[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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Hello Everyone,

Like to draw or just like the creations your fellow community members make? A player, Nono6412, from our French server will be hosting a live drawing session on Twitch this Saturday, 2019-03-16 16:00 showcasing her art and drawing horses that might be submitted to the Creation Space.


You can find the live stream through her artist name Mikonow and via her channel link below. (She has a surprise for those who can be there following the stream!)

Drawing Session

See you there,

The Howrse Team
cailow
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8 days til we find out. Not liking this waiting game default smiley xd
euphemia
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Hi, does anyone know if it is ok to do a drawing then erase that background?
summerbirds
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summerbirds wrote:

Hi, does anyone know if it is ok to do a drawing then erase that background?


What program are you using?
emmakate66
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It's called painter (I think)
summerbirds
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I only know how to do it on GIMP unfortunately.
emmakate66
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summerbirds wrote:

Hi, does anyone know if it is ok to do a drawing then erase that background?


It's fine to do that. Just make sure you zoom in and get every pixel around the edges!

Gimp is a good free program to use to do it.
rowangreen
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Thoughts? I'm going back over and erasing around the edges.

I used Painter 2019 for it.
summerbirds
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I think it's really cute, though as you say the edges do need work. I also think the shoulder and rear are both a bit narrow, and the back rear leg is wide. Could do with some red lining by Shishi no Seirei! But it's a really good start: I like it.
rowangreen
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PS, just seen, is that a Khaki Campbell in your avatar? Used to have some of them...
rowangreen
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Okay!
PS no, they're Indian runner ducks.
summerbirds
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Updated one....

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sσυɳԃσϝƚԋҽwαɾɾισɾ
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summerbirds wrote:

Updated one....



That is SO CUTE
sσυɳԃσϝƚԋҽwαɾɾισɾ
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SσυɳԃσϝƚԋҽWαɾɾισɾ wrote:

When does the BP open?

The Black Pearl is open for submissions on the 1st of every month.
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Hi! Does anyone have any suggestions of things to tweak before resubmitting? I'd appreciate any help I can get default smiley (l)
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I think I need to redo the hooves and 'ankles' aha
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Adding in some complimentary colors in the shading should help you get a bit more "pop" from the shading. I've found that using peachy tones works really well for bringing out life in palaminos.
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Does anyone know why I can't get my drawing on to the template?

I'm using GIMP but the image is a bit big for the template..Can I shrink the drawing?
summerbirds
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alcego wrote:

Adding in some complimentary colors in the shading should help you get a bit more "pop" from the shading. I've found that using peachy tones works really well for bringing out life in palaminos.


When I read this I went ehhh I already made it peachy, then I started experimenting with a pinker peach and oh my lord than you so much. The mane and tail were discraceful before and this just elevated them so much, thank you!

summerbirds wrote:

Does anyone know why I can't get my drawing on to the template?

I'm using GIMP but the image is a bit big for the template..Can I shrink the drawing?


I'll be resizing mine in gimp in a bit and I'll let you know what I do when I work it out aha
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@summer birds

This might be confusing but I'll do my best to explain:

I opened my coat in gimp and used the scale tool to shrink it smaller than 300x300. I moved it to the centre of the now far too big canvas and opened the template as a layer, then moved my coat to sit in the template nicely and used crop to content under the title Image at the top to shrink the canvas to match the template.
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@Euphemia

I'm glad that helped! And yeah, a lot of shading sounds weird when you say it, but it translates surprisingly well onto the canvas. Like I never would've thought of shading green with a less saturated blue, but it really made my art pop default smiley xd.


summerbirds wrote:

Does anyone know why I can't get my drawing on to the template?

I'm using GIMP but the image is a bit big for the template..Can I shrink the drawing?


Like Euphemia said, using the scale tool to bring your image down to 300x300 will do wonders for you in GIMP, but make sure your resolution is high! I'd recommend at least 600x600 for your resolution so that your art doesn't become pixellated and grainy when you scale it down. default smiley :)

For reference, it should look something like this:
alcego
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Thanks guys!
I kinda just messed with it until it worked and didn't go pixely.
summerbirds
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Hi!
How do I get a black pearl?
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denisaandreea wrote:

Hi!
How do I get a black pearl?


at the beginning of the month (1st of month) Black Pearl will be available in black market default smiley :)
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