TWO NEW CHALLENGES
The May challenge has now closed with a really good turnout, and a feature journal will be provided shortly with some comments included for the ones that proved most popular amongst the group's admin staff.
Now we move onto June and July (two months together), and we have come up with two challenges this time; one is a Masking Challenge, which drew the short straw after the result of our April poll and having got together some decent resources for you all to enjoy as seen in our Knowledge Sharing
journal. The other one is a Gem Fest, which also involves masking in most cases (but not always). We have endeavoured to make both these challenges suitable for people at all stages in their UF journeys, so if this looks hard at first sight, take a good look at the tutorials and parameters we have in our resources section, some of which we have specifically linked to in this journal as being possibly the most helpful. We would also point out that we are not going to be judging the results by their amazing complexity, so much as just allowing for people to thoroughly enjoy trying out new things, or further their experience to a new level. However, we do reserve the right to decline any submission that we feel does not comply with the requirements for these challenges.
MASKING CHALLENGESpecific Rules for this Challenge:
We need to see a minimum of THREE mask layers in your submission, and anything over and above that will be perfectly acceptable - the more the merrier, so long as your pc can cope with it. (Don't forget that if you are using UF5 you can put your masks and their specific sections into groups too, but this isn't essential.
The masks MUST make a significant difference to the overall fractal image.
Use of mapping and transforms is allowed.
You may make anything that takes your fancy for this exercise, but we would encourage you to try something you haven't done before.
All other Standard Rules apply (see below).
If you have been into a Gem shop whilst on holiday, you will have found that gems come in all shapes and sizes: round, square, triangular, hearts, drops, irregular shapes and so on. What we are looking for is something that looks like jewellery.
If you are a newbie to UF, you may wish to keep it very simple, and use one of the Julia formulas with an outside colouring of Orbit Traps, and using Point Traps. HERE
is a good basic tutorial for making pearls, and for Gloss, look HERE
. For the more advanced fractal artists, see below.Specific Rules for Gems
We would like to see highlights/gloss on your gems if possible, as these bring them to life. (See below for example of how to do this)
Any shape, any colour.
We encourage use of textures.
An edging (or in jewellery terms, a setting) of gold, silver or another metal is encouraged, but not essential.
All other Standard Rules apply (see below).Our Standard Rules Apply for both these challenges, as well as their specific requirements:
You may enter up to FOUR submissions across the two challenges (2 to one and 2 to the other, 1 and 3, etc.)
All entries must be new and dated not earlier than June 1st 2014.
Please credit the people and give links back to any resources you use in process of creating your work.
No Manipulations allowed, including the importation of images
No large watermarks, including the dA watermark.
Parameters MUST be provided to the Group for verification purposes. You do not have to supply them publicly, but this is very much encouraged in line with our Group's policy about sharing and paying it forward.
The challenge ends on the last day of July.
All entries must have a working link to the group. You may use
or just paste the url.
You must be a member of the group to participate.
Please ensure your image is of high quality, anti-aliased and free of artifacts.
Minimal postwork and simple, unobtrusive frames only.
Submit your work to the appropriate Gallery Folders: - June 2014 Masking Challenge
and June 2014 Gem Fest Challenge
If you need to change one of your entries, send us a note. You may only make one change each month.
You may not use formulas from outside the public database.
We hope you will enjoy these challenges and come out of them learning exciting new things! Most importantly, have fund and enjoy what you're doing!