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Skull Spiral by rockgem Skull Spiral by rockgem
fractal manipulation created using fractals rendered in apophysis and edited together using photoshop.

created for the #AllThingsFractal Halloween Challenge

also entered in *xgnycs Halloween contest

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Rawglor Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool. The eyes really work for creating expressions for them. And I really like the one that still has some eyes left, that seem to be burning up or something. Nice touch. Great job!
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rockgem Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: as they decreased in size and as i positioned them there was some slight distortion in some so it gives each one a more individual expression almost.
that one with the glowy part in the eyes i wanted to just add a hint of i dunno..almost like the skull was possessed or haunted or something :giggle: not to mention it gave the image more dimension and made it less flat for me
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Featured here: [link]
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: thankyou so very much for the feature
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wolfepaw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations, Gem, on getting Honorable Mention in the Halloween Contest. I thought this was an awesome piece, as was the Witches' Pantry and Halloween Moon! I would love to see a tutorial on how you create these beautiful manips! You are a master at these!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
and even more congratulations to you on your second place win :dance:
all i can say is photoshop is my friend and so is the random batch setting lol oh and a very good imagination! :faint: -i'm intending to try out a basic tutorial on say how i might make a pot of flowers or something soon :fingerscrossed:
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xgnyc Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:woohoo: Congratulations! :woohoo:
You're entry has received an Honorable Mention in XGNYC's Halloween & Samhain Contest 2011! :clap:
Please visit the Contest journal here... => [link]

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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:o it has? :faint: you know i sat down and more or less typed up the journal feature and didn't fully twig (says a lot really that before coffee i don't recognize my own art:doh:! )
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xgnyc Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! :giggle: I know the feeling.. most times I am not sure if I am coming or going.. Great work hon.. I love your work.. its so awesome and unique, don't ever stop.. you are the only person who creates that sort of art and that's an awesome thing!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that sounds like me on most days :faint:
glad you like my work still :hug: i've coaxed a couple of other people into trying out this style of working now so maybe it will catch on some :giggle:
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Leichenengel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy late Halloween :D This has been featured! [link] Please +FAV the Article to spread it so more people can see your work :pumpkin:
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much for featuring a piece of my work :hug:
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Leichenengel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:paranoid::pumpkin::paranoid:
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Awesome fractal. :clap:
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou for the compliment :aww:
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wolfepaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spook-tacular!! Another super manip! I love how you incorporate your flames into the final drawings. I guess, they're drawings. Do you use a tablet? Do you make the fractal with a particular shape or form in mind? I am always amazed at how you do these! Best of luck in the contests!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much for the compliments once again :aww:
very little of these is 'drawn' this one did use a little more as i emphasised the teeth etc using the dodge and burn tools in photoshop.
i usually dabble with random batches to get a vague shape what i can use for something and go from there
i do have a tablet but i don't use it very often of late and not at all on my fractal manipulations they're all done just using a mouse
when i get a little more time i shall whip up a basic tutorial on how i make say a basic flower arrangement in this sort of style and see if that helps anyone any :giggle:

thankyou for the luck there are so many astounding entries i know i am going to need it :fingerscrossed:
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Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
:iconfaintsplz:
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: glad you like this one ui'm planning on working up a second one similar to this (if i can) more with the theme of those decorated candy skulls that you get for the mexican day of the dead sort of thing - we shall see its only a half-idea i'm playing with at present
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Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
You are very creative, Gem.
I will be looking forward to seeing it. :nod:
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well this creative thing keeps me out of mischief ( to an extent) at least :giggle: i'm a bit irked with myself atm - i left my USB with all my WIP's at my friend's house this morning so i've been unable to get to grips with any of the ideas i have in my head atm - i've just jotted notes and doodles and will try tackle them Wednesday
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Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Oh oh, that sounds like you may have to go get
your USB...:D
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well i also discovered that with it i left my phone :doh: i so fail at times rather than me head over i shall politely ask the boyfriend to grab it for me on his way over tomorrow he's closer and would head here anyways
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quaddie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thats funky Gem :)...
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou for the compliment was getting into the spirit of things for halloween and all that :skull:
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quaddie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
:evillaugh:...works for me..
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:pumpkin:
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quaddie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
:)
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xgnyc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow this is awesome too! I have no idea which I like better! :heart: Sorry for the late reply to your entry note...I thought I already commented and entered it.. :stupidme:
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: thankyou for the compliment on this one :la: i've jsut taken a peek at all the other entries and they are so wonderful - i love the haunted house looking one in there :heart:
i'm avoiding looking at the literature entries until the contest closes that way all of them will get an equal chance - i think this year looking at things the entries are of a higher standard than ever before :faint: now i know why you let other people judge :giggle:

its ok we all miss things and you've probably been flooded with notes :spam: for entries etc :hug:
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xgnyc Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I know they look very amazing this year.. but I feel that way every year.. and yes.. too much for me to handle as a judge.. though in the past few years I have had to cover for emergency situations anyway.. :nod: We shall see what happens.. I have read the Lit entries.. they are great too! ;)
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i haven't read the lit yet i'm saving it until all the entries are in and the contest is closed looking forwards to it to be fair :eager:
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heatstroke99 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is soo cool! I love it!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so very much for the compliment :aww:
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply wonderful! Good luck in the challenge. I think you have it in the bag.
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much for the compliment and the vote of confidence there :aww: i surprised myself as to how this one turned out - i was in two minds about it for a while when piecing it all together then all of a sudden it was like the light came on and it worked :dance:
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah . . . that is awesome! :nod:
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so very much for the compliment :aww: guess its perfect for the halloween mood :giggle:
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is :nod:
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome cool!!!
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much for the compliment :aww:
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brokenhalophotos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
really cool :)

Andy
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so very much for the compliment :aww: :pumpkin:
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oblivionhaze Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
wow. This ones amazing :hug:
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much for the compliment :aww: i was having some issues with photoshop and lost a whole mess of works in progress i was just delighted this Halloween-ish one was one of the ones that DID save right
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oblivionhaze Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
I just read about it. That can be annoying. Maybe its a sign from Minerva * Revert to traditional art * *Computer is an embodiment lucifer*... I couldnt hear/ process the last bit. My internet scrambled it out . Good luck
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rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it can be very much so annoying! :shakefish: but i'm back on track and i think it serves me right for working with so many layers in such large file sizes :giggle:
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oblivionhaze Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Oh yep. Thats there. My fractals were all teeny D:
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:iconrockgem:
rockgem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well they start off small fractals for me but when i start piecing them together they can get a little out of control at the moment i've been working on some more figures :faint: hopefully they will get uploaded sooner or later today :faint:
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oblivionhaze Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Oh true. You piece em together soo well, they tell a story :hug: I love one with keys you have. Its not fractal art, but I remember seeing it. A person holding a bunch of twirling keys. The imagery somehow stayed in me head :) You do art, I fave em, the cosmic conundrum \m/ wheeee
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