Creative Space - Black Pearl Clarification

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We'd like to clarify a few things concerning the proposals for the Creative Space. We've had the time to see how things went and made some changes along with some additional advice.

For the Horses, Pegasus, Unicorns, Donkeys, and Ponies.


Using shadows in your creations:


We are probably going to add them ourselves in the future to have something that has the right perspective on the backgrounds, and that has a uniform texture across the coats.

You can use shadowing, but we ask that you keep them very light so that the images will fit with most Helios Ray backgrounds.

Cut out your edges more.


When we place the coats on a dark background in a lot of cases, there are stray light colored pixels all around the drawing. This makes it impossible to use on a dark background.
Tip Please take the time to take a look at your coat on a white and on a black background, in order to get rid of any leftover smudges or pixels. Also, look a little further away on just the outline. Often the coats have a smudge around the corners or along the border of the image.

Use the smudge or blur tool sparingly.


It's a pity to see a coat that has been worked on then filtered with a blur filter, and it comes out all smudgy. It's also a pity to see a coat with smudge marks on one side and not the other.

Be careful when playing around with reformatting an image.


Sometimes we get perfectly nice drawings of Sausage horses because the file has been altered, and the horse has been squashed or pulled in another direction.
This might be a great way of transforming an Irish setter into a Teckel, but it isn't very pretty on horses. Also, avoid making your resolution too low and giving the picture a pixel art look

Backgrounds


Using brushes is allowed.


They can be used as well, but we'd like to also remind you of the Black Pearl page information as seen in the quote below.

“Excess airbrushing is not allowed”. It is allowed but not too much!"

We have received tons of entries like this and have been very cool about it up until now. However, seeing the same tree used 4 times in different backgrounds is starting to get a little old.

From here on out, we'll start to be a bit more strict about this type of thing. This is due to the fact that it's unfair and the aim of the Creative Space is to work things with your own hands, not make photo manipulations. The same thing goes for photos or bits of photos.

Painting, blurring or smudging landscape pictures.


Moving forward, we'll simply remove the right to propose any creations to the Creation space forever for those who do try to do this.

Check the perspectives.


When you make a background, please consider that there has to be something for the horse to put his feet on. It's quite strange the have a picture with a nice pond in the background and the horse is floating in the middle of it in thin air.

The same goes for outer space and clouds etc. Just try and make the backgrounds usable for everyone, not just the Pegasus. Also, make sure that the horses won't look like giants in the middle of a forest when you decide to draw trees or other items.

Rules


Plagiarism is forbidden!
Respect the author's rights: we do not steal images off of the Internet; we do not trace photos; we do not use the basis of someone else if they have not given their authorization, preferably publicly.

What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is taking someone else's work and passing them off as your own.

We can take inspiration from a style, a movement, a mane or a coat without copy-pasting it. It’s the same idea for literature, graphic arts, video games or cinema - there is often inspiration taken from another creation. Inspiration is imbued with another creation in order to interpret it and create something new! Copying is recreating identically. Copying is not having a style or a vision of your own. Try to have the imagination and bring your unique personality to your creations.

Please also note that any cheating can get you excluded from proposing any artwork to the Creative Space forever and/or be followed by sanctions.

Otherwise, all the usual rules still apply.

Before posting:


It is forbidden to mock or ridicule creations/creators
Don't post too many steps regarding your work to avoid flooding of the topic.
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ASK FOR VOTES!

You are welcome to promote your creations or creations you voted for using #HowrseBP on social media or promote your creations on your profile page.

This topic can be used to help each other understand the Black Pearl rules with respect to your creative content.

Players who do not follow the rules are exposed to sanctions.

Regards
The Howrse team
 
cailow
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Why wouldn't one of my creations be showing up on the voting pages?
hawaii time
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Hawaii Time wrote:

I enter a golden apple creation this month and have not seen her throughout the entire voting time. What does this mean? I submitted of a golden palomino arab with her head lowered and looking up at you. My 4 kids that play howrse too, have not seen her either. All of my other creations have been popping up for voting just fine.

Thank you for any help you can give concerning this question.


It's all random, it could mean nothing... I have not seen mine either but she's there. If you click the button at the bottom of the voting page that says "see all drawings eligible for voting" and sort to what type of coat you submitted, it should be on one of those pages depending on what time you submitted. If you submitted as soon as the black pearl opened it'll be on the first page of your category, if you submitted last minute it'll be on the last page. If it's not there it didn't go through default smiley :)
doodlebug
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Thank you, I really appreciate your help.
tnttanis
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I had a coat entered and while it didn't get through, it said it didn't meet the criteria. I'm going to assume it was because of the shading (it was light shading but i guess not light enough) which was easily fixable (I removed the shading completely), but i have another WIP coat that has shading and it looks weird without it...

In the criteria it says light shading is allowed so what is a good level of shading to use in order to not get told that it doesn't meet criteria?
leibling
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oh wait nevermind, I was reading the wrong thing
leibling
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Leibling wrote:

I had a coat entered and while it didn't get through, it said it didn't meet the criteria. I'm going to assume it was because of the shading (it was light shading but i guess not light enough) which was easily fixable (I removed the shading completely), but i have another WIP coat that has shading and it looks weird without it...

In the criteria it says light shading is allowed so what is a good level of shading to use in order to not get told that it doesn't meet criteria?


Can you show me the coat that didn't meet the criteria? You can send me a link through PM.
shishi no seirei
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What kind of website/software do you guys use to make GAs with?
catgirlmeow321
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catgirlmeow321 wrote:

What kind of website/software do you guys use to make GAs with?

I used to use Gimp but now i use Krita
leibling
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catgirlmeow321 wrote:

What kind of website/software do you guys use to make GAs with?


I use Sai but Photoshop is really good
starynight
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catgirlmeow321 wrote:

What kind of website/software do you guys use to make GAs with?

I use Photoshop CS6 with a Wacom pen and touch tablet default smiley :)
doodlebug
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This is my first time trying to upload a coat. I keep getting the error message saying it doesn't fit the requirements for image file type. It is in png format, using the 400x400 template. The file size is far below the allotted file size. I don't understand what the issue could be. Any help is appreciated.
its funsize
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Never mind. I fixed it! default smiley :d
its funsize
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My first coat

I have never done a coat before and using gimp proved difficult. I wish I had photoshop. default smiley xd
its funsize
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Its Funsize wrote:

My first coat

I have never done a coat before and using gimp proved difficult. I wish I had photoshop. default smiley xd

GIMP is a very good program as well, it's a pity that people have a very low regard for it. I create my coats and photomanipulations for many years using GIMP and for me it's the easiest and free way to create art.. it's just that you need to have the right knowledge and practise to use this program.
I create all my art, from coats, photomanipulations to avatars with GIMP and i never had any problems with it.
You need practise, some advice from other artists but the important milestone is to teach yourself, try out new ways and styles on your art.

Photoshop is equally difficult when you first start doing art. So in my opinion GIMP may not be the best but is the easiest program for beginners.
aℓina
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Thanks. default smiley :) I have used Photoshop in the past so I know how to use it. Gimp is harder for me to understand. How do uou think I could improve the coat pictured?
its funsize
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Its Funsize wrote:

Thanks. default smiley :) I have used Photoshop in the past so I know how to use it. Gimp is harder for me to understand. How do uou think I could improve the coat pictured?


I like the way you've got the shineyness and shadow on the brown bits of the horse, but it needs to carry onto the white bits too. White patches can appear grey or other colours too according to the light. I've heard it said that a graphic artist never uses pure white! I think that was more to do with lettering... but it's a thing to think about!

The nose looks a bit long, and the feet need work. Have a look at some pictures of hooves and fetlocks (the bits above the hooves) to see how they are shaped. They are hard! I've got to work on mine on my pic... It's so tempting just to hide them in some grass LOL. But that would really limit what backgrounds it can go on.
rowangreen
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Thank you! Yes, unfortunately my horse feet have always lacked quite a bit. default smiley (lol) I used to sketch and I was amazing with hair and horrible with feet. default smiley xd I think that still applies. default smiley :p
its funsize
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Rodwan is right, a graphic designer/ artist never uses pure white! Here are some reasons why;

* hard to shade
*looks too off
* is blinding. There is no website (at least serious ones) that uses pure white. Tones web designers use are usually either grey, or super light creme or blue and so on, and always lean toward the grey scale.
* pure white does not exist in the animal world. There are,however,super-light grey tones that look like white!

and a lot more default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Here's what I'm working on. I'm never going to be as neat as Shishi etc, so I decided to go deliberately messy! It is in progress though: the head is done I think, except for the ears, but will be doing a lot more to define the mane, tail and legs (grrrr, legs....)

Do you like it so far?

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rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

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Naww come one,you are progressing well! default smiley :) Besides messy is not bad. this is how some of my coats look like when they are in the early stages:
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I find your coats adorable. And even if coats look messy on big canvas,they usually look better when you shrink them down default smiley (6)

Just take harder brush with lower opacity, and go over the coat to refine it (use color picker to blend your colors) and soon you will have a smooth and nice coat default smiley :) Just dont overdo the smoothness XD
shishi no seirei
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Ah, but I'm not planning on smoothing it, lol

Maybe I'll end up changing my mind. Or I'm going to have to do a matching background. I'm thinking rhododendrons and a folly in the style of a Greek temple. (Inspired by Portmeirion: not many of the photos show it, but they have amazing forests of them there)
rowangreen
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Thanks for your help! I haven't ever started from scratch designing. I've only used Photoshop to edit photos so I'm anything but a graphic designer. default smiley (lol) I'll certainly play around with it and see what I learn. default smiley :)
its funsize
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I'm new-ish to this coat making thing... Any suggestions? default smiley :) I don't have the tablet thing and I use autodesk sketchbook default smiley :)
sunshinemonster
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Bloomin eckers, I just got mine in with about 20 seconds to spare! Last minute fiddling with the tail, and suddenly realised I had 10 minutes left to get it in the template, resized, checked.... I'm not happy with said tail lol, but glad I got it in. I had a similar scramble last month and didn't make it!
rowangreen
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Wish I had time for one this month, but sadly not default smiley :( Looking forward to seeing all the submissions though!

RowanGreen wrote:

Here's what I'm working on. I'm never going to be as neat as Shishi etc, so I decided to go deliberately messy! It is in progress though: the head is done I think, except for the ears, but will be doing a lot more to define the mane, tail and legs (grrrr, legs....)

Do you like it so far?

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I'd check out some "horse galloping" images and some horse skeletons, in this position the knees bend a little bit more. Shorten the tibia, as the left hind leg looks longer than the right hind leg. Tone the hindquarter muscles a bit. I'd say you're on your way to a great illustration, I love how you rendered the face default smiley (y)
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