[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.
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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 would like to ask what dimensions should a Helios Ray background have? (i have attempted to send a Helios Ray background but it always had some kind of a problem) maybe because of false dimensions.
aℓina
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Hello, I was wondering if I can ask here advice about a creation I saw. I'm not sure if it's a plagiarism case, may I post here to ask?
arcy
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Aℓina wrote:

I would like to ask what dimensions should a Helios Ray background have? (i have attempted to send a Helios Ray background but it always had some kind of a problem) maybe because of false dimensions.


2006 by 840 pixels
athenaminerva
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@AthenaMinerva
Thank you very much.
aℓina
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Hi I am currently drawing my first Golden Apple coat. This is the drawing so far and I definitely want to fix the stars around the horn, shade the ears a bit more and work in more detail to the tail but I wanted to know what more I should work on and if it is even worth submitting?
Also, I am struggling to work out how to put the coat onto the template as when I copy the template is has a black centre, not a transparent centre - does this mean I have to remove the black to make it transparent and then add my coat?
Thank you for any help, it is much appreciated!

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hoof_beats
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hoof_beats wrote:

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It definitely needs a bit of detail,but I'm not the one to judge how everyone draws and their skills.
Like many players suggest, you could use some reference on the shadowing and lighting of the coat,there are many pictures of horses on the internet and it will help you give your horse more dimension and depth.
Begin with a rough sketch (shape and smudge a bit, not too much) and then add more detail step by step.

I personally do my coats in grey-scale first and then add the colours and such.

If you would like any more help i would gladly help you in any way i can.default smiley (y)

I use GIMP 2.8 ,if you're using the same program.
aℓina
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Thank you so much for your help, I love your most recent coat you've posted - it is stunning! I'll have a play around with the shadowing and try and add depth. That's a good idea to use grey before adding colour. I am using Krita at the moment but I have downloaded GIMP 2.8 too default smiley :)
hoof_beats
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A background I'm working on right now, i don't practise backgrounds that often so decided to try.
If there's a suggestion please tell me,like if i should change the brush or lighting.

aℓina
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Thats gorgeous, though i think the edge of the snow in the foreground should be a tad crisper, instead of being blurry.
starynight
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I agree, it's great!

See what Starynight means about the snow... though if you want it to look like it's blowing in the wind maybe you could add something more to indicate the wind, like some grass stems or something.
rowangreen
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hoof_beats wrote:

Hi I am currently drawing my first Golden Apple coat. This is the drawing so far and I definitely want to fix the stars around the horn, shade the ears a bit more and work in more detail to the tail but I wanted to know what more I should work on and if it is even worth submitting?
Also, I am struggling to work out how to put the coat onto the template as when I copy the template is has a black centre, not a transparent centre - does this mean I have to remove the black to make it transparent and then add my coat?
Thank you for any help, it is much appreciated!

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I think you've made a great start there.

My big obsession is eyes. It bothers me that so many people do otherwise great coats but leave the eyes a blank, flat colour. Eyes are the window of the soul. Of course, horses' eyes are all dark on the whole, so on this scale you won't really see much detail, but adding a hint of a pupil and a bit of shine makes a massive difference I think. The wrinkles around the eye add a lot of expression too.

Noses and hooves are worth work too.. but I don't think as important as eyes.
rowangreen
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I really want to use a black pearl but i just don't have enough seniority.default smiley :(
shetland
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shetland wrote:

I really want to use a black pearl but i just don't have enough seniority.default smiley :(

Be patient, once you have enough seniority you will be able to submit a coat.default smiley (y)
aℓina
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This is only my second background. Any suggestions?
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athenaminerva
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I added more shadows to make the clouds stand out more
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And here is a space themed one
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Any thoughts?
athenaminerva
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@AthenaMinerva

I love the colours you've got in the water and clouds. But I think jetty could be improved a lot. Try finding some pictures of real wood jetties to get hints on colours and texture.

On the space one I think the stars look a bit regular (though I like that they are different colours). The planet looks flat: it would be better if the clouds followed it's curve.
rowangreen
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@AthenaMinerva

As RowanGreen said the jetty can be improved greatly and the clouds of the planet would look more natural if they followed the curve.

I definitely think that adding more stars and clusters of them close together would add to the overall effect of the space landscape.
kimber
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Agreed.The space one looks rad, but the planet looks more like wood grain than swirly clouds. I like the one with the boardwalk, but I am wondering what the pink thing is in the sky near the ocean. Yes, I know, I’m not really one to judge, considering I only have a sad measly 21 days of seniority. default smiley :( Anyway, other than the stuff I pointed out, they simply look amazing!
BTW I love your name. Athena and Minerva are 4ever!
treloalogo2019
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Does anyone have a few tips to not get a very pixely(is that a word?) Horse? I draw on quite a large canvas but when i shrink it to fit into the format box from howrse, my horse is alost in total at max 5 pixels itselfdefault smiley xd
nibbitlover
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nibbitlover wrote:

Does anyone have a few tips to not get a very pixely(is that a word?) Horse? I draw on quite a large canvas but when i shrink it to fit into the format box from howrse, my horse is alost in total at max 5 pixels itselfdefault smiley xd


Don't use transform, I resize the canvas to fit perfectly into the template. It takes longer but looks better overall.
kimber
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nibbitlover
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When i try to use the image it says the format isn't right, but i used the format thing howrse gives us, anyone knows what i can do about that?
nibbitlover
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You have to make sure your design is in the transparent part of the frame. You have to submit your creation with the frame around it, and you have to make sure no pixels are on the frame itself. If a 1% pixel is on top of the frame, you can't submit. To prevent that, you have to make sure the frame itself is the top layer. So place your creation layer under the frame layer.
bimmerd
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Thank youu, i forgot to keep the frame on it while exporting it
nibbitlover
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Hello! I was just wondering if I could get any advice on this piece? I was wondering if it was too pixely. I did resize it bigger because none of my brushes draw small enough to look clean. Now I know that probably wasn't the best choice, but I'm wondering if it's salvageable. Also, do I delete the border when submitting my entry?
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