip



May Challenge: Theme

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers!
The May challenge will be about flowers! Abstract, sci-fi or natural looking...any flower is welcome!
Here some photos to inspire you with this theme:

Flowers. by spacedude89 flowers. by Paulinaz Tulip by WindyLife Passion fruit flower by emmil Odd Flower 2 by danielel013 Odd But Beautiful by AlaskaGrl

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 May 2015 - May Flowers.


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:

  • One month Premium Membership, 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 May, 10:00 PM (GMT+1) (1 pm PST)
The winner will be announced in the next challenge announcement on June 1st, 2015.



Judging method


Each judge lists a top 3 of their favourite work. An amount of points is assigned to every place:

1st place: 10 points

2nd place: 6 points

3rd place: 3 points

The artwork which receives more points (summed from every vote) is declared winner.



Judges


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


Let's get it started!



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:wave:

I'm here to introduce you to seniormentors, a group focused on helping the DeviantArt community through offering senior mentors. :D
JenFruzz recently took it over and brought back this useful project to us. :hug:
The Seniors Mentoring Project dates back to 2003, it's a project that helps members of DeviantArt to better themselves in the artwork that they produce. Senior Members of DA (the members) provide the community with informative blogs, criticism and one-on-one mentoring to answer any questions inquisitive deviants may have, and help them improve their artwork all together.


The Mentor Team is made up of senior members who help the community out by providing you – the community – with a specific contact point in relation to artwork, mentorship and support. 
It is individual Mentor's discretion how involved they get with artists they're connected with through our group--we strongly encourage one-on-one mentorship.

Your Senior Mentor for Fractal Art is MiloticScale. :w00t:


SMP - Mentor ProfileMiloticScale
Mentor Profile for seniormentors
I can mentor you in:
Digital Art > Fractal Art
dAmn Chat Room Administration
Journal/Blog Writing / Public Relations
Specifically, I can help you with:
Fractals
Fundamental to intermediate techniques for creating raw fractals
Chats
Any- and everything you need to know about how to run your own chat room on dAmn
Journals / PR
Best practices when writing something that will be in the public eye
I am available to mentor you through:
Skype (instant messages & desktop sharing)
DeviantArt Notes
E-mail
If you would like to start mentoring with me, please send a note to seniormentors and include the following information:
What art medium would you like to be mentored in?
What is your goal for mentoring? What would you like to get better at? (Please try to be specific!)
Do you wish to work with an
SMP - Mentor ProfileMiloticScale
Mentor Profile for seniormentors
I can mentor you in:
Digital Art > Fractal Art
dAmn Chat Room Administration
Journal/Blog Writing / Public Relations
Specifically, I can help you with:
Fractals
Fundamental to intermediate techniques for creating raw fractals
Chats
Any- and everything you need to know about how to run your own chat room on dAmn
Journals / PR
Best practices when writing something that will be in the public eye
I am available to mentor you through:
Skype (instant messages & desktop sharing)
DeviantArt Notes
E-mail
If you would like to start mentoring with me, please send a note to seniormentors and include the following information:
What art medium would you like to be mentored in?
What is your goal for mentoring? What would you like to get better at? (Please try to be specific!)
Do you wish to work with an
SMP - Mentor ProfileMiloticScale
Mentor Profile for seniormentors
I can mentor you in:
Digital Art > Fractal Art
dAmn Chat Room Administration
Journal/Blog Writing / Public Relations
Specifically, I can help you with:
Fractals
Fundamental to intermediate techniques for creating raw fractals
Chats
Any- and everything you need to know about how to run your own chat room on dAmn
Journals / PR
Best practices when writing something that will be in the public eye
I am available to mentor you through:
Skype (instant messages & desktop sharing)
DeviantArt Notes
E-mail
If you would like to start mentoring with me, please send a note to seniormentors and include the following information:
What art medium would you like to be mentored in?
What is your goal for mentoring? What would you like to get better at? (Please try to be specific!)
Do you wish to work with an

Winner of March Challenge:
Congratulations to dark-beam!!! :clap:
:icondark-beam:


Year of the goat by dark-beam

dark-beam will receive a total of 300:points:! :clap:



April Challenge: Theme

April is voted to minimalism! Create your minimal fractal artwork the way you prefer and submit it to the gallery!

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 April 2015 - Minimalism.


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 April, 10:00 PM (GMT+1) (1 pm PST) The winner will be announced in the next challenge announcement on May 1st, 2015.

    Judging method

    Each judge lists a top 3 of their favourite work. An amount of points is assigned to every place:
    1st place: 10 points
    2nd place: 6 points
    3rd place: 3 points
    The artwork which receives more points (summed from every vote) is declared winner.

    Judges

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

    Let's get it started!



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Fractal Art Week - Wrap Up

Sun Mar 29, 2015, 1:00 PM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Fractal Art Week

The Fractal Week comes to an end! I hope you enjoyed our articles and events, and got interested in this still obscure field of art. :eyes:

Let's recap the schedule!

March23March29

Fractal Art Week



Thank you for being there and hope to see you soon! :wave:





Stay tuned for another awesome week at projecteducate! Next week:

Artists Tools Week with Kaz-D



Special Thanks

Sun Mar 29, 2015, 5:00 AM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Fractal Art Week


Hello! :wave:
We're approaching to the end of this Fractal Week at projecteducate and it's time to credit people. :hug:

The Fractal Week outside projecteducate...







Credits


The Fractal Week has been possible thanks to these wonderful people, who shared their knowledge with us. :clap:
Be sure to pay a visit to their profile, because it's totally worth it!


Meet the Fractal Community #19

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 6:00 AM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Fractal Art Week

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 aartika-fractal-art.
:iconaartika-fractal-art:




Hello aartika-fractal-art! How are you today?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

I'm well, thank you. :)


Can you introduce yourself to the community?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

Hello! :)

I’ve recently returned to DA having abandoned my old account a few years ago through disuse – my previous account was aartika. I’ve been working with fractal software on and off for about fifteen years, almost exclusively with Ultra Fractal (versions 2, 3, 4 and now 5!).

I live in the UK and am a little older than I’d like to be. ;)


How did you discover fractal art?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

When looking for a screensaver in 1999 I came across Doug Harrington's 'Amazing Seattle Fractals' website: fractalarts.com/ASF/ , which houses his own fractal art galleries as well as many fractal resources and tutorials.

I became fascinated with these strange forms with their bright, psychedelic colours and wanted to know more.

At the time there were a number of freeware programmes written by Stephen Ferguson available so I started out by using Tierazon and Sterlingware, with Doug's expert help and guidance.

One of my very first fractal images (Cathryn's Wheel) is still displayed in one his many guest galleries.

Before too long I found Ultra Fractal version 2, and quickly became hooked! The rest is history :)


Cathryn's Wheel by aartika-fractal-art

What do you love the most about it?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

That's a difficult question, but it probably boils down to two things - firstly, it's great to have the ability to create and share something artistic without having the traditional artist's skills and training, while at the same time using intellectual skills to learn the intricacies of what is quite a complicated programme and creative process.

Secondly, there is the social / communication side. Over the years I have made many, very good friends with people from all over the world who share my love of fractal art, with whom I have stayed in regular contact with over the years.

Plus, as an additional bonus, there is no mess to clear away at the end of a creative session!


Your gallery shows the great versatility of a software like Ultra Fractal (other than your great skills!). How did you manage to get all different kinds of fractals from one software only?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

I guess that's probably down to the specific choice of formulas and algorithms chosen for each image. For the “geometric pattern” pieces, which are obviously very different from the more typical Gnarls and Julia-type spirals, I mostly use a couple of sets of algorithms written by Andreas Lober and Samuel Monnier.

For a number of years I worked closely with a small group of artists and formula writers, (who are all far more talented than me!) bouncing ideas, sharing parameters and testing out new formulas. As a result I became familiar with using some of the very big colouring formulas as they evolved into their final published versions, which has stood me in good stead when trying out new and unfamiliar ones since.

I also take inspiration from many other artists' work - traditional, digital and photographic, which often leads me down new and experimental avenues, with usually quite different results - some good, sometimes not so good!


Have you ever wanted to learn how to use another fractal program? If yes, which one and why?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

Yes - Xenodream and Apophysis. I bought Xenodream when it came out but never properly got to grips with the 3D concept and only ever made a handful of images with it, none of which looked anything like the amazing art works I had seen.

Similarly with Apophysis, although I stuck with using it a little longer than Xenodream, because of its compatibility with Ultra Fractal.

Some of the art I've seen recently on DA using Apo and Chaotica is quite stunning – so I'd definitely like to learn how to make these types of images in due course.


Is there any other deviant you'd like to recommend, and why?
:iconaartika-fractal-art:

Like so many other fractal artists, the person who provided the most inspiration for me in the early days was Janet Parke infinite-art. I was, and still am, in awe of her talent and her beautiful fractal art. I had the good fortune to be able to do her on-line courses in 2006/7, which improved my technical skills in UF no end. Janet’s courses are now available as an ebook. I also worked with her on an exhibition at the Nature in Art museum in Gloucestershire in 2007, which was a great experience. Whenever I’m feeling big-headed about a new piece I’m particularly pleased with, a quick visit to her galleries will usually knock me down a peg or two.


Janet Parke's Ultra Fractal Courses on E-Books!As we all know, the epic fractal artist, Janet Parke, had been teaching at the Visual Arts Academy website for a number of years. She had grown quite a following and reputation on VAA. Recently, however, she had decided it was time to take her material down. Well, it wasn't as if it weren't for good reason! Janet has decided to make e-books out of her work and they are now accessible from her Infinite Art website.
In the following links, you can learn about what her courses cover and how to purchase the e-books. The prices and packages are an incredible bargain considering you're getting Janet's three exceptional courses. If you've ever wanted to take Janet's courses, now would be the time!
http://www.infinite-art.com/index.about.courses.php
http://www.infinite-art.com/index.purchase.php
Art of Infinity - Fractal Art Exhibition - 2007

INEFFABLE ACCALMIE NEOLITIQUE by Etienne Saint-Amant EtienneSaintAmant 
In September 2006 Simon Trapnell, the director of the Nature in Art Museum at Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucestershire contacted Tina Oloyede aartika-fractal-art to discuss a proposal to stage a fractal art exhibition for the spring of 2007. At a meeting a couple of months later, the format and logistics of setting up the exhibition were finalised. Janet Parke infinite-art  was invited to join Tina as a key exhibitor and to begin the selection process for the remaining exhibition pieces. Invitations were sent out to members of the international fractal art community to submit twelve images each to be considered for inclusion.
The response was fantastic - twenty seven artists submitted over two hundred and fifty

Pilgrimage by infinite-art Dulcedo by infinite-art FMOFWB by infinite-art

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One of the formula writers I worked with in our small group was Samuel Monnier s31415. As well as being a good friend and brilliant mathematician and formula writer, I consider him to be one of the most talented fractal artists globally. Without his generous input I would not have been able to create half the images I have - thank you Samuel!


20090715-1 by s31415 20090420 by s31415 20090509 by s31415

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One other artist whose work I have discovered since returning to DA this year is Kirsty Tudan fractek. I love her fractal art, with its rich colours, clean, elegant lines and painterly quality, it’s just fabulous. I am hoping she may start posting new work here again soon.


paradise revisited by fractek Ebb and Flow by fractek
Macedonian Muse l, ll, lll by fractek

Thank you for your time! Any last word you want to share with the community?
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Just a very big thank you for the warm welcome and support offered by the fractal artists on DA in the last couple of months - it’s been really great coming back to such a thriving art community, and with some really inspirational work on show. :)



Be sure to visit aartika-fractal-art's profile and gallery! :love:


Osteospermum by aartika-fractal-art Singing In The Rain by aartika-fractal-art Sprung by aartika-fractal-art
Dardybots 178 by aartika-fractal-art Pomegranates by aartika-fractal-art Gammon by aartika-fractal-art
Bistred Mandorla by aartika-fractal-art Flornnes by aartika-fractal-art Twisteroonie by aartika-fractal-art

Have fun and keep fractaling! :heart:


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Prettify Your Bloom: Tips and Tricks

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 3:00 PM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Fractal Art Week


Hello! :wave: It's C-91 here and, after people asking me tips on how to make flowers with Apophysis, I decided to write this introduction guide for the Fractal Week. There might be more in future. :flowerdread: 

Live with it: crafting flowers with Apophysis isn't the most original thing ever, but at least we can try to approach to the technique in another way and try to make them different from the multitude of results that can be found here on DeviantArt.

First of all, check the two blooms tutorials by lindelokse, which are the starting point for this technique:
Apophysis Blooms Tutorial by lindelokse Apophysis 3D Blooms Tutorial by lindelokse


Before we start...


Just so you know, 2D flowers are generally more versatile and suitable for crazy experiments than 3D ones. You can use more variations and plugins on 2D flowers without messing the shape up (and they will still be as spectacular as 3D flowers).:flowerflirty: That's why, in this guide, I will work on a 2D bloom.

A simple Apophysis flower shape is made up of a minimum of three transforms, which I usually call:
  • the blur transform;
  • the shape transform;
  • the final transform (a regular FX).

I will go through every transform and give you tips, and make a simple yet presentable. :lmpo: 
Remember there's also the possibility to add extra transforms to make lights, bubbles and other special effects. In this guide, I'm just doing a basic bloom with no extra stuff.



I made my basic shape! :flowerla: (gamma: 2 ; brightness: 7)

Basicshape1 by C-91
Let's try to tweak it. :floweraww: 

The Blur Transform


The blur transform gives texture to your bloom. It's recommended to keep its weight at default value (0.5), otherwise the fractal will lose brightness either on the edges or on the buldge of the flower (depending on whether you set a higher or lower weight). Although, in some cases, this fact can come in handy. :flowerslow: 

Basicshapelowerweightblur1 by C-91 Basicshapehigherweightblur1 by C-91
(Left: weight < 0.5 ; Right: weight > 0.5)

Blur transform - tips:


  • Add flatten if you're working with Apophysis 7x.15C or higher, otherwise your bloom will be super dark! :floweromfg: 
  • Try to use different kinds of blur, other than gaussian_blur: there are blur_circle, starblur, sineblur, blur and many others! (set the opacity of the blur transform to zero if you don't want the external part of the bloom to be blurred - the circle around the flower)
    Basebloomblur Circle by C-91 Basebloomsineblur by C-91 Basebloomstarblur by C-91
    (Left: blur_circle; Center: sineblur; Right: starblur)
  • If you prefer to keep using gaussian_blur, lowering its value will make some sort of shadows under the petals, while increasing it will make the petals look less solid. Add a tiny bit of another non-blur variation (like log) to make the color spread differently. Balance the values of the variations wisely, to get a better effect. I changed the colors a little bit to make the difference more visible:
    Confrontosenzalog by C-91 Confrontoconlog by C-91
    (Left: gaussian_blur; Right: gaussian_blur + log)
  • You can use something else rather than a blur! Try disc, eyefish or swirl with pre_falloff2 to get funky textures!
    Basebloomprefalloffeyefish by C-91 Basebloomprefalloffswirl by C-91
    (Left: eyefish + pre_falloff2; Right: swirl + pre_falloff2)
  • Instead of putting the value of the blur manually, click on the name of the variation you're using and drag the mouse back and forth. You will be able to control the blur better and obtain nice shadow effects. :flowerjoy: by Helen-Baq (this trick is valid for every occasion!!!)

The Shape Transform


Self explanatory... :lmpo: 
Changing the weight of this transform will have the same effect as if the weight of the blur transform is changed...only the other way around. :flowerdread: Try on your flower to understand better what I'm talking about.

This transform can be changed in size, moved, rotated, deformed, and you can add a multitude of variations that will bring special effects. :flowerdance:

Shape transform - Tips


  • Getting cracks and folds is really easy! A bit of log, polar2 or wedge will do. Positive values for cracks, negative values for folds!
    Step2logcrack by C-91 Step2logfold by C-91 Step2polar2crack by C-91 Step2polar2fold by C-91 Step2wedgecrack by C-91 Step2wedgefold by C-91
    (1st and 2nd: log; 3rd and 4th: polar2; 5th and 6th: wedge)
  • Speaking of wedge, it's the responsible for the delicate thin lines that appear on many flowers. Treat them as thin folds (hint hint) and mind that wedge has a variable called wedge_count. A similar result can be achieved with shredrad2. I said enough! :lmpo: 
    Step2wedgethinlines1 by C-91 Step2wedgethinlines2 by C-91
    (Open the images, otherwise it's impossible to see: I like 'em very thin)
  • There's a plugin called whorl which is very interesting, especially for the borders of your petals. Keep it at a maximum value of 0.2:flowerboogie: In the examples, I kept the variable whorl_outside at 1.5.
    Step2whorl1 by C-91 Step2whorl2 by C-91 Step2whorl3 by C-91 Step2whorl4 by C-91
    (whorl increases in this direction >>>>>>)
  • Other plugins and variations (try to guess what I used :flowerdread: ) can give funny results. Just try them in combos and see what you get!
    Step2xvaryxforms1 by C-91 Step2xvaryxforms2 by C-91 Step2xvaryxforms3 by C-91 Step2xvaryxforms4 by C-91
  • Replace linear with another similar variation or plugin. You can try loonie, falloff2, bwraps, curve and many others!
    Ztransform2curve by C-91 Ztransform2falloff2 by C-91 Ztransform2lazysue by C-91 Ztransform2mobius by C-91
    (1. curve; 2. falloff2; 3. lazysusan; 4. mobius)

The Final Transform


Without discussing about what the final transform specifically does, let's say that juliaN et similia are not the only variations you can use to obtain a bloom (or something else which is amusing to see anyway). :flowernoid:You can also combine them with pre_ and post_ variations and get nice results. 

Let's see some examples.

Final transform: tips


  • bipolar and mobius can do something too, as well as ngon! Play with the variables and adjust the transforms to get a bloom!
    Finalxformbipolar by C-91 Finalxformngon by C-91 Finalxformmobius by C-91
    (Left: bipolar; Center: ngon; Right: mobius)
  • Try other variations, such as log or escher. For a better looking result, remove cross from transform 2.
    Yfinalxformbwraps by C-91 Yfinalxformescher by C-91 Yfinalxformlog by C-91 Yfinalxformngon by C-91
    (1. bwraps; 2. escher; 3. log (with cross); 4. ngon)
  • Try some pre_ or post_ variations: post_bwraps, post_curl, pre_falloff2...and many others!





In conclusion...


Don't be afraid of experimenting. Get inspired by your fellows and challenge yourself to discover how they did their works. That's how an artist grows. :flowerhugs: Here some examples that go beyond the classic bloom result (from every program!):
Dark Bloom by tatasz
Divine by BoxTail 
Sparkling Souls by SaTaNiA old things by monsan
233 - Gentle approach by russianlad Scarlet flower. by semenocatya
Posy by ellarien

I have nothing left to say! I hope you enjoyed this guide, and I wish you happy fractaling!

Critique Challenge Announcement

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 3:00 PM by C-91:iconc-91:
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Fractal Art Week

Hello! :wave:

For the Fractal Week, CRFractals is proud to announce:

Fractal Critique Challenge



Last week we asked you to submit a fractal artwork to a dedicated folder in CRFractals's gallery (Critiqueable, click here to view). You've been able to submit your deviations for a week, till yesterday, when it's been closed. :la:
Now we ask you to pick a fractal and critique it! A showcase of the critiqueable fractals:

Blue Eyes by aartika-fractal-art Kalahari by C-91 Silk by Dawgit
Bipolar by tatasz Somebody That I Used To Know by piethein21 #598 by bezo97

This is not only a chance for you to perfect your critiquing abilities, but also a chance for an artist to get good advices and improve their work.

And it's also a chance to win prizes. :eyes:

Rules


Deadline

Sunday, March 29th 2 PM DAST (PST)

Judging and winners announcement

We will take some time to judge all the critiques and decide the winners, which will be announced between the 10th and the 15th of April.

Prizes

1st place: 3 Month Premium Membership (or 636 :points:)
2nd place: 1 Month Premium Membership (or 396 :points:)
3rd place: 200 :points:
4th and 5th places: 100 :points: each.

Judges

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There's nothing left to say, except:

Happy Critiquing!