[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

The Black Pearl

You need at least 150 days of seniority and 5 karma points to use the Black Pearl.

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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Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but what canvas dimensions would be optimal when submitting a golden apple coat?
heathenfrens
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I'm not sure I understood the question but it has to get in the template so the optimal dimensions are when your coat doesn't exceed from the template ^^

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I continued a little my green horse ^^

nylïha
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Nylïha,
Beautifully done z3
only advice i have is to take in different tones of green when you shade and light to make it pop out more. you could use yellowish colour to make the shine and maybe blue-green to shade (or blue,purple..).Just go nuts! (unless everything is done on one layer...XD
shishi no seirei
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Thank you !

And yes I know, this is my huge weak point, I'm trying to work on it x) I guess I will add different tones at the end as always ^^
But yes everything is on the same layer, I use different layers only for the mane and tail and hooves default smiley :)
Thanks for your advice !
nylïha
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And my passes are back again.... Hope the rest of you who submitted got better news!
rowangreen
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Hi!
I have another account on the hungarian server, and will propose some creations in Jaunary. I recreated some of my old landscapes, and I made some new ones. The old creations are on the left side, and the new ones on the right. And at the bottom of the picture you can see one of my first attempt to create a landscape. default smiley <:o)

So here is how I improved:


However I'm not sure I will propose the galaxy landscape, because I saw that a really similar creation was selected in December. I hope this post is't against the rules
nightmare99
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I want to submit a GA coat but I don't think my art style is very good... Anyone have any tips or anything?
kittygirl03
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I would like to submit a GA creation this month, what are the requirements? Sizing, transparency, etc
juniper.
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I've been practicing since I was last on here, and I'm excited to reach 150 days next year as I have many ideas for backgrounds!
syelfavaki
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Syelfavaki wrote:

I've been practicing since I was last on here, and I'm excited to reach 150 days next year as I have many ideas for backgrounds!

Mind if I pm you some questions? I may make some backgrounds and you seem to be able to help me
kittygirl03
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I have made a background but have included cupids (only 2). Would they be considered people and not permitted? I don't do this often so don't want to break any rules. default smiley :)
dragonesplumas
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It's been awhile. But I have a draft of sorts for what might wind up being a Witcher-inspired coat series after binging the series on Netflix (that will be watered down to seem more generic fantasy LOL) and I went into this thinking "Geralt the Horse" -- thoughts, everyone? I'm not sure what I think of this sketch. I think there might be something wrong in the neck area.
darkflameoracle
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darkflameoracle wrote:



It's been awhile. But I have a draft of sorts for what might wind up being a Witcher-inspired coat series after binging the series on Netflix (that will be watered down to seem more generic fantasy LOL) and I went into this thinking "Geralt the Horse" -- thoughts, everyone? I'm not sure what I think of this sketch. I think there might be something wrong in the neck area.


I like it. Lots of character. I haven't seen the series so I can't comment on that.

I'm not great on proportions myself I think, but I think the neck is ok and maybe it's the chest/shoulder area that's a problem? Also you need to get your legs the same length!

Good luck!
rowangreen
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DragonesPlumas wrote:

I have made a background but have included cupids (only 2). Would they be considered people and not permitted? I don't do this often so don't want to break any rules. default smiley :)


It does say no humans, but are cupids humans? I'd submit it since you've already done it. They seem pretty loose on the rules (eg not having tack!). Other than copyright infringement I think the worst that can happen is it doesn't go through.
rowangreen
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how do you get a black pearl?default smiley (y)
ladylovehope486
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Hi guys. This is my first attempt at any kind of digital art but I had an idea and I wanted to try it out. I'm quite happy with my current progress. Thoughts? (Please keep in mind the face isn't done yet. I have a lot of work on shading and detail still) I also know I need 150 days seniority but there's no harm in doing some work while I'm waiting default smiley xddefault smiley :-))





crystal clear
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I always forget to look here - some great stuff!
ladylovehope, go to the creation space under the community tab, and it will tell you when the black pearl will be available again.
gaff
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I'm on DeviantArt and have a couple of horses that I do for an Equestrian Center of my own on there, the sketches are done by hand, loosely based on my own horses, when they are roaming in paddock etc, scanned, then digitally remade and colored.
Unnatural horses have elements that are based off other items in my surroundings, and I often take pictures of the bathroom floor (Natural stone) for shape inspiration.

Would these be acceptable for the creation space, despite them being used somewhere else?
Just ticking off my boxes to see if I should start on something new before I reach seniority for submission, as it takes me a very long while to create anything, haha, I get distracted easily. O.O

My Profiles:
(I'm in the process of moving my creations to the one under my real name, for professional purposes)

https://www.deviantart.com/ginajordanduarteGina Jordan Duarte

Gina Jordan Duarte Old Profile
razaranje101
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Razaranje101 wrote:

Would these be acceptable for the creation space, despite them being used somewhere else?


Many artists post their coats on DA and also submit for the creation space. As long as it is your art and you have permission to use the lineart (if you use one). Then you're alright.
emmakate66
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How do I vote for new horse skins?
avery_taylor22
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Avery_Taylor22 wrote:

How do I vote for new horse skins?


Creation>Community Space

Voting takes place every month from the 5th to the 14th.The specific GMT it begins and ends will differ based on your timezone. Not sure what the official GMTs are, but it'll tell you what yours on on the page I linked to above.
♕disneyqueen♕
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Nightmare99 wrote:

Hi!
I have another account on the hungarian server, and will propose some creations in Jaunary. I recreated some of my old landscapes, and I made some new ones. The old creations are on the left side, and the new ones on the right. And at the bottom of the picture you can see one of my first attempt to create a landscape. default smiley <:o)

So here is how I improved:


However I'm not sure I will propose the galaxy landscape, because I saw that a really similar creation was selected in December. I hope this post is't against the rules




i always wanted to try BLACK PEARl but never did I hopse so one day
xerelle
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darkflameoracle wrote:



It's been awhile. But I have a draft of sorts for what might wind up being a Witcher-inspired coat series after binging the series on Netflix (that will be watered down to seem more generic fantasy LOL) and I went into this thinking "Geralt the Horse" -- thoughts, everyone? I'm not sure what I think of this sketch. I think there might be something wrong in the neck area.


Excited to see this finished!
starynight
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EmmaKate66, thank you very much for the help, I appreciate it.
I don't use lineart, but prefer to make my own.
I'm terrible with manes and tails on the pc though, so I'm going to have to do that part last and do it when my tablet is fixed. default smiley ^)

Off to work, so I can post progress pics. default smiley ;)
razaranje101
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