Life seriously sucks at the moment. My grandfather had a mild heart attack a few weeks ago, it was scary but we were expecting a fairly quick recovery. Tests showed some blockages around his heart so he had to have triple bypass surgery. Ok. My grandfather also has rheumatoid arthritis, and has been taking medications for years that have damaged his immune system. The surgery went well, he seemed to be doing alright, but now he's developed a rare infection, nocardiosis. We've been informed that he will need to spend 6 months to a year in hospital while they attempt to treat the infection, but his chances of survival are <20%. He's in Florida right now but is being sent back home (Ontario) by air ambulance asap. I'm very close to my grandparents so it's been very upsetting, but we're definitely not giving up hope. I am an atheist but I'm praying anyway, it can't hurt.
The idea for this project came when I was browsing the Fractal Resources category here on deviantArt and noticed a complete lack of good resources for Ultra Fractal users. The purpose of this unofficial project is to encourage our community to share parameters and other UF resources here on dA to support our fellow UF artists. Participating is very simple, all you have to do is upload your Ultra Fractal resources and make sure you mention the UF Resources Project in your deviation description to make your work easier to find. I think this project could go a long way in generating more community spirit among UF users if enough people participate. Even if you don't have any resources to offer, just spreading the word would help a lot too. Frankly I'm sick of seeing talented UF artists completely overshadowed by those other guys. We need to speak up more and support one another to show everyone that there's more than one way to make great fractal art. I'll be watching the gallery and will make a special collection of UF resources to keep track of them and feature them where I can. Something like this should force me to be a bit more active in the community myself.
To kick this project off I've made a sort of mini tutorial and parameter set to illustrate the use of vignette layers in Ultra Fractal work. It's a technique that I use in my own work all the time and I'm sure some people will find it handy. You can view it on my long-dormant stock account here:
I'm also working on a stamp and plan to write a news article about UF Resources as soon as I can. I know we have a good (but quiet!) UF community around here and I hope some of you will support me on this.