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Inspiration Station: n8iveattitude1

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 31, 2011, 8:22 PM
**IMPORTANT: For information on how to help with earthquake relief in Van, Turkey, please follow the link -->… **


This week Inspiration Station celebrates its founder, SuicideBySafetyPin, the current GM and the founder of the only active fractal chatroom right now - #Aposhack.

SuicideBySafetyPin's gallery is huge. I mean, huge. We're talking 12,000+ deviations here. Being determined to try and keep my features to lesser known fractals of the featurees, I had to pass on about 650 fractals with 40+ favs to reach what one would consider the relatively deeper parts of Light's gallery, and that's still barely scraping the surface. I then moved my search to around the midpoint of her gallery which still didn't cease showing up gems. In my attempt of reducing her gallery down to 5 works, I could not find it in myself to spare a slot to photography, but I do urge you to check her photographs as well, some great macros and landscapes there. Here are your featured works:

Behind the Buildings by SuicideBySafetyPin Out by SuicideBySafetyPin Life is a Puzzle by SuicideBySafetyPin Details Going Up by SuicideBySafetyPin Once Again Glynnia by SuicideBySafetyPin


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Van Earthquake

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 26, 2011, 6:10 AM
Hi everyone,

Thanks to everyone who were concerned about my family back in Turkey after the earthquake. I didn't personally know anyone around the area, my family is mostly in Istanbul and were not effected by the earthquake. I do appreciate your concerns though, it means a lot to me.

That said, all is not good and dandy. If you have been reading the news about it, you haven't seen one tenth of the severity of the situation back there. I just read the notes of someone who personally experienced the earthquake and the aftermath, and the number of casualties and the need for humanitarian help is much worse than the media portrays it to be. That's why I wanted to provide you with what I think is one of the more reliable websites for donations to the region for earthquake relief. It distributes 100% of your money to what I know are trusted organizations that are involved first hand at the region. I know not everyone might have funds to spare to share with people who need it on the other side of the world, but if you do, here's what I found to be one of the best ways to handle whatever you want and are willing to share:…

Thanks for your attention, take care. :)

ps. Please don't hesitate to share the link with your friends and whoever you think might be willing and able to help.

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Inspiration Station : Platinus

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 25, 2011, 5:29 AM
I've missed a lot of Inspiration Stations but I wouldn't forgive myself if I missed this one :D This guy is a great friend and is one of the first people that I chatted with at the #Apophysis chatroom as I was starting out. His Apophysis skills never ceased to amaze me (which, luckily for you, he offers at a discounted price right now - go check his journal), but on the less technical side, I have many of his works among my favorite fractal art of all time (that kinda sounds like the stuff's been around by ages but nevermind). And after close to an hour strolling his gallery and trying to get it down to 5, here are 5 of his works that are relatively unknown (under 40 favs). "Unknown" takes another meaning when you're looking at an ex-gallery director's gallery so spare me the eyerolls. The fourth thumb is from 2007, just for nostalgia, and the last one is one of his stunningly coloured abstract paintings.

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Inspiration Station: LucaGN

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 26, 2011, 10:46 PM
All your journals are belong to dark-beam!

I remember featuring one of his works in my hipster mandelbulb journal some time ago (the first fractal displayed here). He's a big name for Mandelbulb3D after all, I'm being told :D I don't have much experience with that particular program, so I wouldn't know, but his gallery offers some pretty nice UF fractals as well, which I will now share with you.

Sierpinski maze in 3D by dark-beam Talis: Forest of owls by dark-beam For Titia by dark-beam Punk-graffiti by dark-beam Painting by dark-beam


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Getting Ducks in a Row

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 18, 2011, 9:54 PM
Hey all!

All my recent fractals have been "Duckies" though that may not always be very obvious. I've been meaning to make a journal like this for some time, but since I'm working with duckies almost constantly now, I thought it would be appropriate. This journal needs to start with a gallery feature for misterxz, him being the author of the formulas that would generate Talis type patterns in Ultra Fractal roughly 5 years ago, and also the father of the term 'ducky' as that was the name of the original formulas he'd written. Talis patterns were popular among Fractal Explorer artists, but UF artists were not quite familiar with them yet when misterxz started submitting images he made with his private formula.

Ethereal Ocean by misterxz bridge by misterxz terrestrial by misterxz Fantasia by misterxz Fractal Years by misterxz Unearthed by misterxz Invoking the Air by misterxz Midnight by misterxz Construct by misterxz brilliance wallpaper by misterxz

A few people including myself, FarDareisMai, monochromatic-stains and trystianity were introduced to these formulas when Elias started sharing the parameters of some of his works in chat.

Deforestation by esintu Cross Pollination by monochromatic-stains Tapestry by FarDareisMai The Playground by esintu

It was about a year after some of us had submitted works with these formulas that a group of artists took notice and started asking for the formula to be released. With permission from Elias, the parameters were sent to those who asked for them. After a while, new formulas appeared in the public library, new 'ducky' images started popping up with increasing frequency, followed by a tutorial on how to get these patterns in UF and what formulas to use ( which basically created a hype of 'duckies'. As the word and the formula spread around, Elias' name started disappearing from the credits as most artists and the secondary modifications of Ed Algra's variation of the formula never took notice. I don't think Elias cares much, but I felt personally responsible as I was one of the people who released the formula to those who asked for it (along with FarDareisMai).

So there, I just wanted to give the guy some due credit realizing that the history of this new hype of duckies still remains a little vague to many people. Anyway, here are some more 'duckies' showing the versatility of the formulas (and a shameless plug of my own works as well :paranoid:)...

Battle Of Preveza by esintu Metropolis by esintuAsglaia by FarDareisMai Lake Pontchartrain by FarDareisMai Wind Farm by FarDareisMai Legion by FarDareisMai Higher Ground by Beesknees67 The Valley by Beesknees67 In Motion by Beesknees67 The Memory of Trees by Beesknees67 Ducky Tapestry by Beesknees67 20110129-1 by s31415 20110218-1 by s31415 20110326-1 by s31415 20110405-1 by s31415 20110602-1 by s31415 Waking Up by OutsideFate Elysian Fields of Ducky by krigl Tenuis by infinite-art Stress Relief by OutsideFate Ducky Kind of Day by SuicideBySafetyPin Pityriaseidae by guagapunyaimel Ducky's valley by coby01 Ducky's wave by coby01 The Enchanted Ducky Forest by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Path in the Forest by OutsideFate Blissfull Day by OutsideFate Jungle by OutsideFate Pure Devotion by OutsideFate the fabric of dreams by Fiery-Fire River runs thru it by Fiery-Fire  Red Winds by Platinus

enjoy! :)

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Zoomable Fractals and a Notification

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 15, 2011, 6:33 PM
First off, thanks to s31415 who, in a comment on my journal and later on in his journal, provided the links to the websites that allowed me to do what I'm about to show you now. I've always admired his zoomable images and the amount of detail that they allow you to browse in a fractal, and now I'll be doing that as well, on my more textural fractals that don't depend too much on the overall composition (i.e. texture fields). Here's one I made of my latest fractal "Chaos and Cosmos":

Chaos and Cosmos by esintu - click the button on the top right for a full screen view to fully appreciate the zoom.


As for the notification, it's really for personal peace of mind, and you're free to ignore it. Some of you may be familiar with the blog Orbit Trap. I'm going to skip the introduction on why I used to like reading the blog and how I became increasingly frustrated with their articles,  because the point of this blurb is to provide myself the space for a response to a reply on my comments that the blog doesn't seem to be willing to provide anymore (translate: I'm no longer able to post comments on their blog apparently). I still keep in mind that this might be a technical issue and am willing to apologise if that's the case, though I highly doubt it since this wouldn't be the first time they censor comments on the blog (see I don't blame them either because it's really my fault I went and commented in the first place after promising myself that I would no longer do that. Not that anyone should care, but just in case, I would also appreciate if no one raised this issue in comments to their blog because I don't want to be accused of triggering a mob as Kerry Mitchell was.

So, since I can't comment there, here's my final response to Tim's reply (…), in case he finds himself strolling the pages of "Fractalbook" once again and comes across this journal:

"Thanks for the advice but I do read the articles, Tim, and not in one of them do I see a conclusion that shares the positive view of this particular article about graphic design and decorative art being more than 'craft' and being just as valuable as 'real art'. They occasionally hint at that idea and then go on to conclude that decorative art is limited and isn't as valuable as 'fine art'. You can't make such a huge deal about the dichotomy between art and craft and expect people to know when you've dropped the distinction when you use the word "art" and "artwork".

My point specifically, though, is that there is no difference between these images and the ornate UF fractals you so despise - they're all decorative, detailed, complex images with a certain degree of technical achievement. They're all 'craft', and not in a derogatory way. It was you who wrote five articles pointing out that "fractalists" or "fractal enthusiasts" should go beyond ornamentation to be considered "fractal artists". These images that you refer to as "artwork" are not examples of that. Again, I have no problem with these images per se, but perhaps you should make up your mind whether you want to see decorative and ornamental fractal art or not."

Thanks for reading if you did.. Now go back to the zoomable image and have a look :)


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Inspiration Station: s31415

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 12, 2011, 8:46 PM
Ok so these flash mob features are fun and all, and everyone we feature has given some valuable art and resources to the fractal community, but I cannot stress how much this current featuree has been a source of awe and inspiration to me. Not only that, but he's the author of the formula and colouring algorithm families i've used in at least a third of my UF fractals, in textures if nothing else. He also has a great website that contains his blog which is, imho, essential for all fractal artists to keep an eye on. So before I go full-on fangirl on you, let me pull out some of my all-time favorites from his gallery for your enjoyment:

20090501 by s3141520090715-1 by s3141520080827 by s3141520080422 by s3141520061126c by s3141520091118-1 by s3141520090822-1 by s3141520090816-1 by s3141520100712-1 by s3141520100101 by s31415

Also visit his portfolio on his website for some of his works that are not on DeviantArt such as… ,… or… . Those links actually contain zoomable images, something Monnier suggests that all fractal artists should try if they value the details in their art - zoom around and lose yourself in the details.

And to finish off, I'll share some of my own art that has extensively used his formulas and colouring algorithms and has been inspired by him in style. I promise I won't do this for all the artists I feature, and believe me when I say that I see this as an opportunity to pay tribute to him, not to advertise my own art. The following fractals were made using s31415's colouring algorithms only, the first three being single layered:

Bloodthirsty by esintuDamlalar by esintuShambolism by esintuTribute To Pollock by esintu

Please visit his gallery and see for yourself how beautiful fractal art can be without spirals, flowers and neon colours too.

ps. Fun Fact: It took me an embarrassingly long time to actually pay attention and realize the numbers in his username on dA were 'Pi' :slow:

Out, till next week :)

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Inspiration Station: Zueuk

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 5, 2011, 8:19 PM
This week's mob feature is dedicated to Zueuk. Many of his fractals are ingrained in the memories of most fractalists who were around when he was much more active on DA. He fathered many a fractal that brought about hundreds more that tried to replicate his works. I remember him as one of the most influential fractalists back in the time when I first downloaded Apophysis and despite the majority of his gallery being from before 2006, it still remains as one of the most technically stunning galleries.

I'll go chronologically here and feature some of his older works from 2005-2006, assuming that his newer work will surely be featured by many others.

H.R. Giger's The Fly by Zueuk Probe in the Dock by Zueuk Life Magic by Zueuk Curl by Zueuk Impossible Space by Zueuk

all his fractals with no exceptions feature amazing glow and lighting control, presented with great structure, as shown in the very early examples in the sample above.  enjoy the rest of his gallery. :)

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Art Theft Heads Up

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 1, 2011, 5:16 PM
Thanks to davebold370, we have been made aware of another website with ripped fractals from deviantart (and perhaps other websites). It's in Chinese so it was a little hard to navigate, but here's the page of the guy who posted all the fractals:…

This is page 15, fractals start here. There are some interruptions in between but the fractals go all the way to 40's, so keep looking if you want to check whether your art is up there. Thanks to the efforts of FarDareisMai, SuicideBySafetyPin, Leichenengel and myself, we have so far spotted works from about 7 artists off the top of our heads, but there are still works that we recognize but can't quite place. If you want to help out, please refer to the comprehensive list below that FarDareisMai kindly compiled and see if you can spot any additional ripped works. They have strangely ripped curiously amateurish works as well, so even if you don't think anyone would ever rip anything off your gallery, you might be wrong, so make sure to check the link above. That said, my gallery was once again left untouched :roll:

Cheers!… - Shortgreenpigg… - lindelokse… heavenriver ?…… davebold370……… - xero-sama…… - eralex61… uncubitodehielo88……… Kattvinge……… racingspoons……… ivankorsario……… LaraBLN… blessed-saen… 2BORN02B… terrye634

+ dozens from SuicideBySafetyPin's and FarDareisMai's galleries that they did not bother to compile. please let me know of others you find so that I can keep the list up to date.

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Inspiration Station: Xyrus02

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 29, 2011, 11:58 PM
omg what is UP with all the Xyrus-02 features in your devwatch?!

Die Weide und der Fluss by Xyrus-02 Bitshifter by Xyrus-02 Sacred Winds by Xyrus-02
Motion by Xyrus-02 Occulum Fractalis by Xyrus-02

while Georg's gallery is full of technically stunning fractals that will surely be featured elsewhere, I went for my personal favorites that don't necessarily have technical feats as their locomotive :) enjoy!

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Hipster Exposure: Mandelbulbs

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 30, 2011, 2:59 PM
I did some heavy browsing about a month ago but never got around to featuring the gems I found. I will now proceed to spill them out gradually.
This particular feature can also be called "Mandelbulb images I actually like".

Here's an artist you probably don't know about but should... (no i'm not ashamed of being a fractal hipster)


some stunning 4+ dimension Mandelbulbs with a lot of movement. these need to be looked at and appreciated more than they currently are, because these are among the rare unique Mandelbulbs that aren't a carbon copy of each other with 2 degrees of an angle difference. I'm really growing tired of the same Mandelbulb images and ideas being repeated in every gallery (including mine), but I really do love a unique Mandelbulb. if you have similar feelings, go and surprise yourself with how exciting Mandelbulbs can really be when you go beyond the third dimension.

here's 5 that I picked.

Ancients by cab1n Reach by cab1n Mordor by cab1n Contact by cab1n Deeper zoom by cab1n

and now for some individual 'bulb photos (yes, photos), few already quite popular, but most under 20 favs:

Armageddon day by hmn Mandelocular - 04 by ChaoticAtmospheres Zeniba's Legacy by timemit Terra Mundus by SoberDreamer Scafoldings by bib993 Cerebral Assassin by GetHighOrDie IFS fractal 14 by KrzysztofMarczak Sierpinski maze in 3D by dark-beam DOF by KrzysztofMarczak :thumb207689011: Roots by KrzysztofMarczak M3D111 by nachoriesco :thumb193405007: Galapagos by Loadus Tartarus by egehlin Into the woods by Vidom KNINI by bib993

enjoy :)

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Early Influences #3

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 9, 2011, 12:35 PM
I haven't been too active here lately, and I found this old series that I seem to have discontinued after only 2 journals. So, I decided to add some more to that. Hope you enjoy.

The First Two:

The third artist I would like to feature is:


Ian is another Apophysis artist, and you can still see the influence of his texture-heavy fractals in my works. His creativity with his titles and descriptions always made his works fun to look at, and he's one of those rare people who used to (and still) bothers writing thought-out and creative comments on people's works. His creativity isn't limited to words, of course. His art has always been innovative, and his gallery is one that I keep going back to for inspiration. Here are a few selected fractals for you to enjoy, especially selected to try and demonstrate how versatile an artist he is:

Fractal Mondrian by IDeviant Discussing possible futures by IDeviant
Sunset, shattered by IDeviant Docklands sunset by IDeviant
Expansion by IDeviant Amy's world by IDeviant Swatch3 by IDeviant
Mekanik by IDeviant A twist in the drip by IDeviant
The sixties by IDeviant High-rise by IDeviant IFCC by IDeviant
Antarctic expedition by IDeviant

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Journal Entry: Fri Nov 5, 2010, 9:05 AM
Wow. I certainly wasn't expecting this. I got a DD on one of my photos!

In The Face Of Day by esintu

It's one of my personal favorites, so I'm hyped to see it featured. Thank you FallenUmbrella and Kaz-D!

I've been neglecting photography recently, maybe it's time I started spending more time with it :D

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Ultra Fractal Express Edition on Sale

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 2, 2010, 4:42 PM
Hi all!

Just wanted to give a heads-up to those who want to acquire Ultra Fractal that there will be a sale this Friday, November 5th (one day only) for Ultra Fractal Express Edition on Bits du Jour ( The express edition normally costs $39, but on Friday you will be able to buy it for $19 only.

I have to point out that the express edition does NOT allow for layers though, so you would only be able to make single-layer fractals of any size and magnification. While layering is quite a big part of UF, though, I have a couple of single layer fractals in my gallery, and if you're using Apophysis, you should be used to working with single layers anyway. Just keep in mind that many tutorials you will find will be featuring layers. Just saying so you don't come running back saying I fooled you or something :D

Also worth pointing out is that you can later opt to upgrade your version to the creative edition to be able to work with layers. The upgrade costs $54, so with what you paid for the express edition it comes up to $73. The actual price for purchasing the creative edition directly is $79. So even if you want to get the creative edition, getting the express edition through this sale would give you a $6 discount for the creative edition eventually. Just saying, in case you think it's worth it :lol:



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Feature Time!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 12, 2010, 3:54 PM
very random because they've piled up over the past few months. i probably missed dozens of good works during that time as well, these caught my eye pretty much randomly during my sporadic peeks at my inbox over the summer. enjoy!

Harry Haller's magic theatre by IDeviant Morning Sun At Smokey Mountain by FAIA-Fractals
Abacus Fantasy by carlx  ISOTERIC by vonsac
Downfall of all hopes by Abstt Something dark by Theli-at
Dissecting A Blood Worm by egehlin Effervescent Zebra Chronicles by FractalEyes
010910 by Pasternak Tartarus by egehlin 'A'aa by FarDareisMai
Playing with fire by pinkal09 Shadows of the future by Abstt
Divine Flame by Platinus Venus in Reverse by OutsideFate Inkkoi by FarDareisMai
Angel by 0urobuos Sky Turbine by FarDareisMai
Formosa by Platinus Hake I by DoubleLayer
Dreams of Flight Again by slobo777 Spectral analysis by IDeviant

and a special thank you to Fiery-Fire for she knows what.. here are a few from her gallery for you to enjoy:

Bamboo depths by Fiery-Fire Cactus wall by Fiery-Fire Silver-steel-weaver by Fiery-Fire downstairs going Up by Fiery-Fire
Breaking_the_walls_down by Fiery-Fire unexpected time warp by Fiery-Fire
the ship by Fiery-Fire Fortress_of_fortune by Fiery-Fire
Misty daybreak by Fiery-Fire Faded Mechanics by Fiery-Fire

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Journal Entry: Fri Sep 10, 2010, 5:53 PM
would anyone like to make a confession regarding a recent purchase? hmm? :paranoid:

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Journal Entry: Mon Aug 30, 2010, 7:20 PM
because internets would fail just in time when I've rendered a series of fractals to upload. :|

i will be cafe-surfing for internet for the next few days until we get a new internet contract and modem.

just saying...

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Journal Entry: Mon Jul 19, 2010, 4:55 PM
Yea, so, about the recent submissions, and a few more that is to come in the next few days...

I'm going through a spiral phase right now and I don't think I'll be able to get out of it before I run out of Doodads and Julia parameters and combinations to play with (seems impossible so far). I'm not really known for my love for spirals, and I'm pretty sure I'll have to do a gallery clean-up once I manage to fight the spiro-virus out of my UF, but for the time being you'll have to put up with this.

So, spirals.

Just saying...

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Dave Weckl

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 12, 2010, 2:16 PM
I saw Dave Weckl live and got to talk to him.

That is all.

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Still Breathing

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 14, 2010, 12:22 PM
Just a tiny update to show that I'm still alive to those who care and wonder.

I'm watching the World Cup and rooting for Holland and England, though I'm pretty certain that neither will be playing beyond the semi finals.

I haven't touched a fractal program in more than a month. Not good.

I'll probably be starting a research assistant job in one of the best universities here. Good.

I'll try and catch up with some new submissions, but I'll probably miss out on most of the stuff that I would love to see, which is a pity.

I guess that's it. Let me know if I missed anything major :)

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