[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

The Black Pearl

You need at least 150 days of seniority and 5 karma points to use the Black Pearl.

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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Krita is pretty good at removing backgrounds. It has a magic wand tool that you can select entire background area (for example if your coat has been drawn on while canvas and you want to get rid of it, you can select the while area only), and has pretty good adjustment settings to manipulate the selection area. The program can save images in PNG format so if its for a GA coat you need to remove the said background, Krita will do that job well.

And said program is completely free too default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Anyone from the servers that are ahead of this server know what donkey coats were accepted?default smiley :)
szynszyla
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Made something simple

dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

Made something simple



LOL!

Did take me a moment to get it. I guess you are probably planning on doing this already: but I'd expect the seaweed band to be dark green/mottled/shiny.
rowangreen
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

Made something simple



Sushi horse default smiley xd Its great! Simple yet effective!

You may want to darken the shadow on the rise since its way too bright (it may end up disappearing completely when you send it in), but otherwise it looks fantastic default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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I'm glad you both like it. default smiley :)



How about this?
dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

I'm glad you both like it. default smiley :)



How about this?


So cute default smiley (7)
starynight
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rowangreen
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Cute! Love how you did the rice. I should get moving on my submissions for next month default smiley (lol)
doodlebug
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Looks much better now default smiley :d
shishi no seirei
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szynszyla wrote:

Anyone from the servers that are ahead of this server know what donkey coats were accepted?default smiley :)


We can check now if our creations are accepted. My donkey is one of the winners:

barbara von danzig
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I'm not surprised, he's a gorgeous donkey!
dirksteinmann
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Well done! My passes are back, so failed again! LOL
rowangreen
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Drafty Mesa made it through and joined Szałwia, so I should make a new background. Especially because this round HR cathegory was poor. default smiley :(
It will go with my donkey, which didn't have as much luck as the bg, unfortunately. Jenny will fight in September with her personalised beach! Own references used.
sikora
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starynight
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Does anyone know if Contact Us would be able to answer why a creation of mine says it does not meet the criteria? I've submitted the same coat for probably two years now and have never gotten that notification next to its red X, and I'm curious what I need to fix before next month.
bloodredarabian
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@bloodredarabian - On my previous account, I remember someone using Contact Us to ask why their coat didn't meet the requirements and they did get a response. Wont hurt to ask. default smiley :)
dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

@bloodredarabian - On my previous account, I remember someone using Contact Us to ask why their coat didn't meet the requirements and they did get a response. Wont hurt to ask. default smiley :)

Thanks! I'll do that then.
bloodredarabian
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Hey, does somebody know can I see that who use some coat? I would like to know 7 horses that have Ocean Unicorn coat. So is it possible to see horses?default smiley *-)
matu
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Preparing for the next months default smiley :) Opinien? Or some idea to make it look better? default smiley :)
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tilaart
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bloodredarabian wrote:

Thanks! I'll do that then.

Say if they give you answer why. On pl server contact me doesn't want to help and people with artworks fine with CS rules do not know what did they do wrong. Horses without inapropriate content, with good quality, size, no background, etc. have been blocked due to not satisfying the GA requirements.

TilaArt wrote:

Opinien? Or some idea to make it look better? default smiley :)

It's a bit dark, after resizing and altering by game for voting purposes it may become a black spot. :/ That's a big problem when submitting dark coats. Also eyes seem to be a bit to much "forward" if you know what I mean. Horses have eyes on sides, unlike humans, dogs, cats, etc. Im curious how you are going to finish this coat, because it looks still a bit rough, but can be quite nice uni coat.

Matu wrote:

Hey, does somebody know can I see that who use some coat? I would like to know 7 horses that have Ocean Unicorn coat. So is it possible to see horses?default smiley *-)

I don't think you can. You may try searching by name in the directories, but that usually doesn't help much. Not many people name their horses after the coat title.
sikora
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By Retired breeder, 28th August 2018 22:03:17
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@TalaArt It’s gorgeous! Maybe you could make it a little lighter, so you can appreciate the details a little more. I can’t wait till I have enough seniority to enter some coats. I already made a few. default smiley xd
So I found this gem in my archives:

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And I'm questioning whether it would be okay to send in or not? The lineart was someone else's, and knowing me I read their rules thoroughly to know howrse is included in the free license (I could double-check) but is it okay to pull the coat colors from an image like this?
darkflameoracle
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censurer This message has been censored since it does not follow the forum rules.
Please remember that this topic is for getting help with work in progress or with how the BP works etc and players are not allowed to post work already submitted as that's effectively advertising it before voting starts. As per the original post, there are plenty of other ways to get your work seen default smiley :)
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