[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.
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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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I really love horse. I world love to have a wild horse that I can raise for my self as well as to train a horse my self from being a wild horse.
kaydicalhoun21
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Hi all,

Just a few questions -

What format must golden apple coats be in? Like .png or?

The black pearl says "mustn't be blurry or pixelated" - does this include coats in a pixel art style?
euphemia
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Euphemia wrote:

Hi all,

Just a few questions -

What format must golden apple coats be in? Like .png or?

The black pearl says "mustn't be blurry or pixelated" - does this include coats in a pixel art style?


Pixel art is not allowed (as far as I can remember), Pixel art is not pixelated, they are actually clean images done in pixel style. XD They are referring to pixels flying around your coat that should not be there.
And coats need to be saved as PNG. PNG= transparent backgrounds default smiley :)

"mustn't be blurry or pixelated" is referring to the quality of the coat.


See the circle to the right? that's pixelization. Occurs when you use lasso tool+ bucket the wrong way. Can be fixed if you take a brush and erase those edges ALL around your coat. Takes time but sometimes its necessary. that works only if the coat-file is big enough, sometimes pixelization happens due to too low canvas image when you draw.


There is also another type of pixelization that happens when you make your image bigger size than it is (let's say from 300px to 500px). That should not be done under any circumstances. Not only does the image get pixelized but it will also get really blurry.
shishi no seirei
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Howrse Coat

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Hi everyone! I was just wondering if I could get some constructive criticism on these two coats. I just started creating a few months ago and these are the first two I have finished. All comments and tips are welcome!

Thanks!
squidboo
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squidboo wrote:

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Hi everyone! I was just wondering if I could get some constructive criticism on these two coats. I just started creating a few months ago and these are the first two I have finished. All comments and tips are welcome!

Thanks!
squidboo


Both coats need more shadows and light to pop out more. Right now you have good foundation for a coat. Remember to have big enough of "jump" in the shading color-shade so it is visible on the final version.

Right now both shadows and the light is too subtle to be visible. see if you can find a stock photo with similiar pose, that way it will be easier to build the picture up default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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@Shishi no Seirei
Thank you so much! I'll definitely add more contrast.
squidboo
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Does anyone have any tips for transferring paper drawings into digital? I'm terrible with digital art but I'm able to get something that vaguely resembles a horse when I draw by hand. I still want to use the Creation Space, but I'm a little stuck.
maglor_makalaure
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Maglor_Makalaure wrote:

Does anyone have any tips for transferring paper drawings into digital? I'm terrible with digital art but I'm able to get something that vaguely resembles a horse when I draw by hand. I still want to use the Creation Space, but I'm a little stuck.


If you get GIMP,Krita or Medibang Paint Pro (all 3 are free drawing programs) you can just erase the background and save your coat as PNG default smiley :) Otherwise you can ask someone to clean it up for you.
shishi no seirei
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This is a donkey coat I submitted last round, though it didn't go through. Does anyone have tips for how I can improve it?
joblitzen
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Joblitzen wrote:



This is a donkey coat I submitted last round, though it didn't go through. Does anyone have tips for how I can improve it?


Really nicely done. Love this shade of blue, and the style used here. Its adorable <3
Resubmit it this round please.Sometimes it takes some time for them to get trough default smiley :) Some of my coats got in after 4-5 reposts XD
shishi no seirei
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I've seen some coats that look like dogs and I was wondering if anyone had the name of the creator.
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Any improvement suggestions? First submission so I need all the help I can get aha. Also, is the quality ok? I had to shrink it from 2500 pix to 300ish default smiley (d)
euphemia
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Right now it's suuuuper hard for me to see the mane and tail, I would check to make sure that you save it with a transparent background, as you can see with my post a little ways up the page. Nevertheless you might want to consider adding a bit more shading onto the mane and tail so it's a bit more visible on lighter backgrounds.
joblitzen
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There also looks like there's a line on the horse's back. Very pretty though!
superocelot02
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Does anyone know the name of creator(s) that make coats that look like other animals? Stuff like this: https://www.howrse.com/elevage/fiche/?id=42546385
superocelot02
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@ Superocelot02, you might be better asking in the Howrse Spotters thread lover down this board.
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Joblitzen wrote:

Right now it's suuuuper hard for me to see the mane and tail, I would check to make sure that you save it with a transparent background, as you can see with my post a little ways up the page. Nevertheless you might want to consider adding a bit more shading onto the mane and tail so it's a bit more visible on lighter backgrounds.


Yeah turns out the background is white so need to sort that one out. Will have a go at darkening the mane and tail but shows up ok on the default background. Think I'm gonna try for more contrast all round as it'll make getting rid of the background easier. Didn't get time to fix the background so I have a month to tweak things default smiley ^)

superocelot02 wrote:

There also looks like there's a line on the horse's back. Very pretty though!


Not sure what you mean by the line. Could you describe exactly where maybe?
euphemia
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It's where the background and the horse meets. I think it may be just the two oarts meeting, but I wanted to tell you anyways. You have to zoom it a bit to see it. It's the clearest around the dip in his back.
superocelot02
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I dont know if this is the right place, (sorry if its not!), but what do you free programs do you use to create the coats?
superocelot02
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I just voted on a few coats/landscapes and I just wanted to give ya'll a big congrats cause you guys are so talented!
superocelot02
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superocelot02 wrote:

I dont know if this is the right place, (sorry if its not!), but what do you free programs do you use to create the coats?


I use GIMP which is great.
emmakate66
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superocelot02 wrote:

I dont know if this is the right place, (sorry if its not!), but what do you free programs do you use to create the coats?


I use Autodesk Sketchbook on a samsung tablet but I wouldn't reccommend it due to limited brushes and a white, not clear, background.
euphemia
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I have been off the game for a few years but writing a thesis has motivated me to procrastinate. Finishing off this pegasus/winged unicorn which has been sitting for years. Any thoughts on mane and tail colour?


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EmmaKate66 wrote:

I have been off the game for a few years but writing a thesis has motivated me to procrastinate. Finishing off this pegasus/winged unicorn which has been sitting for years. Any thoughts on mane and tail colour?




I would use a color you have already used on the wings. Either black,blue or gold.

OR you could do black with thin strands of gold in it.default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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I started doing digital art recently and I want to submit an artwork that I made, but the piece I have is significantly larger than the template file given on the black pearl page. When I size my artwork down it gets really blurry. Is there a way to fix this, or a should I start over with a smaller canvas size? Bear in mind I don't really know what I'm doing, so I'm sorry if there's a really obvious answer. default smiley ;)
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