[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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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

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 :)


Thanks will try a few options
emmakate66
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Journey13 wrote:

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 ;)


Mine (see above) went blurry too - that's just how it is. 400x400ish pixels isn't a lot of pixels so it'll be blurry if you zoom in a bit. If it's obviously blurry without zooming in, you might have to start again with a smaller canvas unfortunately.
euphemia
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to check your coats quality: make sure your canvas is zoomed out/in at 100% and not 200% or less/more than 100.

To resize your coat, open the PNG file, and use the image - image size function rather than the transform-scale tool. I usually make my big coat-canvas to 600px x 600px and drop it onto the golden apple canvas. It is still to big, but now when my coat is smaller,I can use the transform scale-tool and the coat doesn't go blurry :3
shishi no seirei
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If you check the creation space you can see the status of the coats you've put in. Does it only show the status once the coats are released or before? The donkey coat that I put in again this month already shows that it didn't get through and I'm wondering if that's actually accurate or not.
joblitzen
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Yay my BG made it in! default smiley <:o)



Incentive to finish the others I suppose.
menorquin
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Joblitzen wrote:

If you check the creation space you can see the status of the coats you've put in. Does it only show the status once the coats are released or before? The donkey coat that I put in again this month already shows that it didn't get through and I'm wondering if that's actually accurate or not.


Is shows the result before the 25th release. If it has a red X,it didnt make it. If it has a green birdie there, it means its in. default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Are you not supposed to put a shadow beneath a horse for a GA? Or is it optional?
I've seen both in past GAs.
cherryberry
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Cherryberry wrote:

Are you not supposed to put a shadow beneath a horse for a GA? Or is it optional?
I've seen both in past GAs.


You can, but have to make it light so it will go with most Helios' rays.
euphemia
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censurer This message has been censored since it does not follow the forum rules.
Sorry, you cannot ask for opinions on if you should submit a finished creation as limited or unlimited, only for advice on unfinished creations.
raf's mum
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I wish I was talented enough to submit a creation. I have so many ideas but minus the talent
angora
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Angora wrote:

I wish I was talented enough to submit a creation. I have so many ideas but minus the talent


Everyone starts out terrible. It's all about practice really - there are some helpful tutorials available as well. I look at my first creations and really cringe and I still know I can improve. All that was different about my newer ones is that I had more practice.
emmakate66
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I think having the ideas is the talent. Otherwise you just end up plagiarising!
rowangreen
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Angora wrote:

I wish I was talented enough to submit a creation. I have so many ideas but minus the talent


The idea is most of the story. The rest is just practice and rejigging. Do some proportions and shading study, and get drawing software that allows you to select and resize certain parts of a drawing. You'll be great in no time, so long as you put in the work.
euphemia
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There's something off about this so far - I think it's the back legs but not sure quite what to do. Anyone got a clue? All feedback much appreciated
euphemia
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Adding a spoiler as that was quite large. I think this is better but anything else would be appreciated!
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euphemia
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Euphemia wrote:

Adding a spoiler as that was quite large. I think this is better but anything else would be appreciated!


I think it may be the perspective but I feel like the neck is a bit short?
emmakate66
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Agree, I think the neck is too short and maybe the back legs are a bit long? And/or maybe the near hind leg is a bit out to the side and should be more under the body? Not sure myself!

Are you using a photo for reference? I think they sometimes distort perspective with a long or short lens and we don't see it because we are so used to it!

I think it's generally really good though.
rowangreen
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Euphemia:

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redlined a little. But do bring out some gypsy references, they may help better than my scribbles XD
shishi no seirei
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Stop coming to my rescue @Shishi no Seirei aha I'll have to start crediting you! Seriously though thank you - I think it was the shape of the neck making it look short and you've fixed that!
euphemia
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RowanGreen wrote:

Agree, I think the neck is too short and maybe the back legs are a bit long? And/or maybe the near hind leg is a bit out to the side and should be more under the body? Not sure myself!

Are you using a photo for reference? I think they sometimes distort perspective with a long or short lens and we don't see it because we are so used to it!

I think it's generally really good though.


The photo references I used had no legs so I was a bit on my own - thanks for the help!
euphemia
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Euphemia: I don't mind rescuing you XD default smiley (b)


It's my responsibility to do so :P (FT joke hehe XD)
shishi no seirei
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Maybe I should put my PFP back to Lucy if you keep it up default smiley xd

I just have one more question - which side should I put the mane? I want it long - just short of below body I think. He's a dun tobiano with dark socks, mane and tail.
euphemia
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default smiley xddefault smiley (lol)

Hm...good question. If you have it to the left, it will be more visible but hide his pretty pattern. If you have it to the right you can fluff it up as much as you want without his patterns.

I think the right would be better, should be visible enough.default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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I'm just saying, but this time around, there's been a lot of really fantastic space-themed coats and I want to congratulate everyone who submitted them because they have really got my votes (and GAs... and HPs...)
darkflameoracle
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