[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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Looks good! I love the coloursdefault smiley (l) But if you're using another person's lineart where they ask for credit you should really credit them where you can until you submit it default smiley :) Lineart

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Ɗємoηѕ
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I'm thinking of getting a graphics tablet, does anyone here use one? if so what do you recommend? I'm clueless and have no idea which type to look atdefault smiley xd
Ɗємoηѕ
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Aℓina wrote:

smaller version.



Great shading so far default smiley (y)

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Love! default smiley (7)
starynight
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Hi guys! I submitted two coats last time which were denied for quality issues. However, the quality matched requirements and I have seen many, many other drawings which made it in with lesser quality. I am confused as to why mine were denied when many others of lower quality were not denied and even were voted in? Any help would be appreciated.
its funsize
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Its Funsize wrote:

Hi guys! I submitted two coats last time which were denied for quality issues. However, the quality matched requirements and I have seen many, many other drawings which made it in with lesser quality. I am confused as to why mine were denied when many others of lower quality were not denied and even were voted in? Any help would be appreciated.


If you post them we might be able to see what the problems are?

Well done for getting that far though! I haven't had any comments so far, which I guess means mine didn't get voted for. default smiley :(
rowangreen
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Hi, thought I'd post what I'm working on... I decided to try using lineart. Bloomin eckers it saves time! Much thanks to twist-again@deviant.art! (Though I'm still taking hours/days working at it!)

Still to do: LOTS of eraser work to tidy up the outside!
Fine detailing on head, legs, tail and mane
Remove some of the lines.

But... do you like the colours? (Well, if I'm going to use lineart, I wanted to still do something with it!)
Do you think the body needs much more smoothing? (I like the 'obviously drawn' look, but I guess the voters like more realistic)

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rowangreen
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I guess nobody likes what I posted...... default smiley :'( I posted because I wanted to know how to get better shading and highlight tips for my post.
cowboycrazygirl
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Sorry CowboyCrazyGirl! I agree with what Demons posted: nice colours, but as you said yourself, would improve with more work on the shading. Have a look at some horses with that kind of colouring. On mine I did 'dark dipped' legs in the first place, like you, but when I looked at some pictures the markings on the legs are much more complex (I've still got more to do on defining them on mine, though I'm pleased with how the muzzle is coming on!). Personally I whack colour on again and again until it looks right, then erase round the edges. I think my style is as much sculpture as painting! (And I am a beginner compared to others here... so listen to them not me!
rowangreen
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CowboyCrazyGirl wrote:

I guess nobody likes what I posted...... default smiley :'( I posted because I wanted to know how to get better shading and highlight tips for my post.


It currently looks like you have a lot of highlights and no shadows. It also appears like you used an airbrush tool for the highlights, which is okay for larger areas, but small airbrush strokes look unrealistic. You definitely have considered the right places to highlight, which is great! It also looks like you've used white to highlight. A quick rule of thumb is to never use white or black for shading/highlights. If your program allows it, do highlights on a new layer and set the layer to "screen" or "overlay" mode, and use the horse's original color. Color will appear brighter on the near layer because of the setting.

For the brush, I recommend using the regular hard brush for shading just to establish some basic skills.
Take a look at this tutorial. Cel shading is really beginner friendly default smiley :)
doodlebug
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Having a really hard time submitting my landscape... keeps telling me "Your coat does not use the compulsory format" not sure what i need to do to fix this. please help TIAdefault smiley :)

Its 405KB and 2106x940px which it the same size of the download template
swing on
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Swing On wrote:

Having a really hard time submitting my landscape... keeps telling me "Your coat does not use the compulsory format" not sure what i need to do to fix this. please help TIAdefault smiley :)

Its 405KB and 2106x940px which it the same size of the download template


Did you fill in all the required steps before submitting your creation?
Or did you check your final creation thoroughly, because it may be that there is a problem with the template in which you put your creation (maybe there was an erased border or the image didn't fit in the template properly).
aℓina
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Just a little something I'm working on, gonna submit it when I reach enough seniority so.. In a while default smiley xd

zeta
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I'm thinking of getting a graphics tablet, does anyone here use one? if so what do you recommend? I'm clueless and have no idea which type to look atdefault smiley xd


I'm using a regular Wacom Intuos tablet and I'm very happy with it. It's not too expensive and it's very simple and easy to use default smiley ^)
zeta
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Almost finished mine,i hope i will finish it on time today!

aℓina
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@Aℓina
That looks absolutely amazing! I love the warm, earthy tones. default smiley (l)
zeta
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Aℓina wrote:

Almost finished mine,i hope i will finish it on time today!



Really lovely coat. Love the colours default smiley :)
THose thin golden chains may be a little too close to the same colours as horses coat,not sure if they will be visible...you could make them thicker (right now,they are hard to see eve in this resolution), and maybe make them a different colour.

Otherwise,great workdefault smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Ack. Missed submitting this month. Might have just got it in... then remembered I spent the passes on a fleece earlier and 7 minutes was not enough to age two pass horses! Thought I'd post the nearly-finished pic anyway. Hope you like it.

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rowangreen
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Zeta wrote:

I'm using a regular Wacom Intuos tablet and I'm very happy with it. It's not too expensive and it's very simple and easy to use default smiley ^)


Thank you so much, I was looking at them and I'm definitely going to get one soon.default smiley (l)
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Do you use GIMP?...there is a very easy way to paint hair on GIMP, it is a specific dynamic that you have to set your brush on (it fades on one end so that the hair would look more natural).You can see it on all of my works of art.
aℓina
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Yes I am! What's it called?

Thanks, that is helpful!
rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

Yes I am! What's it called?

Thanks, that is helpful!


It's the fade tapering dynamic, it's in the paint dynamics tub. And you could adjust the fading by selecting the paint brush tool and when the small tub below pops out scroll down and click the + dynamics options and it will automatically open a small bar where you could adjust the fade length.

Usually i leave it as it is, but if you use a smaller size brush for details, you have reduce the fade length.

The other thing is, when you draw the fading only goes in the opposite direction and not the way you expect it to. (it's the only drawback but with practise you'll get used to it)

Well, i hope this helps.
aℓina
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Thanks, I'll give it a try!
rowangreen
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Hello I am in need of a little help I am using Gimp since I know mostly how to use it and because it's free. I have created a horse for the Draft Horse section the only problem is when I move the horse into the template they are meant to go in it goes blurry, I am really confused why and not sure how to fix this, could anyone help please?
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all hail puppy
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all hail puppy
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@All Hail Puppy sadly I cannot see the pictures default smiley :(

When you move it to the template, do you shrink/rescale your drawing?
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