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Inspired by Derkesthai Dreams by denise-g Inspired by Derkesthai Dreams by denise-g
One of my favorite abstract fractal images is
Derkesthai Dreams by Gary Reynolds aka *sharkrey

In exchange for my last money he has betrayed me the used formulas.
No!!! This was of course a joke. Gary is one of the most generous and
most helpful people who I know and he has helped me more than once.
Therefore, I would like to dedicate this image to him and I hope he like
it and this is a suitable cave for a Dragon.

The Dragon is the most universal motif linked to humanity for 5,000 years.
The word Dragon comes from "derkesthai" (Greek: to glance dartingly) which,
in a Hindu tradition, was the hungry look of the very first being when its fiery
spirit was born out of the abyss of water.


Created with Ultra Fractal. No Postwork except titel and border.
All comments are very welcome and much appreciated.

FULL VIEW IS MUCH BETTER!
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Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008   Digital Artist
Great dimensional piece! I love the sweeping feeling of classical architecture blended with the stark geometrical corners through the center, almost like an ancient ruin.
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mdichow Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Excellent work.

Manas
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kotpat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
hey this is so sharp and ...complicated! :lol: very beautiful
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
Thank you very much, I'm really glad you liked it! :hug:
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zeolyte Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
this looks great... almost like a 3D render :)
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006
Thank you very much. :-)
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ArtistInWaiting Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful departure from your flowers. Your flowers are lovely but it was getting time for you to stretch your wings a little. Bold step Lady, keep it up. You have a lot of talent.

Sharkrey has helped me too, in so many ways from providing links to sending notes on how to make small improvements. And the knowledge this man has gleaned on UltraFractal!
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
Thank you so much for your lovely comment dear Michele! :D :hug:
I am deeply grateful for all the help which Gary has given me.
I admire his work and his approach and I love his way to teach me.
I feel honoured to count to his friends.
This sounds like a flattery, but I mean this seriously.

Michele, I have not forgotten our conversation about the Sundance
festival. Some days ago the film "Hustle&Flow" has appeared on DVD
here with us. I will watch this film during the next days. I'm curious...:D
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ArtistInWaiting Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so welcome. Gary is a great guy. Have you seen his brother's work? He works in Terragen and does magnificent renders with this program.

Check him out!
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
Thanks.
Yes I know Tony's work. Some of his images are in my Fav collection. :D
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ArtistInWaiting Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
His work is marvelous...Somehow he caught something of mine and wandered over to my page and introduced himself. His DD that he got a while back looks like he did some work in World Machine. I've been meaning to ask him how he does some of the things he does. I have tried to use World Machine terrains in Terragen but they don't always work. The creator of World Machine is like many programers, can't write a tutorial worth spit, so I'm really fumbling!
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
This is unfortunately Michele. I know Terragen but I don't know World Machine.
Can you not find other Tut's on the Internet?
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ArtistInWaiting Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to have to do that...find tutorials on the Internet. There are ways to lay one terrain on top of the other in Terragen, and that might help. I had to re-download the program again, I lost some files when the files were transferred to my new comp. I've been trying to use the free version and you don't get help with that one. Just a very basic "how-to".

Oh well...love a challenge!
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
:D Good luck for these especially challenge Michelle! :D
Sorry for the late answer.
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scott5353 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
I think that this is the cave of the most powerfull of all the Dragons.Its shimmering emerald green denotes its importance.He exits his lair of splendour only when called upon by the Cosmos to rectify and defeat any evil that has entered the Realm.We don't want to have a situation whereby he has to enter,yet at the same time we long to witness the beauty that lies in wait within.
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
ooop, I'm so sorry Scott for the late answer but today I really saw your
comment at the first time...I've no idea why.
Thank you so much for the lovely comment, I'm really glad you like it because it's
one of my personally favorits. :hug:
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laurengary Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Absolutely breath taking ! :+fav: Love it ! :D
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
Thanks a lot for the nice comment and the :+fav: too Lauren! :hug:
I'm glad you like it. :D
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laurengary Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
Your so welcome ! :D
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baba49 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Das ist eine sehr schöne höhle. Darin können drachen bestimmt schön träumen :D
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
:lol: Danke schön! :hug:
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MartinBelgium Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Your "master piece" so far !
I reminds me Narcisse & Goldmund (German writer : Hermann Hess) iI read (and loved) such a long time ago (I think I was young by this time)
Narcisse had to create his master piece ...
Have a nice WE, Denise
:hug:
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Thank you so much for the lovely comment Martin, I'm really glad you like it. :hug:
Yes, I also know Narciss&Goldmund by Herman Hesse. :D
Sorry for the late answer.
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o-LJ-o Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Absolutely awesome!:bow:
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Thank you so much Lisa, I'm really glad you like it! :D
Thanks for the :+fav: too. :hug:
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o-LJ-o Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
very welcome:nod:
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sharkrey Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006   Digital Artist
The first thing that I want to talk about is the color scheme. I know you have an art background, and sometimes I think I expect more from you that you give, color-wise. Generally, with analogous colors, since they are close to each other on the color wheel that, while they harmonize easily, there is no tension, no contrast. So my first thought is that this could really use a splash of contrast (just a spot of red somewhere) or even a complement (a splash of purple somewhere).

However, I think the tonal balance here really makes up for that. It is hard for me to leave black areas in an image, but in this case, the dark areas really help bring out the lighter areas, particularly the very light, almost white area in the middle of the upper right quadrant. Harley Brown, in his book “Eternal Truths for Every Artist”, discusses tonal values and mentions that if you have the values right, you can use pretty much any colors you want and they will look good. He says, “When it comes to value, that's when we find out why most paintings are boring and others will knock your socks off.”

So that’s the saving grace here to me, the tonal values make the color scheme work very well…very pleasing to the eye. You have a strong medium value, and the total area of the light and dark areas combined is less that this medium value…just right as far as tone.

As to the design…typically you might contrast horizontals with verts, or vice versa, but in this case…man! You have everything here but the kitchen sink, lol! Horizontals, verticals, circles, bezier curves…man…they’re all here! The sweeping lines from the bottom left and from the top left really draw the eye to the convergence point left center. And then the lighter gradients draw the eye up and to the right. So while it seems like a chaotic scene, there is an order here that one can sense, but can’t quite find. Very, very interesting.

All in all, this is a delightful piece, and I’m very honored by the dedication.

And now…what?…you want dinner or something?…lol…keep dreaming…
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
I know what you mean, there was a similar situation with the Poly Rings. I don't know any
more in which connection we have spoken about colourschemes, but after our conversation
I had selected the first colourscheme for the Poly Rings on one of these web pages which you
had called me. I have looked which colours appeal to me and then I've used only the colours
of this colourscheme, but it has not worked. I have thrown away everything because I was
not happy with it.

I cannot say why, but I never select the colours consciously, I choose them always on instinct, so act on feeling. I know, I should approach more with the mind to this thing, but if I select the colours with the head,
it does not work, it feels not good. However, I have considered another approach.
I will work at the beginning as usual which select colours intuitively and at the end I will look according
to a colourscheme in which my colours seem and then I will select a contrasting colour with which I can maybe put some accents, so to speak, "the cherry on the top". I suppose that could work.

lol...No, I want no dinner, I think rather, I would have to invite you for dinner or on a drink. It is certainly already 20 years ago that one of my images was discussed in this manner. I have to thank for it.
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sharkrey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006   Digital Artist
I think if you are comfortable selecting colors intuitively, you should continue on that path. Checking to see that they then follow established theory might be a good idea though.

I failed to mention that a strong point for this image is that because of the lines and the gradient work, your eye does travel across the canvas well, there is enough to keep you interested. Hard to just look at this and go, "Oh...that's nice." This image commands a good slow look.
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Thank you so much. I also failed to mention that the yellow areas was red before
I've changed the color to yellow. In this case the red has not worked well with the
green areas. Maybe it was too much red. Since I'm, however, a "student" in a
masking course, it seems to be a good idea to try out some of the techniquies
in this image....only for myself....lol
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sharkrey Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006   Digital Artist
I think, with red and green, since they are contrasting colors, you could help their harmony if you vary one of the other attributes of the colors. For example, very light red (high luminosity) against a very dark green. Or the reverse, a very light green against a dark red. Or, you could vary the saturation. Example, a very rich red against a very dull green, or vice versa. If you want to keep the saturation and luminosity values about the same for both colors, then separating them with a monochromatic, such as a gray, will help them work together.

Whatcha think?
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
I'll try out all the things you've said, later. Today I've tried different things, but to work on these
gradients is so difficult because the points lie so close, there is no margin/space to rotate the
gradient without changing the whole image. At the moment I'm fairly frustrated and I think then
I should better don't touch anything. Although thank you very much, I really appreciate your
thoughts and comments.
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sharkrey Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006   Digital Artist
>>>I'll try out all the things you've said, later<<<

Yeah, yeah...SURE you will...lol.

I wouldn't screw with these params too much, they don't lend themselves to easy gradient work.
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
:evillaugh: It seems, you know me too well. But I've planned for it, really....lol
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Erosa Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Y E S! :+fav: :nod:
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Thnak you so much for the :+fav: Dennis, I'm glad you like it.
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Erosa Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Your welcome Denise! :)
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HorseLips Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Packed full of detail, but doesn't overwhelm the senses. Excellent work
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Thanks a lot for the nice comment Tony and for the :+fav: too. :D
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MooseCall Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I am simply enthralled with this piece! And here you said once that you couldnt do abstracts! PFFFT :lol: This is one of the neatest ones I have seen in awhile. I am mesmerized by the flow of all the different shapes, the edges how they move from sharp to soft in various places, the striking golden color in the center admist all the green shades where the dragon is born. Simply beautiful!!! Instand Fave
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
hahaha...Thank you so much darling. Yes it's an abstract image and surprising I like it a lot. :D
Your descriptions always sounds wonderful and if I read it I can't believe you talk about my image.
WHEEEE...:D :smooch:
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MooseCall Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Your images are astounding and you have been growing by leaps and bounds since taking Janets classes. Your work was good even BEFORE that so you can only imagine! I wish I had the inate feel for it as you do! Your works inspire me.
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
>>Your works inspire me.<<
Thank you so much darling, I believe this is the best compliment what you can tell me. :D
And I'm happy if you think I have been growing since taking Janets classes. :hug:
I only can estimate it hardly. I know I've learnt a lot, but although I think it needs time
until the learnt in natural way flows into the own work.
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MooseCall Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
It is also hard, I think, to see personal growth within your own works because you are so close to it. I dont know that I really see any growth in mine, though others tell me Im getting better ??? I dunno. I enjoy it, thats all I know. I know my stuff isnt bad, but Im no Denise artist yet ;)
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
I can judge this even hard, because I like many of your images from the time before Janet's course.
I've looked your gallery once again and my impression is, they have become more wildly in the
expression, I mean this in the good way, they follow less certain orders like symmetry or harmony.
Your style has changed during the last weeks, but whether on grounds of the course or your personal
experiences I cannot say.
But I know that you have done your homework always in your own style and I find this very good.
Many of my homeworks are completely different than my present images, but this is due to the fact
that I must follow first of all Janets executions step by step to understand them really and to remind.
I read it, understand it and have forgotten it one minute later. I must do it, so that I can remind it.
And to be able to understand properly around it, I try to create a similar picture.
Do you know what I mean? I must learn the techniques with the help of her images and can move
them then only in my images.
That's why I was frustrated this week very much. I find all examples really good, but I could
understand none of it. I only could read it but not done. I have only already spent two days to create
a similar startlayer with this fucking Rose Range Lite formular. But I couldn't create a spiral with
these big round shapes. I always have too many loops, tapes, flourishes and such stuff. And with
it the example worked not well.
It was the same with the other examples. The examples work for me only with similar spirals,
so shapes which don't have so many flourishes. This lesson is absolutely useless for me at the
moment, because I only can read it but can't understand it. I hope this will changes later.
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MooseCall Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I think the changes in my style emerging now is because I am starting to feel more comfortable with UF, now that I am able to use it with intent more than just 'happy accidents' me is coming out more? It makes me happy to think I have a 'style.' Its hard for me to see that firsthand, proly cuz I am so close to my own works and I just let pieces move me a s they will and I do like to try to be different than the norm, to streatch the limits of myself and the program I am using. I am touched to hear you find good in my homework. I am always so uncertain. I look at what others create -- you, jackie, sue and I think wow. why cant -I- come up with things like THAT!! You guys blow Janet away and impress her and are on a totally different tier than the rest of us. ;) Im still floundering somewhere below you guys in skill. So to hear YOU say that you see good in what I do impresses me because I think that you are so much better....

I have to follow Janets instructions the same as you do...I always follow her examples, trying to use pieces or shapes that are almost identical to hers (as close as I can get them) so that I can fully absorb things. THEN I go back later and play with my own shapes and forumlas and often times it takes a LOT of trial and error to find something that even remotely works. I too get frustrated with it, because we are on a time frame to get things done and often the time that I can allot to homework is compressed into only one or two days. Granted, Ill have nearly all day those days but its all that I have and the rest of the week is shot so if I dont utilize that time, i wont get it done at all. And it takes me literally ALL DAY. Im talking hours upon hours and sometimes many tears because yeah...I struggle. Its not just you doll. Trust me on this.

If there is ANYTHING I can do to help you, please please please email me or note me here. Explain to me what it is that is confusing you, where you are having some of the issues and if I can help you to understand better I so will. I find sometimes going back to old pieces from our first course to get basic shapes helps me out a ton in finding spirals that mimic her examples. If you need or would like a start layer, dont hesitate to ask me...If I have one you need Ill gladly send it to you and shhhh our secret ok? No need to take that much time when time is so limited to find something that works. Please, I want to help and it hurts me to see you hurt and frustrated, I want to fix it and make it better if I can.
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
And here it is again: You give me in one breath laughter and tears Darling. (I'm fine hon :hug:)
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your offer and will make use
absolutely also of it. At the moment I am almost ready with all my homework.
In the summer break I will go once again trough all lessons and then I could
maybe need your help. After the end of the course I will do first of all a break
with UF, no spirals or other fractals for a week.
>>Im talking hours upon hours and sometimes many tears because
yeah...I struggle. Its not just you doll. Trust me on this.<<
This calms me hon, especially because of the tears. I have told nobody about
my tears because I thought, it is silly to cry about such things. It helps me to
know i'm not the only one...lol ....Many hugs and kisses Darling. :blowkiss:
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
Denise, this is so beatiful.. I love those greens and the golds, mixing and changing and creating the wonderful depth and glow in this image. Gorgeous lines and forms, fabulous lights and shadows and a very cool abstract look. Instant :+fav:
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denise-g Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
:smooch: Thank you so much hon, I always appreciate your comments and favs very much.
I'm really happy you like it. :D
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