[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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Can I have some clarification on rules? If someone has had a coat removed from the game due to plagiarism, are they still allowed to submit coats? Clearly they are, because it happened, but I don't understand why.
bloodredarabian
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bloodredarabian wrote:

Can I have some clarification on rules? If someone has had a coat removed from the game due to plagiarism, are they still allowed to submit coats? Clearly they are, because it happened, but I don't understand why.


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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"


^^ never seen that implemented on genuine cheaters lol
starynight
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Hey!
It's been so long since I didn't try it, but now I proposed 2 new backgrounds again - from Hungarian server, 'cause that's my main account of course.

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Please, wish me luck with 'em! ^^ And if you don't like something with them, or just have any advices, I'm absolutely open for them. Thank you! default smiley :)
I hope it's not against the rules here. default smiley :-x
terra cipher
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Terra Cipher wrote:

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I love those!

I think the strict rule is it's meant to be 'work in progress' to be posted. But since you've said you are happy to get comments, I think that qualifies them!
rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

I love those!

I think the strict rule is it's meant to be 'work in progress' to be posted. But since you've said you are happy to get comments, I think that qualifies them!

Thank you! default smiley :)

To be honest, even if I propose my arts, it's still in progress. I propose them to save my passes for the next arts too, but I'm never absolutely satisfied, I still have to work on them, fix them a bit, so yeah. It's still a W.I.P. So - because it probably won't "get chosen" - I have to keep working on them and that's why I'm always open for some critics and advices. default smiley ^)
terra cipher
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I've been working on a background: Baba Yaga's house. I will definitely be doing more on the roses, and giving them some stems and leaves. Hoping to get away with the skulls being 'styalised' lol. Don't know if I'll have time to do much else. What do people think? Hope you like it

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rowangreen
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Do I need to buy the black pearl with passes when I have enough seniority?
olaftheangelpony
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Olaftheangelpony wrote:

Do I need to buy the black pearl with passes when I have enough seniority?


Yes you do, unless you have one in your inventory already default smiley :)
arasteia
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What's up with all of the winged donkeys? They are really cute, and I would love to vote for them, but I'm worried it would be a waste of a vote. I'm concerned that they won't be allowed to go through because they "don't follow the rules" because winged donkeys aren't a part of the game.
athenaminerva
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olaftheangelpony
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AthenaMinerva wrote:

They are really cute, and I would love to vote for them, but I'm worried it would be a waste of a vote. I'm concerned that they won't be allowed to go through because they "don't follow the rules" because winged donkeys aren't a part of the game.


I wonder if they are in response to the Q&A which mentioned winged donkeys? It is possible that there was a clarification on a different server that they are permitted and the winged donkeys are all submissions from that server.

Since there is currently no category for winged donkeys that doesn't seem to be a reason why winged donkeys couldn't be coats. Like for example - many of the unicorn coats submitted are draft horses with horns - since there isn't a category for Draft Unicorns it makes sense they would be permitted in the Unicorn category.

I love the winged donkeys and I really hope they keep them.
emmakate66
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A lot of draft horses were submitted as riding a horse before we got daft-category...I would say winged donkeys could be a grey area, but unless the coat breaks rules then it may go through.
shishi no seirei
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RowanGreen wrote:

What do people think? Hope you like it

I like the idea, just be carefull the ground is blurred and the bird with the "house-head" would be more integrated if you added a projected shadow I think default smiley :)

AthenaMinerva wrote:

What's up with all of the winged donkeys?

Those winged donkeys come from some french creators. Indeed, from what I understood, it's kind of a joke from them, they created them because of that Q&A mentionning winged donkeys, but they won't be integrated into the game. It was just for this mounth and they won't send them to the creative space anymore ^^

(sorry for my engligh I'm french)
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I wanted to show you a coat I'm working on, the lineart is from me, the horse will be green with pink stripes default smiley ^)

nylïha
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@Nyliha: that's looking good. Love the shine you've got on the coat. Will look even better with hooves!

Meanwhile I've got my passes back AGAIN. Mixed feelings: Baba Yaga's House was a rush job, as I didn't want to miss the 'moment' for it. It was better than what I posted in this thread, but still lots of room for working on it. So I guess I will work on it and submit again.. maybe people will still be looking for backgrounds for their urban legends and others! (I don't think it has to be Baba on it.... she can have visitors and pets!). And if it doesn't go through next month I guess I'll have to wait for next Halloween, sigh.
rowangreen
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Nylïha wrote:

I wanted to show you a coat I'm working on, the lineart is from me, the horse will be green with pink stripes


That is already a beautiful coat! I love how detailed your shading is - what software do you use?

RowanGreen wrote:

nd if it doesn't go through next month I guess I'll have to wait for next Halloween, sigh.


Best of luck for the next round. I always keep tinkering with my coats to see if they are likely to get through again but sometimes it is really disheartening and a I just leave it. I see a lot of the same coats each month in voting so clearly loads of creations are in the same boat.
emmakate66
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@RowanGreen

I really hope your creation gets in! I'm absolutely desperate for a Baba Yaga landscape!
stellae
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stellae wrote:

@RowanGreen

I really hope your creation gets in! I'm absolutely desperate for a Baba Yaga landscape!


Glad you like it!

Here's an update. Still working on a few things. I put Baba in to see how she looks, but I'm still very happy for this to be used for other coats.

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Now I have to decide what colours to list it as....
rowangreen
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Got two in... the Baba landscape and a version of the Fjord. Still haven't finished the pegi fjord. I keep fiddling with the wings... they are tricky!

Really hoping one of these goes through though. Would love to have the passes to spend on the Christmas promo!

What's everyone else doing?
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