[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:


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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flame48, so I have to pay with passes to submit? I don't have any and from what I have read, it is impossible (or extremely difficult) at the moment for me to get them unless I spend real world money, which I am unwilling to do. I'm stuck. Any suggestions? I only have two Lippizans and a half quarter half paint. default smiley :s
meadow brook
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Meadow Brook wrote:

flame48, so I have to pay with passes to submit? I don't have any and from what I have read, it is impossible (or extremely difficult) at the moment for me to get them unless I spend real world money, which I am unwilling to do. I'm stuck. Any suggestions? I only have two Lippizans and a half quarter half paint. default smiley :s


Well, you have plenty of days to save up! I'm afraid you also need 150 days seniority to submit.

Hope you make it. I just looked at your horse Kustiva, and you've got animations that actually work with the ray you've chosen. That's something you don't often see! Gives me hope you'd do good coats/landscapes LOL.

Have a look in the game play forum. There's some posts on earning equus/passes there already.
rowangreen
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Meadow Brook wrote:

flame48, so I have to pay with passes to submit? I don't have any and from what I have read, it is impossible (or extremely difficult) at the moment for me to get them unless I spend real world money, which I am unwilling to do. I'm stuck. Any suggestions? I only have two Lippizans and a half quarter half paint. default smiley :s


You can also earn a free passes when you age your horses up to 30 years and send them to heaven ( you can buy them in the sales or age them yourself).
Or by filling up the bar on the loyal Player's pass page (which is located on the right side of the passes page.) each time you log in and do activities in the game which gives you 10 points per day.

There are many ways to earn passes without spending real money. ( You just need a bit of patience).
aℓina
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it said i neeeded pases which are really hard to get what i read said if you have a howrse over 30 years old you get a passe
dog lover
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Yes, if a horse over 30 years old dies and you send it to heaven (not safe haven!), you get 100 passes. You can get up to 1000 free passes this way, then after that you have a 1/3 chance of getting a pass for sending old horses to heaven, up until you hit 3000 passes. default smiley :)
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Early WIP. No shading done yet. Now to see if I can keep this nice light color lol XD
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

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Early WIP. No shading done yet. Now to see if I can keep this nice light color lol XD

Ahh how do you get your lines so perfect default smiley *-)
Ɗємoηѕ
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Demons: SAI + stabilizing tool= smooth nice lines default smiley :d
shishi no seirei
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Since I am trying to learn how to draw more realistically, I often look at photo references for the positions and shading of my own drawing. However, I always make sure to give the drawing a twist so I don't just recreate the pictures.
But this time I had a fun idea, however, I am not sure if this would be considered plagiarism by howrse, so I am asking just to be sure.
I wanted to draw my own pony so I could have her as a GA coat on howrse, which would be awesome if the drawing made the cut. Now here is the problem: my drawing is an identical recreation of a picture of my pony. Would this be considered plagiarism? The copyright of the picture, the drawing, and of course the horse itself, all belong to me, but the picture of my pony can be found on the internet (on my own Facebook page).
So I was wondering how strict howrse is in such a situation. I was also thinking of doing a few more in the future (of my other horses). I tried drawing my horses in an original position, but somehow they don't look like themselves when I do that. Also, they have some rather unique markings which are almost impossible to perfectly convey in another position.
I hope somebody can help me out with this. default smiley :)
robin hood
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In short, my question is: can I redraw a picture identically as a GA coat if both the picture and the horse on it are mine?
robin hood
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If you have the copyright then you are not plagiarising someone else. Perhaps put a note on the Facebook picture saying you are submitting a version of the photo to Howrse? And make sure the picture is not too exact a copy of the photo. They don't like photographs. So I wouldn't try and get every hair the same...
rowangreen
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Got the purple Fjord in today! Still a bit annoyed as I had a landscape done as well, on the template ready to submit, and didn't quite get a pass horse aged in time! Annoying as I was really hoping for some passes for Christmas! Have to hope the Fjord makes it.

Looking through what's up, there's some really creative new landscapes.
rowangreen
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

Demons: SAI + stabilizing tool= smooth nice lines default smiley :d

Thank you default smiley (l)
Ɗємoηѕ
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Robin Hood wrote:

In short, my question is: can I redraw a picture identically as a GA coat if both the picture and the horse on it are mine?


I have seen close referenced coats on Howrse before, and as far as I know, International Server is not against it. Seen some close referenced photos go through as well.

Since you own the photo you have the right to decide if you want to do a close reference-coat or not. Even if someone may not like it, you own the rights to that photo. As someone once said: "you can't draw Schwarzenegger`s body, with Travolta`s head, change the hair to curly black and call it Johnny Depp. You created a Frankenstein, not Depp."

Wish I could remember who said that ><


I know I have been trying to finish this close-referenced project myself as well XD

And as Rodwen said: make sure to put a note on your FB image and save some WIPS just in case. Photorealistic horses usually get taken down because people think they are cutout photos default smiley xd
shishi no seirei
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What can I use to get the transparent background for a picture saved with a white background?
blΛƆkpiИk
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BLΛƆKPIИK wrote:

What can I use to get the transparent background for a picture saved with a white background?


You will have to erase it in a program (GIMP,Krita,Photoshop etc) and save the file as PNG. default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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@RowanGreen, @Shishi no Seirei: Thank you for your advice. There are some things I've changed in my drawing (different tail position, simplified markings, more prominent eye-color), so I hope it will be clear that it is a drawing. I also haven't completely mastered photo realism, so it should be quite clear that it isn't a cut-out.
Thank you for the tip about the WIPS though, I always forget to do that and just rewrite my old files.
For those wondering; this is the drawing of my lovely Yessie, who is nearing her 30's. (I hope it is visible.) What do you guys think? Any constructive criticism is always welcome (especially about the shading).

robin hood
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Robin Hood wrote:

@RowanGreen, @Shishi no Seirei: Thank you for your advice. There are some things I've changed in my drawing (different tail position, simplified markings, more prominent eye-color), so I hope it will be clear that it is a drawing. I also haven't completely mastered photo realism, so it should be quite clear that it isn't a cut-out.
Thank you for the tip about the WIPS though, I always forget to do that and just rewrite my old files.
For those wondering; this is the drawing of my lovely Yessie, who is nearing her 30's. (I hope it is visible.) What do you guys think? Any constructive criticism is always welcome (especially about the shading).




That's gorgeous!!! default smiley (7)
blΛƆkpiИk
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I love it! She looks a fab mare.

The only thing I'd say is perhaps lose the distinct dark border round the patch on her side? To me it looks like she's been shaved!
rowangreen
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Robin Hood wrote:

@RowanGreen, @Shishi no Seirei: Thank you for your advice. There are some things I've changed in my drawing (different tail position, simplified markings, more prominent eye-color), so I hope it will be clear that it is a drawing. I also haven't completely mastered photo realism, so it should be quite clear that it isn't a cut-out.
Thank you for the tip about the WIPS though, I always forget to do that and just rewrite my old files.
For those wondering; this is the drawing of my lovely Yessie, who is nearing her 30's. (I hope it is visible.) What do you guys think? Any constructive criticism is always welcome (especially about the shading).


Sorry. This is clearly a cut out and painted over photo. Your feet are a dead giveaway, as well as the tiny notch missing in the cannon bone in the hind leg on the left, from your lasso tool getting confused by the shadow. This would be against the rules to submit. default smiley :)
bloodredarabian
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Thoughts? It's my first attempt at anything like this so it's not the best it could be default smiley xd still adjusting things as I go


https://share.bannersnack.com/bhiezyge9/




Not sure if the codes right and the picture will show default smiley xd if not the link is there
blΛƆkpiИk
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Robin Hood wrote:

should be quite clear that it isn't a cut-out.



okay default smiley (y) default smiley (o)

clearly a photo hun
starynight
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I did wonder about the hooves but I was giving the benefit of the doubt... ah well!
rowangreen
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@bloodredarabian: Hi, there. default smiley :) I'm glad I posted this here, because I don't want to lose karma over not completely understanding the rules. I traced my line art, so is that what you mean by painted over? I thought it would be fine since it was my own picture (that was what I asked in my posts above).

I've found some WIP's from this project, so would you mind to take a look at them and say if I've done something against the rules? If I have done so, I will immediately cancel my creations in the black pearl (they are in the voting space, so I can still retract them).

And about the legs: most of the legs of my horse were covered with grass in the original picture, so I had to improvise a bit without a reference. Which may explain why they are horrible default smiley xd. I'm still not happy with them. Also, I use the gum and smudging tool at the end to get rid of extra smudges and floating pixels, so I might have accidentally erased some stuff (the bit at the hind leg) while doing that. I had not noticed it before, so thank you for pointing that out.

Here are some WIP's:

Line art (traced over my own picture).

Yessie part A

Applying the base color and markings. (I've seen how some people apply the markings at the very end, but I like to color and shade them separately.)

Yessie part 2

Applying basic shade colors.

Yessie part 3

I will have to search for some WIP's from the shading proces. As I said before, I usually kind of forget to save them separately and often save over the previous file by mistake. But I must have some left somewhere on my computer.

Once again, if I did something wrong, please say so and I will immediately cancel my black pearl creations. It's the first time I send in one of my drawings to the black pearl, so I am still figuring out what is allowed and what is not.
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Please let me know if the WIP's aren't visible, then I will try to upload them somewhere else.
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