[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:


It is forbidden to mock or ridicule creations/creators
Don't post too many steps regarding your work to avoid flooding of the topic.
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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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Yeah, oddly on my computer it was a red bay. But after saving and posting it looks almost black .default smiley :s No clue what happened.
its funsize
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Lighter hopefully? I'm not sure if it is just a difference in screen brightness or what but hopefully this one will work and not look like a shadow. default smiley xd
its funsize
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That does look much better!
dirksteinmann
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Thanks. default smiley :) Doesn't hold a candle to y'all but maybe I'll improve with practice. This one still needs a lot of work.
its funsize
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You'll certainly improve with practice. There'll be good days and bad days but don't ever give up.
dirksteinmann
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I was just trying to find a background for my Rehua. Wow he's difficult! Think it could be a good one for a custom project!
rowangreen
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Anyone know how big the helios ray formatting outline thing is? Or template that our work goes in whatever you call it lol. I can only use deviantartmuro and I want to make sure I don't create something too small or large.
jlmiller
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i feel like is 2006 x 840....
starynight
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*it is


english starynight pls
starynight
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Uhh...why do we not get results until July 26th this month?
bloodredarabian
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Nevermind, apparently that note has always been at the top of the page. Haha.
bloodredarabian
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I just got my two passes back, so that may be congrats to anyone who hasn't yet! Sort of relieved as I am not happy with what I submitted this month!
rowangreen
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Shame sikora's draft got through, but not the matching landscape! There were a lot of amazing landscapes this month, much better than last. Hope it will get through next month!
rowangreen
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My first proposal got through, I'm so excited. Unfortunately I didn't have time to get critique here because I started three hours before the deadline, I have huge procrastination issues default smiley :$
I've already fixed the dark lineart on the ears and added some more details and highlights to the eye, that I was going to resubmit if it didn't get through. Does anyone have any pointers, for anatomy and shading especially? I have trouble with anything more than very basic shading.

doodlebug
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I like it. It looks like a book illustration. I don't think you have to worry too much about the shading, it works as it is.

Jealous though, there's no way I could do that in 3 hours on computer! I have to re-draw everything about 10 times and it still comes out rough. Do you have a drawing tablet? I'm still using a mouse.

I'm thinking I might have to draw things on paper and copy onto computer until I can get a tablet.
rowangreen
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OK, ---- takes deep breath---- going to post mine from this month. I know it's rough, got to work on the legs, the cat, some of the lines need re-doing (again, they've been done about 50 times), want the mane to look more glossy, extend the cloth so the flowers can be bigger, etc etc....

Anyway, it's based on Doulton Lambeth pottery, including some incised illustrations by Hannah Barlow (over a hundred years old so it's well out of copyright... and most of the horse, the cloth, the cat and colouration is all mine. Colours and some lines from the pottery)

I might give up on this until I can get a tablet, as mouse plus dyspraxia is driving me to distraction! Would people like to see an improved version though? Or is it not worth working on?

rowangreen
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doodlebug wrote:

My first proposal got through, I'm so excited. Unfortunately I didn't have time to get critique here because I started three hours before the deadline, I have huge procrastination issues default smiley :$
I've already fixed the dark lineart on the ears and added some more details and highlights to the eye, that I was going to resubmit if it didn't get through. Does anyone have any pointers, for anatomy and shading especially? I have trouble with anything more than very basic shading.



I personally love the "basic" shading, its actually my favourite style default smiley :)
starynight
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RowanGreen wrote:

I like it. It looks like a book illustration. I don't think you have to worry too much about the shading, it works as it is.

Jealous though, there's no way I could do that in 3 hours on computer! I have to re-draw everything about 10 times and it still comes out rough. Do you have a drawing tablet? I'm still using a mouse.

I'm thinking I might have to draw things on paper and copy onto computer until I can get a tablet.


Thank you! I do use a drawing tablet, a wacom intuos pen and touch small. It really makes a difference default smiley :)

@Starynight
Thanks! Looking at all the painterly coats on here makes me want to do more
doodlebug
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RowanGreen: it looks good! The cat may be a little too small, it may disappear when you shrink down the coat later on. I would work on it some more :3
shishi no seirei
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Hi, guys... I'm new at drawing and I made some new stuff (but aint gonna use the bp in this version yet)
Some people told me that the horse looks too brawny (dont know how to describe it) or has the head too small... what do you think? What should I change on it?

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alaska
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Alaska: nothing wrong with brown horses, looks fine to me! And yes the head is a little too small. Otherwise it looks really good!
shishi no seirei
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@Shishi no Seirei how much do you think the size should be? Thanks for helping me by the way ^^
alaska
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censurer This message has been censored since it does not follow the forum rules.
*faints*

wow those are so stun default smiley (7)
starynight
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^^ from the main post for this topic.
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