[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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SpeedDemon wrote:

I managed to fix it!


What did the problem end up being? I'm having the same issue.
powwi
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Can someone please tell me what I did wrong? I have done everything I possibly could to meet formatting and it won't go through.
powwi
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powwi wrote:

Can someone please tell me what I did wrong? I have done everything I possibly could to meet formatting and it won't go through.


Hard to know what's wrong without being able to see the image, but here's a general shortlist of common errors. Forgive me if you've checked any of these already, I don't know what you have and haven't done already lol. And I'm going to assume it's for a GA coat - I have little experience in landscapes I'm afraid.

Make sure the background is transparent.
Make sure the image you're trying to submit is the same dimensions as the original template.
Make sure the template is visible and unaltered, and that no part of the image is touching it - layering it above your coat can help in this.
Make sure you're saving in PNG-24 format with transparency.

It's been a while since I've been active here so this could have been fixed since, but I know it certainly used to be that submitting from IOS devices didn't work. So if there's nothing wrong with the image but you're uploading from IOS, it might be worth trying from a computer instead. Or this information could be completely out of date, I don't really know default smiley xd.
unicorncrazy
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I'll try to think of more to suggest for you but that'll have to be tomorrow, I'm somewhat tired right now default smiley xd.
unicorncrazy
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Does anyone have the link to the Black Pearl page? I can't see it now that submissions are closed, and I would like to look at the rules.
bloodredarabian
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Ignore my last post, I didn't notice the link at the very top. default smiley xd
bloodredarabian
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I would love some more info regarding this part of BP rules:

"mustn't include content that could be unsuitable for young players"



What exactly is classified as such content and what not (besides sexual content)? How about all these horrific creations in realistic style? Are heavily deformed and suffering depictions of equines allowed?
barbara von danzig
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Barbara: I think it's up to the player to decide if its offensive or not...(I am going after what I was told by contact us). There are players who will find everything offensive no matter how little real scary things you use.

As you said, sexual content is no since it isn't PG-rated.

Also with suffering equines? When it comes to decide if a creation is suffering it depends who looks at it...some people find it boring, others will see suffering, and another group just finds it creative and fun.


For example, this could be seen as partial suffering due to the wings (using own creations to show examples)

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Or this:

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(parts of the wings are gone, either ripped off or melted...some may think this coat is suffering because the wing is damaged. This is also a clean way to do extensive, non-creepy damage.

I guess extensive use of gore (visible open broken bones, legs pointing in wrong direction with stuff sticking out, basically think of slasher-movie that shows every single little muscle and how it looks like when objects...go through it) then that would be no. A lot of blood is also a no...


If someone find a coat that went wayy aboard,they can use the report button to state their case.Depending on how many people report it,the coat may or may not be removed from the voting/kept away from the game that round due to extensive gore.
shishi no seirei
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why is still horses set all possible cathegories thou they apparently are not draft?
Iam getting so fed up even vote when people cannot respect that draft horse is not what ever drawn horse.
rebekka
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rebekka wrote:

why is still horses set all possible cathegories thou they apparently are not draft?
Iam getting so fed up even vote when people cannot respect that draft horse is not what ever drawn horse.


Art skill differences. Some people see light drafts as horses that should be in draft category, and sometimes people are unable to get the right anatomy proportions of a draft.
shishi no seirei
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Can you submit a hand-drawn application for the BP? Thanks!
ilovearaps
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ilovearaps wrote:

Can you submit a hand-drawn application for the BP? Thanks!


As far you can move it over on the template and make the background transparent,yes!default smiley (y)
shishi no seirei
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So, if and when you create a golden apple coat, do you get to choose whether it's limited edition or not? If not, what is it based on? I don't quite understand why anyone would choose to have a limited edition coat, as you don't get as many passes for submission.

Also, what is meant by excessive airbrushing? When I use gimp, that's usually how I shade things. Is there some strict criteria for how much you can shade or airbrush? Or airbrushing around the horse? I don't really get it.
emmad333
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EmmaD333 wrote:

So, if and when you create a golden apple coat, do you get to choose whether it's limited edition or not? If not, what is it based on? I don't quite understand why anyone would choose to have a limited edition coat, as you don't get as many passes for submission.

Also, what is meant by excessive airbrushing? When I use gimp, that's usually how I shade things. Is there some strict criteria for how much you can shade or airbrush? Or airbrushing around the horse? I don't really get it.


When you submit your coat, you can decide if it is limited or not in the options. If you choose limited, you can choose how many copies there will be ( 100, or 200 or more) in the menu that pops up. And yes, while you get fewer passes for limited coats, people do that to create collectables with hopes of their coat becoming rare one day. They are like collectables figurines in McDonalds Happy Meal, or those in Kinder Eggs default smiley :)

Excessive airbrushing means you use the airbrush (soft brush) so much the coat looks blurry.

And no there is no criteria. The only thing you need to worry about is to make sure your coat doesn't look blurry. You can use airbrush as much as you want default smiley :)

I think Howse is forgetting that things that end up being blurry (after being painted with airbrush) end up looking like that due to creators lack of experience, or very limited one. You can paint entire picture with airbrush without making it look blurry.

If you are unsure if your coat looks blurry or not, you can post a WIP here and we will help default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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For people who submit coats when do you find out if the coat got through?
charliepuppy♥
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CharliePuppy♥ wrote:

For people who submit coats when do you find out if the coat got through?


on the 24th, around midnight (CET for me). Some people get it already in the morning on 24th.
shishi no seirei
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Holy moly, the thread got renewed!

I'm hella excited for next month because if I play my cards right I should be able to submit for the first time to the BP! I just actually have to produce something in that time frame... default smiley (o) Wish me luck!
darkflameoracle
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

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Is this a line art? If so how do you make the lines less evident, and how do you personally color the mane and tail i color on pixlr and this is the best i have gotten
Sorry for such a large file size :/
ducky
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Hey, Ducky! When I'm working on a lineart that isn't mine, like the one in my avatar, I tend to place it on another layer, lower the opacity to about 70% and work underneath it. This keeps the color of the painting showing through on the lines, which makes the lines appear softer and more in tune with the picture.

When I'm working on a painting I'm doing for myself, so like, working from sketch up, I tend to leave it on a rough sketch with a light SAI marker tool, and emphasize details, then merge those layers together. I then pick colors for my palette, usually from an image I find off the internet, and do my best to mimic shadows and color using variants of these. Tends to come out looking something like this (not a horse, I know, but it's my most recent painting style, and sorry for the huge file...)

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I only clean up the lines after I'm done with the painting itself, and I work on as few layers as I can to keep things clean. It forces me to think in terms of color and brush stroke.

I highly recommend looking into color theory to see what all you can learn on the topic, and using tutorials for painting in real life can really help you learn how to paint digitally! My favorite two artists for learning from on YouTube are Kienan Lafferty (who's really funny and encouraging) and Ahmed Aldoori (who's pretty chill about everything) -- check them out, they'll teach you a lot! Use your resources!

You got this!
darkflameoracle
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I have a question default smiley ;)

How does BP voting work? Does a creation have to get required number of votes or just creations that had most votes go through?
greased lightning
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Greased Lightning wrote:

I have a question default smiley ;)

How does BP voting work? Does a creation have to get required number of votes or just creations that had most votes go through?


Creations with most votes go through default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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But are all creation shown same number of times to players? or one can be shown more and other less?
greased lightning
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Greased Lightning wrote:

But are all creation shown same number of times to players? or one can be shown more and other less?


Each player can vote 50 times per voting day, and will see a selection of 3 each time - those 3 are random, so over all the players all the coats are seen equally.
raf's mum
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greased lightning
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Is it alowed to create a landscape with already made gradients and effects (which are in program that I use)?
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