[Updated] 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:


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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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By Retired breeder, 27th October 2017 15:09:33
Thanks Howrse!

Quick question regarding landscapes: I've taken some beautiful photographs before. Is it okay for me to base my drawings off of these? I'm not going to merely edit a picture to make it look drawn, of course!
Retired breeder wrote:

Thanks Howrse!

Quick question regarding landscapes: I've taken some beautiful photographs before. Is it okay for me to base my drawings off of these? I'm not going to merely edit a picture to make it look drawn, of course!

It is okay to use pictures as references, but always make sure you have permission of the owner of the pictures before you use them. Since you made the photographs yourself, it is perfectly alright!
dcs
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Forgot to share (I think)

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enjoy high resolution and all mistakes I have done in this one default smiley (lol)
Colours will be changed.
shishi no seirei
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By Retired breeder, 30th October 2017 16:56:02
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I have a question about programs. What programs are the best to use that is compatible with Howrse and is free or really cheap? (I know hard to find something that's good but also free too. But it's worth a shot)
Retired breeder wrote:

I have a question about programs. What programs are the best to use that is compatible with Howrse and is free or really cheap? (I know hard to find something that's good but also free too. But it's worth a shot)


Krita
GIMP
Fire Alpaca
Medibang Pro

(those are all free programs)

Then we have Paintstorm studio (I use it sometimes) that is really REALLY cheap,and have nice, paintery painting style. default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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How can I improve this? (I accidentally blended it with the wet brush too much, I'm also afraid that the proportions arent correct, this is not the finished result but can I get some critique?
Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo
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Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo wrote:




How can I improve this? (I accidentally blended it with the wet brush too much, I'm also afraid that the proportions arent correct, this is not the finished result but can I get some critique?


Yep,too much wet brush here,but easily fixed. Just take hard brush (I take it you use paintstrom studio?), low opacity,and shadows/light in areas where either shadows or light are this soft.

You have pretty good understanding of where shadows and light goes, at least to my unexperienced eyes XD Here,redlined for yadefault smiley :)

(you can ignore the head-redlines if you are making a donkey, and ignore the blue colour that is harsh/sharp shadows XD)
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shishi no seirei
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I use Krita, and I wasn't concerned about the shadows, thats the last thing I will add, I was scared that the proportions wouldn't be correct thank you though, its really kind of you to help me default smiley :)
Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo
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Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo wrote:

I use Krita, and I wasn't concerned about the shadows, thats the last thing I will add, I was scared that the proportions wouldn't be correct thank you though, its really kind of you to help me default smiley :)


Yw default smiley :)

Ah! So far so good,I like your style default smiley :) Looks really cute!
shishi no seirei
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Quick question about the templates, does your art have to be within the black lines? Or can your art just have to fit within a 400 X 400 format?

Also anyone have any suggestions? I dont know if I will be changing it or just work on a different wip.
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Quick Question-
If I buy the black pearl now, does that mean I have to use it right when I buy it? (like you have to do with the HoP)
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sherbet119 wrote:

Quick Question-
If I buy the black pearl now, does that mean I have to use it right when I buy it? (like you have to do with the HoP)


Its impossible to buy black pearl and stock it in inventory. Black Pearl works more like a window; when it opens, you can send items through the window to the other side, as far you can pay for it. When it closes, you cant send in items anymore.
shishi no seirei
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OK! Thanks for the answer. I figured that was probably the case.
sherbet119
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horselover19900 wrote:

does your art have to be within the black lines? Or can your art just have to fit within a 400 X 400 format?

You have to keep the grey-black outside border of the official template on the picture. And the picture needs to be inside those borders. Also, make sure not to change anything about those borders, putting them at the top layer should work best for that. default smiley :)
starkitty
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oh does anyone know what the size of the shape inside the border is then? im on a tricky program to resize my art on lol.
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horselover19900
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I decided to abandon the other sketch for now and to start working on this one, however I'd like to mention that this isnt the final coloring, I'd like some criticism if possible

thank you default smiley (a)
Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo
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By Retired breeder, 21st November 2017 14:21:00
I can't seem to download things. I'm on a Acer Chromebook. Does anyone know of a google play app that might work?
I have drawed my first horse! What do u guys think?

xamanjique
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And I drawed an another one!
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Can anyone clarify, would I be able to base a coat off a fictional horse? Such as one from a video game?
s_gamer96
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S_Gamer96 wrote:

Can anyone clarify, would I be able to base a coat off a fictional horse? Such as one from a video game?


unless you have permission from the artist, I would think that would come under the no plagiarism rule.
minkthepink
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S_Gamer96 wrote:

Can anyone clarify, would I be able to base a coat off a fictional horse? Such as one from a video game?


It says on the Black Pearl page; "The drawing must not be fan art (fan art is a creation that takes inspiration from a movie, cartoon or manga representing or referring to a character created by another person)" so I figure that's a no?
sɴᴏᴡ❄ᴡʜɪᴛᴇ
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S_Gamer96 wrote:

Can anyone clarify, would I be able to base a coat off a fictional horse? Such as one from a video game?


No you cant. Breaks cophyright and ends up under the cathegory of fanart,with is not allowed.
shishi no seirei
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Does it cost 10 passes to send a coat/ladnscape through? I'm a bit confused on that...
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