[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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aericalflight wrote:

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I like it!

The legs are a bit big in proportion, but I think you could get away with it being a young horse maybe or 'stylised'!

I think you'd be seeing something of the other wing. It's tricky though with the angles you've got. I think maybe the end of the other wing would showing down behind the hocks, and a bit of it between the front legs? Not sure... anyone else have an opinion on this?

To me the lines look ok.

You leave the frame on when you submit. You could actually increase the size of the horse a little to fill up all the available space.
rowangreen
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aericalflight
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Hi all! Does anyone know of someone who provides free to use linearts for BP? default smiley :)
katti-canasta
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Katti-Canasta wrote:

Hi all! Does anyone know of someone who provides free to use linearts for BP? default smiley :)
You can visit the Deviantart site where you can find many artists, including the ones that provide horse linearts.default smiley (y) (just search in the site any subject that you would like and you will find it)
aℓina
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Katti-Canasta wrote:

Hi all! Does anyone know of someone who provides free to use linearts for BP? default smiley :)


Some deviantart accounts that have a bunch:
darya87 [one of my personal favorites- they have a bunch of them; all free]
ReQuay [read through the rules listed in their journal- they have a couple easy requirements for howrse use]
BronzeHalo [I know they have at least 1 lineart they requested not to be used for howrse any more, so read through the descriptions of any you might use]
ApacheCove [requires credit on image if you use for BP except for submission--- if you post it in any forums, etc, you have to have credit]
Whiteligtning [same as above- credit until submission]
DamienMuerte [has a howrse account too - Fhebral]
Seenae

Plus
AdmYrrek
has some freeuse lines in their forum. ^^ Hope this helps! default smiley :d
wolf of the north
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Can we use a picture of our own real life horse/s for a golden apple coat? I read the rules I know what it says about plagiarism and all that but I wasn't sure if it meant you couldn't use random real pictures off the internet, or all actual pictures in general. Sorry if that was confusing I was thinking of possibly using my mare for a template as she has really unique markings and coloring and thought she would look cool as a GA, but only if it's permitted.
horseluvr2
horseluvr2 wrote:

Can we use a picture of our own real life horse/s for a golden apple coat? I read the rules I know what it says about plagiarism and all that but I wasn't sure if it meant you couldn't use random real pictures off the internet, or all actual pictures in general. Sorry if that was confusing I was thinking of possibly using my mare for a template as she has really unique markings and coloring and thought she would look cool as a GA, but only if it's permitted.


It would basically be fine to use your own photo of your own horse as a reference, but...

1) You are not allowed to submit a photo, so you need to use it as a reference to draw from, not just submit the photo. Photos can also exaggerate perspective: for example your in your profile photo the head would look a bit big if it was traced for a drawing. So watch out for that.
2) I'd recommend you don't use a photo that's been posted on the web. If they find you've copied a photo that's available on the web, you may get accused of plagiarism. Even if you can prove it's yours and OK to use, by then you've lost a month's voting, and maybe had your karma docked for a few days... Not worth the bother!

PS: is that your mare's picture in your profile? She would make a great apple!
rowangreen
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Thank you, and yes that is her in my profile picture. I plan on using a free line art and put her markings on it but I ran into an issue with GIMP that I'm trying to figure out how to fix. Thank you again
horseluvr2
Some work in progress. I used some lineart this time cause I'm a bit too lazy and also cause of the limited time due to work.



I have a debate on which colour should i make the horse, i made it's eyes yellow-ish blue so i was wondering what colours should i use for the body, any ideas?
aℓina
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Colours... I'm always a sucker for purple, and I think it could go really well with those eyes. If you want realistic colour, maybe white or chestnut? (Or both!)

By the way, love the way you've done the eyes. Also looking forward to seeing the wings complete, since it looks like you are putting some detail into them. It's always a letdown to see a horse that looks like it took a long time to do with wings that look like they took 2 minutes...!
rowangreen
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can anyone using GIMP 2.10.10 give me a tip on how to add roaning without making it look like a weird blob I'm also having trouble with the mane and tail every time I attempt to draw them it always comes out looking crazy. It's my first attempt at this and it is proving to be quite challenging lol.
horseluvr2
horseluvr2 wrote:

can anyone using GIMP 2.10.10 give me a tip on how to add roaning without making it look like a weird blob I'm also having trouble with the mane and tail every time I attempt to draw them it always comes out looking crazy. It's my first attempt at this and it is proving to be quite challenging lol.


I use GIMP 2.8 and i have made a tutorial on how to paint hair on GIMP. https://www.deviantart.com/nanalina20/art/Hair-and-tail-redraw-GIMP-Tutorial-670295340 Hope it helps.default smiley (y)
aℓina
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Thank you @ Aℓina!
horseluvr2
Anyone else waiting to see if their art FINALLY got through? I've been submitting for months!

This month I've got the purple and green fjord I posted in this thread months ago and a landscape that's secret so far! The fjord I posted some roughs of back on page 18. The background I did with the Black Forest pastry divines in mind, so it's been in a few times too!
rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

This month I've got the purple and green fjord I posted in this thread months ago and a landscape that's secret so far!


Do you have a final version of the ford to post here? default smiley :)
emmakate66
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Here you go... Though I think if it doesn't go through this time I will make a few changes. Also this is a slightly larger version: looking at the submitted image, I'm wondering if it could be improved as I think it lost some detail.

rowangreen
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It's lovely - I often find coats that go through have a pop of something. Like a ribbon or something if you catch my drift. Yours is well made and classy but may come off a bit plain when in voting?

Have you thought of submitting as a Unicorn or pony coat? default smiley :)
emmakate66
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Haha, exactly what I was thinking... people do like to like ornaments.

It's currently a pony coat as it's a Fjord. Might think about a unicorn/Pegasus though! Thanks!
rowangreen
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anyone into drawing anime? i know i amdefault smiley :p
shetland
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Grrrrr, failed again... Will be seeing what I can come up with to add to the Fjord! LOL
rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

Grrrrr, failed again...


Ahh sorry to hear that. Last time I submitted a coat I sent in two versions (a pegasus and a winged unicorn) - so maybe that be an option for your fjord?

I'm planning on submitting a few coats next round (I really want to save up for the rest of the Rainbow Divines).
emmakate66
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RowanGreen wrote:


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i like the picture
vivian horsegirl
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Hi!
I've been already uploading this coat to the Czech version of Howrse, which I primarily play. It's a pony and it's drawn in the exact proportions as the template. Any suggestions before It can be considered done? default smiley :)
horsearmy
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Sure you want comments? If it's been uploaded by the Black Pearl on any version then it's been submitted everywhere: submission/voting is across all the servers. I think you can cancel it and re-submit if you want...

Anyway, in case you do still want comments, it's nice as it is... but....

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More contrast would help, especially if you could bring the eye out a bit. The ribbon is a bit unclear too.

I like that it's shaggy, but check the submitted version: if they think it's accidental that the edges are rough then it might get rejected.

The back hooves could be improved, one is also a bit 'shaggy', and the other the shape is a bit off.

I'm not sure about the flow of the hair in the mane. I think it's meant to be flowing forward and then flicking back? Some more contrast/shine, shape and variety in the flow would help. And the tail would need to be done the same way.
rowangreen
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It's not uploaded yet. I'll add some more fur to make it clear that the horse is meant to have a shaggy outline. Thanks for the advice, I'll fix all the mistakes you listed. default smiley (y)
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