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Gallery Folders Remix - Experimental Stage!

We have recently had several very lovely submissions of fractal art that have fallen outside of the original vision of keeping the colours here to monochrome, bi-chrome, or within the subtlety of  our original multi-chrome folders - in other words, generally muted.  After some discussion and lots of thought, I have now added two more gallery folders as an experiment:  


Please be aware though that we are not looking for highly complicated abstract art struck through with a huge variety of colours that jar or look gaudy.  The main aim of this group is to collect as near to Mono-chroma with its slight variations in hues, and variations in lightness and darkness as possible.  Earth tones are always safe to play with here, and so are the more pastel tones.  For the two new galleries, we can now accept the more bold colours that may include accents of bright red, bright yellow and so on which are to be found in certain monochrome gradients - but not straying too far from the outside limits of subtlety as mentioned in this journal.

If we find we get too many of the wrong sort of fractal art works submitted for these folders we will need to delete them again and put the existing works from them into our Favourites gallery.  As I say, this is an experiment at this stage ;)

Still Modifying And Making New Decision As We Go

This group has only just been opened recently, so welcome if you are starting out with us!  Please let me know if you experience any difficulties, or if there is anything you don't understand about the group's concept.  (It isn't that easy to explain! :lol:)

The name I've given the group doesn't appear on first sight to be all-inclusive.  However it actually is!  That's because "Mono" covers both Monotone and Monochrome, which is slightly different.  For a fuller description of the difference between Monotone and Monochrome see our About Us Section

Read on, and also please read the rules and the descriptions inside each gallery folder to see what you can submit :)

Why Mono, Bi-colour or Subtle Tones?

We nearly all love colourful art don't we?  I don't know about you, but often after looking through hundreds of beautiful works, I can find myself becoming overloaded with too many colours. So for me to find something very simple and in monotone, monochrome, or with shades of a base colour plus one other coloured object somewhere in the image comes as an enormous relief and it's something I want to explore here in this group.  Another gorgeous effect can be in using several subtly blended colours that bring an overall minimalist colour effect (organic or earth tones or pastel tones come to mind as an example, but there's more to it than that).

A Suggested Method To Find Your Gradient

A way to explore the kind of gradients you can get to make monotone or monochrome colouring is to open up a new page in Photoshop (or other editing program), flood fill it with a single colour, then using the Hue & Saturation tool make bands (via selection up and down the image) and play with the saturation slider, the brightness/darkness slider, and even the hue slider (only a tiny bit with that one), and you have the basis for the kind of gradients to be found in these categories.  Monotone (as you will see in the description at the link) is all one colour with only lighter or darker shades, whereas monochrome encompasses a fuller spectrum.  In just about all cases the spectrum can include black and white at either end of the brightness scale (if desired).

I've seen tremendous impact from some works where this method has been used, and would like to encourage you to submit your own works of this type here, or if you haven't already done so, to start to explore its  possibilities for yourselves and share the results with us.  I shall also be requesting works for this group whenever I see something I particularly love.

The rules are very simple and are always on the Home page.  Please submit to the Current Submissions Folder and we will then sort them out into their relevant folders as we go along.

I hope you will enjoy being part of this group!

Very best wishes to you all,

P.S.  The Favourites folder is only for Administrators to request other people's works to, and not open to everyone in the group.

Edited 1st December 2012
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krigl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Hi there, I like the idea of this group and the art shown and having had a few requests, which I consider an honour, I am thinking of joining. I'm a bit perplexed though about the new 'multicoloured and vibrant' folders which you have. It seems to me it makes your group like any other fractal group with a bit of quality control, like eg. abstractism, rather than a group dedicated to fractals made with restricted palettes, which is something different, intriguing and mind-focusing, and will also result in less in-box pressure. :D When I want to make a monochrome or similar fractal I could come here for inspiration, or just give my eyes a rest...

Not that I expect you to change things just for me, it's your group, but just giving some input - this seemed to me more like a participatory special interest club than an exposure-booster group - there are plenty of other general fractal groups with 500 members or whatever which one can join for that... :)
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   General Artist
Hi, your comment is very much appreciated and it's good that you feel able to speak out your thoughts on this matter.

To begin with we thought about keeping the colour-palate more limited and we put the brighter pictures into Favourites. However, considering the wide variety in vibrancy to be found in bi-chrome works, it became clear to us that we needed to experiment with having those two extra folders in the gallery too. As you will see though, the majority of accepted submissions are within the more subdued palate or are monochrome or bi-chrome. Not many submissions are made to the extra two folders, and sometimes we have turned submissions away from those if they have been full of clashing colours or are overall much too bright.

I do agree with you that I have concerns at seeing the more subdued palate against the brighter colours (except in bi-chrome), and we will have further discussions about this amongst our Admins. The possible result may be that we revert to putting the brighter multi-chrome pictures into our Favourites again.

As I say, those submissions are very few, it's mainly monochrome, bi-chrome or multi with subtle tones that we get in the gallery.

You would be very welcome to come and join us! Yes I know I do keep requesting your work - so does Chris! :lol: (I don't think either of us were particularly aware that you're not currently a member ;))
krigl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
:D Alright, I'll do it... :D
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
:thumbsup: :D
Chlodulfa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This was very informative! :bow:
I didn't know the difference between monochrome and monotone before.
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   General Artist
I'm glad it was helpful. I had to do a bit of research before I understood it properly too ;)
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This article is feature in my last journal : "This week in my MC #4" !
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
CopperColour Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I submitted something and it was accepted. :)
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   General Artist
That's great! :thumbsup: :)
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