[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

The Black Pearl

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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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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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It's only just occurred to me that I wont be able to submit until December this year. I reach 150 days on November 15th which is 9 days after the Black pearl closes. More time to practice and make more coats!
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Shishi,
I was saying there are much less drafties and donks in game due to bred restrictions comparing to normal horses and ponies, so there is less need for coats for them, not that they can't be used as item holder. Not everyone is GA collector, not everyone even bred/own them, so they don't need those fancy coats. Hopefully I explained what I meant, my limited vocabulary is annoying.

Please no, drawing thicker legs isn't hard or you can call me a god. I'm equine-only artist, whose 90% of art show warmblood horses, yet I can without bigger problems drew akhal-tekes that looks like akhal-tekes and drafts that looks like drafts (without copying photos, without even looking at them). Yeah, my art isn't realistic-like-photo-with-perfect-anatomy-and-proportions quality, but still you can easily recognize what kind of horse it represents. Manipulating with thickness or size of some body parts of the mastered animal isn't that hard, especially with help of reference photos. Wings are challenge, I agree. But making head less triangular or eyes smaller? Naah. It's more like people draw only their favourite breeds and don't bother trying anything else (which is perfectly ok, everyone have their own tastes).


Anyway, preparing for September:
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Something different than donkey, but I've already submitted one slim surprise for this month voting in riding horse category, time for something heavier:
barbara von danzig
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Barbara von Danzig wrote:

Shishi,
I was saying there are much less drafties and donks in game due to bred restrictions comparing to normal horses and ponies, so there is less need for coats for them, not that they can't be used as item holder. Not everyone is GA collector, not everyone even bred/own them, so they don't need those fancy coats. Hopefully I explained what I meant, my limited vocabulary is annoying.

Please no, drawing thicker legs isn't hard or you can call me a god. I'm equine-only artist, whose 90% of art show warmblood horses, yet I can without bigger problems drew akhal-tekes that looks like akhal-tekes and drafts that looks like drafts (without copying photos, without even looking at them). Yeah, my art isn't realistic-like-photo-with-perfect-anatomy-and-proportions quality, but still you can easily recognize what kind of horse it represents. Manipulating with thickness or size of some body parts of the mastered animal isn't that hard, especially with help of reference photos. Wings are challenge, I agree. But making head less triangular or eyes smaller? Naah. It's more like people draw only their favourite breeds and don't bother trying anything else (which is perfectly ok, everyone have their own tastes).


Anyway, preparing for September:
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Something different than donkey, but I've already submitted one slim surprise for this month voting in riding horse category, time for something heavier:


I understand what you meant. I respect your view on this even if I dont agree with itdefault smiley :)


I love your pegasus <3 Really like the coat color you picked default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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jdean wrote:

I've been reporting that wolf and also the reindeer that someone keeps putting in for months now and yet they still keep coming.


I was wondering if those types of creations are even allowed... I haven't reported them because I wasn't sure which category would classify it as abusive.
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Continuing about challenging wings - I went onto Howrse homepage and saw Hippogryff divine and its wings default smiley xd really believable, with very correct anatomy default smiley :p
barbara von danzig
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damnnnn they stun
starynight
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szynszlya I report ones that are other animals by using the 'does not respect the rules of the black pearl' listing.
jdean
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@jdean
Thanks, I just got another fox like thing in the draft category
szynszyla
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Anyone know if pixel art is allowed to be submitted to the Black Pearl? My current project is pixel art and I'm curious whether I can submit it when I'm able to.

dirksteinmann
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I wont post too many updates but here's update #1

dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

Anyone know if pixel art is allowed to be submitted to the Black Pearl? My current project is pixel art and I'm curious whether I can submit it when I'm able to.



As far as I know pixel art is not allowed.
Ey your horsey head looks pretty good!default smiley (y)
shishi no seirei
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Still a lot to do ith this one (light is not finished, then I need to fix some anatomy stuff), and make the mane and tail. After that I will go crazy with colours. default smiley (8)
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

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nuuuuu leave it as grey or add spots
starynight
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Starynight,I will be adding sooty gene on this one XD It will be SUPER sparkly default smiley (6)
shishi no seirei
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@Shishi looks great! What kind of layer settings do you use for coloring in a grayscale drawing?
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

Starynight,I will be adding sooty gene on this one XD It will be SUPER sparkly default smiley (6)


Oooo ive just googled that, looks pretty
starynight
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doodlebug wrote:

@Shishi looks great! What kind of layer settings do you use for coloring in a grayscale drawing?


First layer is set to normal, the shadow layer is on multiply and the light is set to luminosity (working in SAI right now). In Photoshop, use the layer Linear Dodge default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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September coat for winged unis, bay going grey with golden elements

refs from venomxbaby.deviantart.com
sikora
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Sikora wrote:

September coat for winged unis, bay going grey with golden elements

refs from venomxbaby.deviantart.com



omg omg omg default smiley (7)
starynight
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@Shishi thank you very much!
doodlebug
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How is this for a GA? It's my first try, so, please don't laugh!

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Horsecrazy15 wrote:

How is this for a GA? It's my first try, so, please don't laugh!


I sort of like it, it's quirky, but it's a long way off a GA standard yet. I was wondering, do you know the differences between different types of horse? I'd suggest trying to draw two different breeds: Arab and Percheron might be two good ones to start with. Even if you go for a cartoon style you need to be able to draw with an awareness of different head shapes, ways they carry the tail, relative thickness of different parts of the body etc. Pay attention to the hooves, eyes, ears and nostrils. If you want it to be a cartoon, look at lots of cartoon pictures of horses and see how they've drawn those bits. Expect to take hours on a drawing (even a cartoon at first).

Also for a GA the background should be transparent!
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horsecrazy15
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Any one know of a website that can make backgrounds transparent?
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Horsecrazy15 wrote:

How is this for a GA? It's my first try, so, please don't laugh!


Sadly I can't see the image, but RowanGreen gave good advice! I don't know of any websites that can make backgrounds transparent, a google search may help you there, but if you work in photoshop or gimp (which is free) there is a way to work on a transparent canvas from the beginning.
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