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First of all, I must give a huge thank you to technochroma for getting me to a core membership. Once I finished with the Apophysis Challenge series I allowed my premium membership to expire for several years and I'd like to be a little more active in the community again.

That being said, I have several projects on tap.

1.) The overwhelming consensus is that I should reboot the fractal periodic table. I am very much looking forward to this project and will be creating a project timetable for it soon.

2.) I've been working with Blender 3D more and want to start posting some artwork from there.

3.) Of course, plenty of fractal goodness to come. I still have a lot of tricks up my sleeve and ideas floating around in my head. It's time that I always run out of!

4.) Here's where I want some input. My sketching / drawing skills are fairly atrocious. Today I started sketching a bird a day, and I plan to do this for the next year. It will only be during work-days and a few off days, but I hope to amass a good amount of skills during this time. Would you be interested in seeing these daily sketches and possibly providing me some critiques and insight or should I just keep it to myself? Please post your comments here and let me know your thoughts!
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What's going on with the fractal forums? I tried to go today and there's just an error.
Yesterday Clepsidras tagged me to post my most recent fractal workings. Fortunately I was working on fractal just then, something I don't get to do much of anymore. From what I understand, I'm supposed to post a screenshot of the fractal editor.

Screenshot by f--l--A--r--k



To carry on, I'm tagging Jimpan1973 Kondratij
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I've used several 3D programs in the past, starting with Lightwave (before it was modo) in the late nineties/early 2000's. Then I was able to use a version of C4D which I really enjoy. Now I'd like to take a foray into Blender.

I would love to hear any tips you have or if you could please link me to some resources either here on dA or offsite I would be most grateful! I'm happy for any type of resources, whether dealing with rendering, modeling, animation, programming, and of course fractal related!
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  • Drinking: Coffee
I recently donated to get the high-res rendering version of Incendia EX.

I really need to render at the highest resolution (higher actually, but sadly the program only allows 8192x8192).
:angry: 
I have a quad core i7 processor with 32 gb of ram. This render should not be a problem. I've tried rendering on different resolutions and the 8192 is the only one that crashes. I have changed the number of cores to no avail. Every time I hit render at 8192 the program throws and error and closes.

Any help would greatly be appreciated! 
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My deviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 5:36 AM
I've been around dA for quite some time. Seen a lot of people come and go. It's been a fun ride and I hope that it'll continue onward. Over the years I've seen a good many fractals from some very talented artists. Below is just a smattering of these I've appreciated.

Shift by milleniumsentry
This piece is just one of many by the artist that have inspired me.


HB Belt Trick by MichaelFaber
I love the shape and flow of this piece and have tried many times in Apophysis to replicate it and just can't come close enough to make me happy. 


Nanotube by Kaeltyk
The color on this...amazing! I don't even know what to say. I admire and applaud his skills in Xenodream!


o_O by Zueuk
C'mon...this one is just plain fun. He was my first contact on dA. Been a huge help and inspiration to me over all these years.


Chaos in my head by LithMyathar
Just a lovely use of little color and focus on the structure of the fractal.


Abyss Stars by ka78
My all-time favorite fractal. I love it! Never been able to make anything close. When I feel like I'm at a dead-end with fractals, I look at this piece and it really gets the creative juices flowing.


Spores by jarrich
I'm still working out how to make this piece. Love it. The clarity is superb. It makes me want to go make a fractal right now! Absolutely incredible.

I could go on and on with different inspiring pieces, technically amazing fractals, and aesthetically brilliant artwork. dA is full of brilliant artists of all types and I'm happy that I've been able to be part of it for such a length of time.




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Back

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 9, 2014, 4:55 AM
Apparently my premium membership has expired while I was away...first time that's happened in almost 8 years!

Loads of fractal ideas, hopefully I'll have the time to put them all into action!




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Spherical Gasket Features

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 10, 2013, 8:28 AM







Spherical Gaskets in Apophysis


I've been exploring Spherical Gaskets as of late within apophysis and it's been quite rewarding. I'd also like to feature some other's work below.




Time For Feature


If you'd like me to feature some of your art here in my journal, make sure to leave a comment and a compelling (well-written) reason why I should feature you. ;)  I'll pick one artist to feature in my next journal entry.




Spherical Gasket Artwork on dA



  Spherical Rectangles by AmorinaAshton Crackle Spherical by nightmares06
  Spherical Magic by SuicideBySafetyPin Spherical dreams by FractalDesire
  S by monsan :bigthumb267879149:
  Spherical event by FractalDesire  Crown of Greed by Animus-Ligatio
  Nigma by lindelokse  Crystalline Spherical by nightmares06
 





  • Listening to: Aglaia
  • Playing: Work
  • Drinking: Water

End of the Apophysis Challenge Epoch

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 25, 2012, 5:10 AM


I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has participated in the Challenges and made this multi-year series a big success.

Winner of Challenge #161: Spiral


Apo Challenge 161 Spiral by GraphicLia
Congratulations GraphicLia on the win!
Filled Double Tiling by GraphicLia   Connections by GraphicLia   Rosette by GraphicLia   Blue Tiled Spiral by GraphicLia

Final Challenge: Reflection


The Final Apo Challenge by Gerda1946   City Lights by allthenightlong   The Final Challenge 162 Reflection by GraphicLia
AC 162 Final by Dawgit   The final countdown by thargor6   DA Olympic Apo Flame by apomaker
Lupsiberg by Astrantia01   Apo-Challenge 162 by Lupsiberg   Dedicated to .. by Margot1942
peace and  hope by innac   Thank You From My Heart by baba49   The Finish Line by auntDevi


The End



You have all worked so very hard each week at creating some amazing fractal art. I must again, thank all of you for making the Apophysis Challenge series a success. I originally started this challenge to help revitalize Apophysis fractal art on DeviantArt as it had gotten very stagnant and boring. The new ideas you've brought to the table have not only helped to reach that goal but also brought a lot of fun and education to the table. While it is a very sad thing that the challenges are ending, please remember all the great work and effort you have put forth and the results. Not only am I very happy with all that you have achieved, you too should be quite proud of your efforts.

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!

  • Listening to: Biosphere
  • Playing: Work
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #162 - Final Challenge

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 18, 2012, 5:27 AM


It's hard for me to type those last two words in the title...

Welcome to this week's Apophysis Challenge. It's been an amazing run and and I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your continued support and participation throughout the years. We never would have made it past week 1 without your hard work and votes. Thank you very much!

The runner up for challenge #160 is baba49.

Winner of Challenge #160 & Feature


Petals in bubble (ch160) by innac

Congratulations innac!

Chips by innac   Popcorn explosion by innac   Silhouette by innac   Negative mirror by innac


Challenge #161: Spiral


Spirals by allthenightlong   Spiralled Star by apomaker   Just One More Lap by auntDevi
Apo Challenge 161-2 by Gerda1946   Apo Challenge 161 Spiral by GraphicLia   Apo-Challenge 161 by Lupsiberg
chall 161 - pipettes by Margot1942   Orion and fibonacci-like spiral- ApoChal161spiral by marthig   161 by innac
Airwaves by thargor6   Kralenspiralen by Fractalisa   Chall#161 by DulcineaWW
Spiral Challenge by baba49


Voting


Voting is simple, and everyone is asked to give your say.
After you have reviewed the entries: choose one that you think held true and exemplified the particular challenge best. Send me a note with that artists name and a link to their fractal. One vote per person, per challenge. Voting ends with the next challenge deadline.

Rules


1.) Follow the challenge guidelines.
2.) Entries must be posted here in this journal, before deadline.
3.) Only one entry per artist.
4.) Focus on Apophysis, keep postwork to a minimum (small adjustments/tweaks, watermarks, no frames)
5.) Parameters need to be posted in your entries comments, or in a comment underneath, not on the journal page.
6.) Entries must be new works for the specific challenge and not previously designed or uploaded.
7.) Usage of dc_image plugin is not allowed unless expressly called for in the specific challenge guidelines.
8.) Have fun!!!

Challenge #162


Reflection

The Apophysis Challenge has been going on for over three years. Throughout this time period, many different challengers have appeared on the scene. However, there are still quite a few around who have been here since the beginning. Your job this week is to find out who these challengers are, and then pick one of them. Emulate or reflect their particular style in your fractal entry. This is a great way to say thank you to them for all their hard work and efforts.

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!
Deadline: Monday, December 24 11:59pm (EST)

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  • Playing: Work
  • Eating: Bread
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #161

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 11, 2012, 5:18 AM


Welcome to a new week of the Apophysis challenge. I'm sure you'll enjoy the challenge for the week as well as reviewing and voting on the entries from this previous week.

It's with a sad heart that I am announcing that after next week's challenge (#162) I will be discontinuing the Apophysis Challenge series. Many things have changed over 3+ years and the challenge has served its purpose. I want to give a very special thank you to all those of you who have supported the challenge since its beginning. This never would have happened without you. Thank you too, to all those who have participated over the years. It's been quite an amazing run. I have a unique challenge in store for the last challenge of the series that will run next week. So stay tuned next week to participate in it!

Meanwhile, we still have this week's challenge to consider! :D

Our runner up in the Hyperbolic challenge is Fractalisa.

Winner of Challenge #159


Hyperbolicly Speaking 159 by GraphicLia
Congratulations on the win GraphicLia!
:thumb341354234:   The Watchers by GraphicLia   Outgoing Tide by GraphicLia   :thumb326799588:

Challenge #160: One Plus Two


4+3+2+1 by allthenightlong   Malmstrom by Stufferhelix   December Ice Crystals by baba49
Disco Night - Chal160-one+2 by marthig   The Mouth by apomaker   Plume 1234 by daelly
ApoChallenge 160 1234 by GraphicLia   Stellar lens by thargor6   neon starburst by rsidwell
Apo-Challenge 160 by Lupsiberg   Spirencor by Prelkia   Petals in bubble (ch160) by innac
Summer Peach_160 by auntDevi   Knopen tellen 1234 by Fractalisa   Hypnotic by DulcineaWW


Voting


Voting is simple, and everyone is asked to give your say.
After you have reviewed the entries: choose one that you think held true and exemplified the particular challenge best. Send me a note with that artists name and a link to their fractal. One vote per person, per challenge. Voting ends with the next challenge deadline.

Rules


1.) Follow the challenge guidelines.
2.) Entries must be posted here in this journal, before deadline.
3.) Only one entry per artist.
4.) Focus on Apophysis, keep postwork to a minimum (small adjustments/tweaks, watermarks, no frames)
5.) Parameters need to be posted in your entries comments, or in a comment underneath, not on the journal page.
6.) Entries must be new works for the specific challenge and not previously designed or uploaded.
7.) Usage of dc_image plugin is not allowed unless expressly called for in the specific challenge guidelines.
8.) Have fun!!!

Challenge #161


Spiral

A very unused variation (at least in my opinion & experience) is the spiral variation. This week's challenge is to incorporate spiral into a beautiful fractal. Make it the star.

  • Minimum Transforms: 2
  • Maximum Transforms: 8
  • Allowed Variations: All
  • Required Variations: Spiral (Make it apparent spiral was used, don't just go with =0.002)


The rules for this week's challenge are very simple and straightforward. Enjoy the challenge!

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!
Deadline: Monday, December 17 11:59pm (EST)

  • Listening to: Glengarry Bhoys
  • Playing: Work
  • Eating: Bread
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #160

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 4, 2012, 5:44 AM


Welcome to a new week of the Apophysis Challenges! I've been very busy with year-end stuff for my business as well as finishing up the 30 day Five Minute Fractal challenge for Fractal Explorer. It's been a fun and educational run. I must say though, all in all, I enjoyed the Apophysis version much more and will be doing a second one in the near future.

We had a tie for second place this week and our runners up are: baba49 and Ffey.

Winner of Challenge #158 & Feature


Plugged In by grimpotamus
Congratulations grimpotamus on the great piece and the win this week.
Shadow Dance by grimpotamus   Apo Challenge 120 by grimpotamus   Synthetic by grimpotamus   Ghost Writer by grimpotamus

Challenge #159: Hyperbolic


Hyperbolic+Spherical by allthenightlong   HyperJulian by Stufferhelix   Hyperbolicly Speaking 159 by GraphicLia
Grand Hyperbolic by thamasta032   Loonie Hyperbolic Bows 159 by auntDevi   Weavers Shuttle by thargor6
Hyperbolic Flower Spiral by baba49   hyberbolic spiral by rsidwell   Gossamer-like - Apo Challenge 159, Hyperbolic+1 by marthig
ch159 by innac   Hyperbolic Skyline by Fractalisa   Mostrans - chall 159 by Margot1942
Bewitching Hyperbolic by deepbluerenegade   Hyperbolic Juliascope_fl by apomaker


Voting


Voting is simple, and everyone is asked to give your say.
After you have reviewed the entries: choose one that you think held true and exemplified the particular challenge best. Send me a note with that artists name and a link to their fractal. One vote per person, per challenge. Voting ends with the next challenge deadline.

Rules


1.) Follow the challenge guidelines.
2.) Entries must be posted here in this journal, before deadline.
3.) Only one entry per artist.
4.) Focus on Apophysis, keep postwork to a minimum (small adjustments/tweaks, watermarks, no frames)
5.) Parameters need to be posted in your entries comments, or in a comment underneath, not on the journal page.
6.) Entries must be new works for the specific challenge and not previously designed or uploaded.
7.) Usage of dc_image plugin is not allowed unless expressly called for in the specific challenge guidelines.
8.) Have fun!!!

Challenge #160


One Plus Two

This week's challenge should prove to be most interesting...and tickle your grey matter a bit! :evillaugh:

You have the freedom to use however many variations and transforms you wish with this challenge, but you must follow the pattern for each transform.

The pattern goes like this: first transform has one variation and its value equals 1. The second transform has 2 variations, the one you used in the first transform and then a second with its value equaling 2. *Hint* use duplicate transform to speed up the process. If you should like to continue, transform three will be just like the second only including a third variation with a value of 3. The pattern can continue as long as you like.

I've found that by forcing myself to use values other than 1 for variations, I've come up with a plethora of great fractal shapes and designs. It's my hope that you will too!

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!
Deadline: Monday, December 10 11:59pm (EST)

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  • Playing: Work
  • Eating: Leftovers
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #159

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 27, 2012, 5:29 AM


Welcome to a new week of the Apophysis Challenge! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and are ready for a real fractal challenge.

Our runner up for the previous week is baba49.

Winner of Challenge #157 & Feature


Emoticon Speaks Fractal by allthenightlong
Congratulations on the win allthenightlong.
Power by allthenightlong   Nautic Pattern by allthenightlong   Glynnsim by allthenightlong   Apo Colour Wheel by allthenightlong

Challenge #158 Bipolar Shapes


Crowded by allthenightlong   ApoChallenge 158 by GraphicLia   Cold Fusion by Ravenfire711
Bipolar Juliascope by baba49   Apo-Challenge 158 by Lupsiberg   Bionical by Dawgit
Apophysis Challenge 158 by Ffey   Bipolar-shapes-2012-01 by Margot1942   Roller Blind by Fractalisa
Plugged In by grimpotamus   bipolar energized by rsidwell   ch158 by innac
chal158-Shapes-22onBlueSignd by marthig   Water Colors by thamasta032   Bipolar-in-jewel-tones by deepbluerenegade
Forks in the Road_158 by auntDevi   :thumb339967173:


Voting


Voting is simple, and everyone is asked to give your say.
After you have reviewed the entries: choose one that you think held true and exemplified the particular challenge best. Send me a note with that artists name and a link to their fractal. One vote per person, per challenge. Voting ends with the next challenge deadline.

Rules


1.) Follow the challenge guidelines.
2.) Entries must be posted here in this journal, before deadline.
3.) Only one entry per artist.
4.) Focus on Apophysis, keep postwork to a minimum (small adjustments/tweaks, watermarks, no frames)
5.) Parameters need to be posted in your entries comments, or in a comment underneath, not on the journal page.
6.) Entries must be new works for the specific challenge and not previously designed or uploaded.
7.) Usage of dc_image plugin is not allowed unless expressly called for in the specific challenge guidelines.
8.) Have fun!!!

Challenge #159


Hyperbolic

This week's challenge appears simple, but should tickle your grey matter a bit. You can use only the hyperbolic variation + one other of your choosing. Make it pretty!
No limits on transforms or anything else for this challenge.

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!
Deadline: Monday, December 3 11:59pm (EST)

  • Listening to: Counting Crows
  • Reading: December 2012 Watchtower
  • Playing: Work
  • Eating: Golden Grahms
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #158

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 20, 2012, 5:19 AM


Welcome to a new week of Apophysis Challenge. I hope that everyone has had a great weekend and is already back in gear for this week's activities.

The runners up for the past challenge were innac & amberwind

Winner of Challenge #156 & Feature


Fatrasmechanisme by Prelkia
Congrats Prelkia on the win. You took the lead at the head of the pack with voting this week and never looked back!
Puzzle for Halloween by Prelkia   Sang Royal by Prelkia   Cible by Prelkia   Friezes and Glyphs II by Prelkia

Challenge #157: Emoticons


Points 157 by auntDevi   Smilies by deepbluerenegade   Emoticon Speaks Fractal by allthenightlong
Newborn Blue Babies by Fractalisa   Smiley Emoticom Apo Challenge 157 by apomaker   LOVE vibrations by snupi988
WooHoo - Halloween edition by thargor6   :iconBouquetplz: by Lady-Compassion   I love You, Icon by baba49


Voting


Voting is simple, and everyone is asked to give your say.
After you have reviewed the entries: choose one that you think held true and exemplified the particular challenge best. Send me a note with that artists name and a link to their fractal. One vote per person, per challenge. Voting ends with the next challenge deadline.

Rules


1.) Follow the challenge guidelines.
2.) Entries must be posted here in this journal, before deadline.
3.) Only one entry per artist.
4.) Focus on Apophysis, keep postwork to a minimum (small adjustments/tweaks, watermarks, no frames)
5.) Parameters need to be posted in your entries comments, or in a comment underneath, not on the journal page.
6.) Entries must be new works for the specific challenge and not previously designed or uploaded.
7.) Usage of dc_image plugin is not allowed unless expressly called for in the specific challenge guidelines.
8.) Have fun!!!

Challenge #158


Bipolar Shapes

This week's challenge comes to us by means of suggestion from Lupsiberg. She has suggested that we try SaTaNiA's Bipolar Shapes tutorial. There will be no restrictions upon this challenge. Remember to learn the material and then make it your own.
Tutorial - Bipolar Shapes by SaTaNiA

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!
Deadline: Monday, November 26 11:59pm (EST)

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  • Playing: Work
  • Eating: Cornbread
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #157

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 13, 2012, 5:43 AM


The poll is finished and you have chosen Fractal Explorer as the next Five Minute Fractals series on my blog. You can see the first day's entry here. I'll admit it's nothing grand, but it is a start. ;)

Welcome to another exciting week of the Apophysis challenge!

The runners up for challenge #155 were catelee2u & auntDevi.

Winner of Challenge #155 & Feature


Die tausend Tuerme by Margot1942
Congratulations Margot1942 on the win this week!

Die Zwei by Margot1942   Perspektive by Margot1942   Ein Herz fuer Blumen by Margot1942   120911 - 2 by Margot1942

Challenge #156: By Twos


Too Many Twos 156 by GraphicLia   Seccond Take by apomaker   Apo Challenge 156 by Gerda1946
Only Twos by allthenightlong   Cross by thargor6   flux of polarities by snupi988
Fatrasmechanisme by Prelkia   Chal156-twos-8-final4-signd by marthig   Separation Anxiety - Apophysis Challenge 156 by catelee2u
ch156 by innac   Metamorphosis Of A Butterfly by baba49   Sustainable Windmills by Fractalisa
Truly Twos_156 by auntDevi   Frankenhole by amberwind   Twisted by Two by deepbluerenegade


Voting


Voting is simple, and everyone is asked to give your say.
After you have reviewed the entries: choose one that you think held true and exemplified the particular challenge best. Send me a note with that artists name and a link to their fractal. One vote per person, per challenge. Voting ends with the next challenge deadline.

Rules


1.) Follow the challenge guidelines.
2.) Entries must be posted here in this journal, before deadline.
3.) Only one entry per artist.
4.) Focus on Apophysis, keep postwork to a minimum (small adjustments/tweaks, watermarks, no frames)
5.) Parameters need to be posted in your entries comments, or in a comment underneath, not on the journal page.
6.) Entries must be new works for the specific challenge and not previously designed or uploaded.
7.) Usage of dc_image plugin is not allowed unless expressly called for in the specific challenge guidelines.
8.) Have fun!!!

Challenge #157


Emoticons!
Deviant art is full of emotes. Your challenge this week is to attempt to replicate your favorite emote in fractal form! Be as literal or as abstract as you like. Be prepared to defend your entry and put the actual emote or a link to it in your comments for a comparison. If you don't have a favorite emote feel free to browse around and pick one that inspires you.

This week there are no restrictions as this challenge is hard enough as is.

As always, have fun and stay thirsty my friends!
Deadline: Monday, November 19 11:59pm (EST)

  • Listening to: Hecq
  • Playing: Work
  • Drinking: Coffee

Apophysis Challenge #156

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 6, 2012, 5:24 AM