[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.
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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Bit late doodlebug! But thanks!default smiley ;)

I did make a few of the changes you suggested anyway. The leg positions were actually based on a photo believe it or not, though I did go through hundreds to find one anywhere close to what I'd put in my original sketch, so I doubt it's normal gait! Don't think it's come across, but I was imagining a horse playing around a bit, doing stops and swerves and stuff. The photo was of a horse in snow, so probably was playing a bit.

Can't post the finished version of course, but I put it in the pony category, and I expect it's last! I've not looked in the listings, but I've checked it did go through. I think it shows how last second it was that I intended to call it 'Freestyle' and it's actually gone up as 'jFreestyle' default smiley xd

Shishi, have to say, yours is not a rough, messy sketch. It has lines in the right places. It even has well-drawn fetlocks!!! This is a rough sketch:

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It has come on a bit! LOL
rowangreen
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When submitting a coat for the first time ( I plan to next month ) Is there any tips or important things I should know? You guys are all talented and I'm sure there's probably a few things I don't know. default smiley (lol)

Thank you !default smiley (l)
Ɗємoηѕ
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RowanGreen wrote:

through


Found it! It does look a lot better. I realized after posting that it had been a while since you asked default smiley (lol)
My first coat was submitted about 3 minutes before closing, so I completely get the last minute thing haha

Ɗємoηѕ wrote:

When submitting a coat for the first time ( I plan to next month ) Is there any tips or important things I should know? You guys are all talented and I'm sure there's probably a few things I don't know. default smiley (lol)

Thank you !default smiley (l)


Make sure the background is transparent, if I remember correctly on the creation page it gives you a preview so you can know 100% sure if your drawing looks alright. If your coat is a dark color, edit your final image to be a little lighter than you want it, the game darkens darker coats slightly.

And if you want, post your progress here, there are some really talented people who have a good eye for critique! default smiley ^)
doodlebug
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Thank you! I’ll post it later when I get on my laptop, I’m not very good though I guess that’s okay because it’s a first attempt XD but you all are so amazing at your work, everything posted in here is beautiful default smiley (l)
Ɗємoηѕ
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I will be posting some WIPs as well,soon.
aℓina
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Here it is! I have no idea which version looks better, or if they all look bad default smiley xd I still have a few things I want to fix but here it is so far, obviously without the blue line and text. Credit is on the image and is allowed to be used on howrse. default smiley :)
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Ɗємoηѕ
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Ɗємoηѕ wrote:

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I like the second one, because the shading is more visible and refined.
Great work!default smiley (y)
aℓina
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Aℓina wrote:


I like the second one, because the shading is more visible and refined.
Great work!default smiley (y)


Thank you!default smiley (l)
Ɗємoηѕ
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If I take pictures and then photoshop those pics, maybe paint over them a bit, will it be an acceptable entry?
roy rogers
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Roy Rogers wrote:

If I take pictures and then photoshop those pics, maybe paint over them a bit, will it be an acceptable entry?


According to the rules, there are no photographs allowed, and this would also fall under copyright (theft) issues default smiley :(
doodlebug
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Roy ROgers: Painting over pictures, manipulating them mm (even when they are your own) are not allowed. THe creation must be drawn with a pencil,brush (digital or traditional,the choice is yours).

You can use your pictures as references for pose,colour mm.
shishi no seirei
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OK, thanks!
(I'm getting started on a photo program, and thought this might be a great way to play around with it)
roy rogers
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Roy Rogers wrote:

OK, thanks!
(I'm getting started on a photo program, and thought this might be a great way to play around with it)


you could do that to practice techniques but you'd need to draw something yourself to submit. You could use your own horse as inspriration for things like coat markings default smiley :)
minkthepink
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What is the best free app or website to create the horse creations on?
roxydog07
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Roxydog07 wrote:

What is the best free app or website to create the horse creations on?


Personally use GIMP 2.8 to create my art, it's a free pc program.
aℓina
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Since the last time I posted, I attempted another coat. Is it an improvement from the other one? I'm clueless at this as I'm so used to pixel drawings default smiley xdI spent a lot longer on the shading this time default smiley (l)
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First attempt

Second attempt
Ɗємoηѕ
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Ɗємoηѕ wrote:

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First attempt

Second attempt


Love the first one default smiley (l)
starynight
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Starynight wrote:

Love the first one default smiley (l)


Thank you so much! I have admired your creations for so longdefault smiley (l)
Ɗємoηѕ
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This is probably far fetched but do any of you use an app for your creations?
its funsize
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Also curious as to what you guys use for your art default smiley ^)
blΛƆkpiИk
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Some of my new work in progress, like i promised! default smiley :)

aℓina
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smaller version.

aℓina
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A few finishing smoothing and done and I think It's done for submitting. (:

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apart
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I use photoshop CS6 with a wacom pen and touch
I find free apps to be really limited, but procreate (I think it costs money) seems well-liked default smiley :)

Aℓina wrote:

smaller version.


apart wrote:

A few finishing smoothing and done and I think It's done for submitting. (:

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These look amazing!
doodlebug
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I know it's not the best, but this is my first image! I am so proud of it. Yes...I know shading and highlights need more work.

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