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As some of you may have noticed, my 30-day challenge ended yesterday. It's been a new experience for me, I think I haven't created so many artworks in such a short time-span before... not even back in 2006 when I started out. Anyways... where did those 30 days go? I thought it would feel like an eternity but suddenly I was halfway through, and then it was over and it feels like almost no time has passed :D

Shout out to Silvia- C-91, she inspired me to do the challenge. I also liked how she made her challenge artworks all in one style, so I stole that idea as well! :P

I based all 30 fractals on my Underwater style. Some tweaks are pretty close to it, others are more outlandish but they all share the same base. So if you'd like to try to create something similar, I encourage you to check out my tutorial :)

Here are some random thoughts, things I've learned during the challenge. Maybe someone will find my ramblings helpful :)

Inspiration sources
This is pretty standard question I get on regular basis: what is the source of your inspiration? I get why people ask fractal artists this question, I think it's because abstract art is pretty hard to decode. Looking back at the challenge, I can see 2 distinct sources of inspiration: music and love. I've been listening to lots of new music lately, mostly prog rock/metal, some prog/black and blackgaze stuff. I've always found so much comfort in music, perhaps too much to bother with stepping out of my comfort zone and trying out new things. I think I've been pretty good at stepping out of my comfort zone, lately. Both in music, and in feelings.
So if you're struggling with inspiration sources, or find yourself in the infamous art block situation, I suggest you try out new things, indulge something you wouldn't typically indulge. It doesn't have to be art-related.

One flame can be enough
As I said, all 30 pieces were made from the same base. I think that with right flame that has enough flexibility, choosing one flame and building upon it is a great idea. I felt like Underwater was pretty much exhausted flame, that I'm done with it. Turns out I only just scratched the surface. I probably wouldn't pick something like grand julian style, because that would take some serious breaking to keep coming up with new stuff for 30 days, but maybe even that would be doable. This definitely forced me to experiment a lot, try out new things. I hit a dead end here and there, but nothing that could put an end to the challenge.
If you really want to learn one particular style and go further with it, this is an excellent choice. Or, you can go the very opposite way and try a new tutorial/style every day :)

A friend asked me if I don't sacrifice quality when posting so often, which definitely made me pause. I've always uploaded so little because I do worry about quality. I tend to sit on an artwork for a good while before uploading it, and I discard many during this process as not good enough to share with the world. I did upload several pieces during the challenge that felt kinda meh or too weird, definitely pieces I'd discard otherwise. Ironically enough, some of them ended up being quite popular, while some artworks I considered good ended up unnoticed. This has definitely showed me that it's impossible to "objectively" judge quality of your own artwork (and whether popularity equals quality is entirely different conversation).

I'd say I'm fairly disciplined person but I do hate when things become chore, something I have to do. It's not a problem for me to create artworks on daily basis, but the idea of the commitment is kinda off-putting. I like to do things when I feel like doing them, not when I'm forced to do them. So this has definitely been a bit of a struggle for me. At the same time I like to deliver. So when I commit to something publicly, I tend to deliver on my promises. This definitely made me think deeper about my motivations, and confirmed yet again that I'm both defiant and driven individual, and how these parts of me can clash sometimes.

Negative stuff
The logistics of actually creating every day (and uploading) did get tiring a few times. I uploaded a cheat artwork once or twice, something I made few days earlier just in case I wouldn't have time to create that day. This wasn't a major issue but, while I always looked forward to creating something every day, sometimes I made some unwise decisions... like staying up really late when I should have gone to sleep :D
Burnout. At one point I felt like I seriously lack variety in final transforms and it frustrated me more than I thought it should. It did force me to use some variations I typically don't use, so it was a good thing in the end, but very difficult anyway.
Several times I got frustrated with my own emotions, because I do put a great deal of them in my artworks. My SO/muse has been incredibly patient and supportive during this process, I'm so lucky to have him. In the end, even this painful part of the challenge was actually helpful, because it made me realize certain things and move forward.

Will I do another challenge? I might, possibly at the end of this summer. In June/July I will be too busy and exhausted because I'm switching jobs, so doing another challenge on top of that would be a bit of an overkill, even for me :D
So a few days ago it's been 12 years since I joined DA. Which means 12 years of doing fractal art. The number gets more surreal with every passing year :) Anyone else out there feeling the same about their long journey with art?

I've seen Silvia (our lovely fractal art CV) doing the 30 day challenge, I'm seriously considering doing it as well. I haven't been this creative... probably since 2012-ish. In past 4 months I made as many artworks as I did in whole 2017, so I might as well give it a shot :)

In late 2017/2018 my art has become a consistent trail of distinct memories, feelings, particular moments frozen in time, forever etched in artworks. I've always put my emotions/thoughts in artworks but this is different. I knew it but refused to actually acknowledge it, refused to stand still for a moment and look back at what I've been doing. I'm documenting a process. It's deeply personal, laid bare for anyone and everyone who cares to take a closer look. I've never done this before, not in this extent, not in this depth. Something's changing.

Recently, I reconnected with an old friend. TLDR, we're together now. He's smart, nerdy and cool. He's a big guy with a beard. He's kind and caring; he trolls the living crap out of me sometimes. I fancy him, obviously. He's been my muse since well before there was any romantic stuff involved. We let each other breathe. Yet I think I haven't let anyone this close to me before. The process is painful and rewarding.

2017 was difficult, mostly crappy year for me. I'm loving 2018. It's by no means easy but finally, I feel like I can breathe again.
I did it! I successfully passed my state exams and I've earned a master's degree, yay! :party: I've been so terrified of the exams because many people around (classmates and lecturers both) think of me as a very, very smart and critically thinking student... so I was afraid that they would expect some sort of miraculous performance of me during the exams that I won't be able to fullfill. In the end the exams weren't all that teriffying, my lecturers were very kind and understanding of my inability to be as eloquent in my verbal speech as I am in my writing. That's a rare thing at university and it speaks volumes about our department.

I loved past 2 years at gender studies. I learned so much and I like to think that it helped me to grow as a person immensly, and at the same time made me realize how learning is never ending journey. I met awesome lecturers who not only passed a great deal of knowledge onto me but they also gave me a lot of direct and valuable feedback. I will miss them greatly. I will miss our class discussions where it was possible for me to engage in critical discussion with people who appreciate my point of view, people who see me as a talented and smart person. I don't get that sort of recognition very often, people mostly think that I am strange, that my views and thinking is odd/unconvential - which is not always a compliment.
In a way, I'm terrified now more than ever. Because now there is a gaping abyss in front of me. A great period of my life has come to an end and it feels like one wall of my internal world has shattered, I can't lean on it anymore. And I know that my future life will be whatever I'll make it to be, and this responsibility is awesome and scary - both at once.

I know that there are good things ahead. I'll make it so. But right now, I just feel like crawling in bed and staring at the ceiling. Let me rest before I leap. Let me cry for a bit, mourn the life period I'm leaving behind. I'll be back in a few days with more positive attitude. I can't stand wallowing in past for very long :meditate:
I was about to rant but I figured I'd rather spread love than hate, so have some pretty pictures instead! :dummy: (I tried to pick nice pieces with not so many faves, so feel free to unleash your love :dalove:) I'm still studying for my state exams, which will take place about 2 weeks from now, so I won't post anything new by then (most likely) :noes:

Dynlyea by PrettyJu <da:bigthumb id="549948995"/>  Graveyard of Dreams [+Speedpaint] by yuuike  Call Of Heaven by LukasFractalizator  ImagineFX Market Speedpainting Tutorial by Tanzenkat  HOPE by Apolar <da:bigthumb id="549041860"/>  Freedom 2 by AITUARMANAS

tropic bliss by sewer-pancake  Dragon's Dance by katdesignstudio  Allein by ExitMothership  Vanity by FionaCreates 
Alright, I haven't written anything in a long while... so let's jump on the bandwagon, shall we?

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    Over 9 years. Wow. I haven't even realised it's been that long :D I've started making fractal art not long after I joined DA, so I've been doing fractal art for over 9 years as well. That's a crazy number :O

  2. What does your username mean?

    Lucid = bright, clear, sane. If I was to re-phrase my username, it would go something along those lines: "light of reason" or "light of mental clarity". I'm INTJ, so go figure lol.

  3. Describe yourself in three words.

    Visionary, blunt, loyal

  4. Are you left or right handed?

    Mostly right handed, although I can write decently with my left as well. I do some things by left hand when I should use right as a right handed person.

  5. What was your first deviation?

    Fractal artwork (deleted it long time ago) on this account. I used to have different account for a while (before I made lucid-light account) where I uploaded several drawings but I hated both the username and my drawings, so I abandoned it.

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

    Fractal art, duh! I also love HDR photography (check out my photography account: EllieFragile ) but I don't have the time to keep it up. Maybe after I finish my master degree. I'll do everything once I finish the school, I swear, lol!

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

    Drawing. I used to be great in compare with other children from school back when I was in my early teens but then I came to DA and I saw that I suck mightily at drawing.

  8. What was your first favourite?

    Harsh Reality by Lokai2000
    This is one of the earliest favourites I added which I remember even after all this time. I used to admire 3D artworks a lot more back then, I even tried it a bit but was hopeless. First page of my oldest favourites is mostly 3D artworks, second is full of fractal art :)

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

    I like digital art in general, I'd say that fractals make up the most of my favourites, followed closely by digital drawings

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

    Wow, this is hard to pick. I'd say probably lindelokse

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

    I prefer to meet people online. I'm socially awkward so any face-to-face meeting with my favourite artists would end up being complete disaster :D

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

    ClaireJones is the name I like to throw around because her julia tutorials helped me to understand how Apophysis works in general. It was probably about the tweaking suggestions she made in it, many tutorials say "this value must be X, this Y" but she explained that the numbers can be different and encouraged experimenting. That was a big deal for me because I finally saw that there is a way to predict the outcome of the numbers that I put in there, that there is nothing random about creating a fractal artwork and that a fractal artist is very much the deus ex machina in Apophysis. 

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

    Computer, Apophysis

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

    We, fractal artists, can't really choose a place unless we drag our computers or laptops around 24/7. So, home it is.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

    My first Daily Deviation, I was so excited I cried. I couldn't believe that it happened to me. It was something that happened only to big great famous people. I think I haven't felt good enough to deserve it but then I realised that mortals can get DDs as well. After that I started suggesting DDs (not very successfully, I'm afraid) and even now whenever I feel especially strongly about an artwork or when I think that the artist deserves more recognition, I always take the time and suggest the image as a DD because I remember how great it felt to get one.


I guess that's all, folx. My diploma thesis is done, now I'm writing an article (Gone Girl book analysis, I'll be a published author by the end of this year!) and I'm starting to prepare for state exams, which means that I will be busy studying up until the second half of September (depends on the state exams date, they haven't picked it yet). If everyting goes smoothly I'll get my master degree after the state exams and I'll be done with school for a while. I have't really decided if I want to get a Ph.D. as well but I seriously need to take a break for at least a year from school. Ever since I started studying at university back in 2010 I haven't had enough time for fractal art and I'd like to get back to it more intensely. After all, I've been doing fractal art (on and off) for past 9 years, so it means that I am goddamn serious about it (or I'd better be, anyway) :D
Hey everybody! :hug:

A few days ago I received my 7th DD! :faint: :dance: Every DD is special to me but this one is EXTRA special because it's my first DD on wallpaper :aww:

Autumn Glory by lucid-light

Many thanks, hugs and kisses to fellow senior member Ginryuzaki for suggesting the artwork and to TehAngelsCry (Gosh, I love dat nickname!) for featuring it! :heart:

Oh yeah, I almost forgot (not really lol!)...


I got a fancy badge attached to my nick cause I received seniority status! :squee: 

NOW. I feel like I have a responsibility towards DA community. I do some nice stuff around here, I suggest DDs, I am admin in several groups, I even founded 2 of my own groups. I do occasional features. I give away free stuff, I donate points now and then. Still, I could do a lot better, hang around forums and chatrooms more, write critiques, do more features, suggest more DDs. There must be other stuff that I didn't even think of yet.
It's tough to manage college, work and social networking on top of that but I am trying very hard. There is still much room for improvement and I would like to hear your suggestions. I may not have time for certain things, like holding a contest is really beyond my schedule capacity, but I am open to any suggestions.
Okays, I promised to feature winners of a contest that was held by I-Heart-Colors group (don't even ask when did the contest end, I am sooo behind :ashamed:), so here they go!


Sparkling by Breathaze

Soap 02 by Breathaze


June by JoaRosa

Warmth by JoaRosa


Pond scene with fishes by Olilolly11

Bouquet of Roses by Olilolly11 
The results of the September giveaway are here!

:iconcamara-san: won Gold Universe necklace:

Il Fullxfull.525290314 Slsd by lucid-light

:iconkatieline: won Blue Butterfly necklace:

Il Fullxfull.525185324 Ktds by lucid-light

If you missed this giveaway and have no idea what's going on, I am trying to start a tradition of monthly giveaways to give something back to my lovely fan community for all their support! You can check out my fractal jewelry in this Etsy shop: Also, you can use following cupon code: LUCIDLIGHT20 to get a 20% discount on your purchase, should you decide to buy anything ;)

I am also open to crafting fractal jewelry on demand, so if you are in love with some of my artworks here on DA and want me to make a specific piece for you, just note me and we can figure out the details :la:

Next giveaway will most likely happen on my facebook page:… some time during October, so if you didn't win this time, you can participe in the October giveaway :hug:

Hello everybody! :wave:

I wanted to make a giveaway here at DA for ages, so FINALLY here it goes! :party: To participate, you must follow these rules:

1. Visit my e-shop at Etsy:
2. Comment on this journal and tell me which item you like the best
3. Add this journal to your favourites


Giveaway starts now (September 21) and ends September 29, 9:00 AM Central Time.
Two random winners will be chosen within few days after the end of the giveaway. The winners will receive the item that they liked the best in my shop.

A few examples of my fractal jewelry:


P.S. My lovely deviants who decide to buy anything in my shop can use this cupon code: LUCIDLIGHT20 to get a 20% discount :squee:
Hey guys! :tighthug:

I am just dropping by to give you links to the two interviews that were done with me during past weeks. If you want to know more about me and my artworks - make sure to check them out! :la:

One interview was conducted by WalkinginDreamlight on behalf of #Feature-It-Monday:  Feature It Monday Present's: Lucid Light! :):iconfeature-it-monday: is pleased to present to you :iconlucid-light: lucid-light as our Special Guest Artist Feature today :)
Without further ado, please give a warm welcome to lucid-light and visit her gallery. It's truly moving and beautiful:
1- Could you tell us a little about yourself and when did you start creating digital art?
My name is Eli Vokounova. I am 22 years old, female, Czech. I study Humanities/Liberal Arts at Charles University in Prague and now it's my last semester there. I plan to continue studying master degree at Gender Studies.
I've started creating digital art in 2006. I have no digital art related education, I am a self-taught artist.
2- How did you end up joining DeviantArt?
I joined DA in 2004 for the first time, a friend suggested it to me. I did some drawing back then but I didn't have the patience to practice and get better. I came back in 2006 an

The other interview was conducted by TheGalleryOfEve on behalf of #AllArtSupport Interview With lucid-light
Interview with lucid-light :iconLucid-light:
Thank you for taking your time with the interview for AllArtSupport. :heart:
AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Hello Eli, please tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into the world of fractal art?
lucid-light :bulletred: My name is Eli Vokounova, I am 22 years old, female. I am about to finish a bachelor degree in Humanities/Liberal arts during this semester at Charles University in Prague.
I stumbled upon fractal art on DA. Being a curious person and hungry for knowledge, I googled what fractal art is and then tried to do it myself. That was in 2006.

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Which are the reasons you have made an account in deviantART? What do you expect to achieve with it?
lucid-light :bulletred: I made my first account in 2004 (on a friend's suggestion) to present my drawings to the world. I wasn't serious enough about drawing

Hello guys, how are you doing? :)

I'm just dropping by real quick to feature these awesome winners of Let it snow contest:

1st place
Let it snow by Sarahharas07

2nd place
Snow Fairy by sombra33

3rd place
Let it Snow by Brainfruit


Hello everybody! :wave:

First things first. I have promised to feature the winners of the Fractalize your Xmas Holidays Contest (and I am sorry to do it so late :ashamed:).

First place:

Christmas time by manapi
by :iconmanapi:

Second place:

Christmas wreath by alchem
by :iconalchem:

Third place:

still there by monsan
by :iconmonsan:


Happy New Year! by YuryKyssa
by :iconyurykyssa:

and my humble:
Christmas by lucid-light

"Modern" schooling system doesn't suit me very well. Neither my dear brother, now when I think about it.

I have no trouble with studying. I am perfectly capable of attending lectures/seminar and participate actively. I love to discover and learn new information. It's the way they test and grade my knowledge. It's the way I'm treated like one of the crowd of students, a little ant in the giant ant nest called university.

I express myself face-to-face with much difficulty. I even have hard time talking to my friends sometimes because my words tangle. My mind is clear and sharp but trasferring my thoughts verbally is difficult for me.

Imagine me being treated like an idiot at this history oral exam I took few months ago. The examiner bluntly laughing at me, repeating my "errors" and not even letting me explain that I was talking in general and I am happy to provide specific information.
It is so NOT rewarding after 2 months of constant studying to fail just because the examiner is unable and unwilling to accept "different" way of answering his questions.

I don't ask for "special treatment" just for me. I ask for special treatment to everybody. Design people's study plans according to their capacities and capabilities. Design the exams accordingly. Which is ofcourse impossible with thousands of students :(

6 months left and I can finish the school with bachelor diploma but I might have also wasted 3 years of my life if I happen to fail to do the history exam twice more. I'll have to revisit those 3000 pages I learned months ago and try again soon. I'm also writing bachelor thesis, I'll make a journal about it in next few days because I need to do my own research as a part of the thesis - I am going to need a little bit of your help...

The good thing is that when I started studiying at the university 3 years ago, I didn't know what I am gonna do for living. Now I know because it's already happening. I'll continue doing fractal art.

The bad thing is that I will much probably never ever need the da*n diploma and now I feel like "why bother anymore". Just 6 more months and I can finish a goal that I no longer need to follow... I know that I will do everything I can to finish the school.

Although I don't know why anymore.
Do you?
Hello :)

some of you might have noticed that I have founded some time ago a group for Czech/Slovak ladies - CzechLadiesArt and I am proud to note that it has almost 600 members!

I have also founded DreamingDigitally - group for digital dreamers a month ago. Digital artists, feel free to join!

CzechLadiesArt feature:

Photography & Artisan Craft:

Lines by WandaTheBlow Jana by luciekout
La muse by tuminka . by Lissuin
shadow of youth by wewe94 The Guard by Lissuin 
Hi there! by Alyss6 empty room? by Sarush09
Magic by Nendy Persian Dragonscale bracelet by C0rO9
Free giveaway by Michaela9 cherry blossom cake by JankaArt
Looking up by NikkiReed  

Traditional Art:

Always... by A301P In the middle of a dream by JankaLateckova
Mourn by jane-beata Summer (Speed painting) by jane-beata
The Guardian, final by C0rO9 Ferrari 458 Italia by smudlinka66
First kiss by JankaLateckova Nevermore by Jossephin
ACEO/ATC: Druid by Samantha-dragon Forest Fairy by Michaela9
queen and butterfly by s-u-w-i

Digital Art & Photomanipulation:

Stardust by danich01 Pirate fotomanipulation wallpaper by Amanda-Sandford
My precious by Naia-Art Wolf being by bionomi  
In the woods by l-CoRaLiNe-l The God of Thunder by YashinMaru
Dragon mom by Allagar Amarine by Lucyl99

DreamingDigitally feature:

Drawings, paintings and airbrusing & Vector

Winds of Northrend by Nephiam The Golden Parrot by dreamstone
i'm alive by mart-art Ice Overture by Northern-Panda
Bubble House by renatoklieger The Coming Storm by Travis-Anderson
Gift by Radittz :bigthumb324227169:
The Creation by CristianAC Dragon love by firatsolhan  
Dear Esther Speedpaint by charcoalfeather First painted flower by OMGHereIAm
Harmony by PanosBoutas le printemps by INITZS
:bigthumb319589988: find me a place to stay by Anirr
warm light by hollow-cat
sci-fi city by master-of-dizazter End of summer by masha88  
Cat by kinkajoomotion :bigthumb326485411:
:bigthumb324134105: You're My Everything by Quelyntr
Freedom by kinkajoomotion Prince of darkness. by thanomluk  
That Feather by nashed-potato Contest - Hm? by clgtart

3-dimensional art, Fractal art, Photomanipulations & Mixed media

Butterfly Sanctuary by Velvet--Glove The I Inside by LivSeven
Reflection by TropicalCreations Returned Home by rOEN911

Mature Content

In Harmony with Nature by violsky
Android 3.0 by razzicr7 air battle by Miezis
Play with the fairy by tinca2 Clockwork Orange by RGDart  


Journal Entry: Wed Jun 6, 2012, 12:29 PM


Well, nothing really new is happening around me, I'm still burried under a pile of books (Plato, Nietzsche, Bacon, Eliade, ....).
The exam takes place on friday. Wish me luck, please, because this subject is mandatory and I won't get a degree if I don't pass.
I am so exhausted.
Will have a lunch in my favourite vegan restaurant tomorrow to lighten up my mood.

Oh. And I am testing this new journal skin by awellis. :noes:

Feature: Dark Fairytales Contest WINNERS

1st place:

by LuzTapia

2nd place:
Beauty and the Beast by Enamorte
by Enamorte

3rd place:
Little Red Riding Wolf by Blavatskaya
by Blavatskaya

Honorable mentions:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Rssfim .: Deadly Alice :. by Pure-Poison89

Mature Content

Dark Red Riding Hood by TrollGirl

CzechLadiesArt - monthly feature

Give some love to my wonderful talented group members :heart:

brownie by vallisse No matter what, fight by jane-beata Alone in the dark by NikkiReed :thumb297247352: redhaired saddness. by BlackDennie
:thumb113110802: Still waiting.. by Lissuin I had a dream... by tuminka dandelion 2. by rachel93 Modern Key Necklace - Little Fairy by DreamyElegance
hejno by faQy Angelic Sunset by Michaela9 Forest by Allagar Astronaut by Rarachovna Cerny kocour by bionomi Hermione Granger by Goldfog violin. by oconi

  • Reading: Plato
  • Drinking: Black tea


Journal Entry: Wed May 9, 2012, 11:38 AM

Inspiration Station: silwenka


I've been watching silwenka for ages, literally. She is such a fabulous fractal artist, one of those rare few who's art is so breathetaking that I have to fave every single artwork she uploads :faint:

-Air- by silwenka -silverae- by silwenka -Sakura- by silwenka -MidnightLovers- by silwenka -RoseGarden- by silwenka -Reactor- by silwenka -IWantMore- by silwenka
-Caress- by silwenka -Civilizations- by silwenka -Natsu- by silwenka -FairyTale- by silwenka -TheLastTree- by silwenka -Joyous- by silwenka

Just... go to see her gallery for yourself :)

May Feature: Artworks by Czech ladies

This feature includes the best artworks submitted to my group CzechLadiesArt during april.


:thumb176363405: Bajkonur by luciekout Purple surprise | SPRING 2012 collection by weronicamc Spring by jane-beata Music is phenomenon by Mishice :thumb283392843: Harmony by danich01 Blue Rosy Earrings - Sold by DreamyElegance Caught by Lissuin The Way by Lissuin Ruby is the blood of my heart by Jezerel :thumb275020940: Socks by LissiKete :thumb298014734: Affection by jane-beata Magnolia by Samantha-dragon Corvus corax by Sudlice :thumb295115174: Photo 14 Year 2011 version+ by weronicamc

Suggested DDs

Recently I have suggested about 7 DDs and 3 out of them got the DD, yay! :w00t:

Train by LenkaSimeckova Dear Rose.. necklace by TheTerezkaD St. Peter's wort | NOVEMBER FLOWER 2011 collection by weronicamc

  • Reading: A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

Inspiration Station: FractalDesire

Journal Entry: Thu May 3, 2012, 1:30 AM
This week we feature:


Tutorial - Xaos revealed by FractalDesire Tutorial - Making of 'Bipolar design' by FractalDesire

Fractal art:
Between the seasons by FractalDesire Opposites attract by FractalDesire Universal spin by FractalDesire
Centre of mobius world by FractalDesire Desert plants by FractalDesire
Mobius love by FractalDesire The wave by FractalDesire
Duality by FractalDesire Spring entering Apophysia's meadows by FractalDesire


  • Reading: A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

Creative Commons?

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 29, 2012, 11:15 PM
I shouldn't really post and write things when I am angry but in this case I want to make sure.
I set to all my works Creative Commons License of this type:
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The license says:

You are free:

to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work

Under the following conditions:

Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

I don't see anywhere in the description that people are allow to use my work. It is strictly prohibited in the last point of conditions. Is that right? Or am I completely stupid foreigner that doesn't understand some kind of hidden message between the lines?

  • Reading: A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

Inspiration Station... and some thoughts

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 24, 2012, 2:35 PM
First goes a double feature:


Camouflage Pattern by pillemaster Sternnacht by pillemaster
The Bridge by pillemaster Spring by pillemaster
Mobo 2 by pillemaster SE 1 by pillemaster
Life in a Waterdroplet by pillemaster Bubble Tank by pillemaster SE 2 ... or ... the sun by pillemaster


Maze of Tiny Lights by slobo777 Landing by slobo777
Nervous Metallic by slobo777 Colour Study I by slobo777
Undersea Cave by slobo777 Silicon Hive by slobo777
New Star by slobo777 Tenet by slobo777

And now the thoughts on "MAY I USE YOUR WORK?" notes that I keep getting.

I am working on details of my "Commission info" lately. The vast majority of commissioned work I did was for Czech customers (though my czech e-shop) and I've decided to open myself to commissions at DA too. WHY? :la:

Lately I've been receiving quite a lot of notes and e-mails with similar subjects...
"Can I use your work?" "May I use your images?" etc.
Topic of these notes is usually something about "I would like to use your work to create a book cover, a jewelry design, a website logo..." They also say that "I will give full credits to you and add link to your DA page".
Those people generally do not reply at all when I ask how much $ do they offer for my work or they get offended and accuse me of "wanting to make money off everyting".
WHAT THE HELL?! :confused:
They want to use my work for commercial purpose, to make money and they get upsed when I want to be paid for allowing them to make money off my work?
Again I ask... what the hell?!
Do they think that my work is stock or something? Do they think that I am stupid (or altruistic?) enough to let them profit off my work while all I get is "thanks"?

Art is one thing. I love creating and sharing art, I do it for my pleasure and to please my watchers too. I do it for free. If a few prints get sold along the way, it is just an unexpected nice side effect.
Work is something else. If someone wants to use my image for commercial purpose (or wants me to create custom image for them), I believe that I deserve to get paid for my work. Don't I? :(

(P.S. these thoughts don't concern notes of people that ask me for permission to use my work to create art. I see that as an artistic collaboration between two equal colleagues and in these cases I certainly do not require any payment.)

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Inspiration Station: DothackersDaichi

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 11, 2012, 7:47 AM
This week we are featuring:


Venus in Reverse by OutsideFate Happy Accident by OutsideFate Charcoal March of Spiders by OutsideFate
Kizuato by OutsideFate ...Fills my Hollow Chest... by OutsideFate
Reshape by OutsideFate Regrow by OutsideFate
Narcissus Apoflora by OutsideFate Existentional Crisis by OutsideFate
Obsidians Dream by OutsideFate Fall Apart by OutsideFate


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Inspiration Station: eralex61

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 3, 2012, 3:54 AM
lucid-light had finally gotten some sleep, yay :w00t:
I will probably upload a new fractal today, it's a wallpaper! :nod:

And now I feature:


Lost in Time by eralex61 GlynnSim plugin by eralex61
SphericalN plugin by eralex61 Stained Glass by eralex61
Digital mind by eralex61 Synthesis by eralex61
Duality 2 by eralex61 Lifting from the Deep by eralex61

  • Reading: A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin