[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

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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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Question for all the digital art creators. The template for the black pearl is 400x400, that seems insanely tiny. Are you required to keep those dimensions and if yes, how do you get such high quality images?
journey13
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Journey13 wrote:

Question for all the digital art creators. The template for the black pearl is 400x400, that seems insanely tiny. Are you required to keep those dimensions and if yes, how do you get such high quality images?


I normally work on around 1600px and then resize. I ALWAYS sharpen when i resize, not drastically so that it's hella pixelated but enough that details pop. And yes, your coat must fit in 400 x 400px.

Usually with my coats, because my style is quite cartoony and not realistic at all, my coats often look better in format.

For example -->

Mellifluous full sized:

Mellifluous for format:


I know before, Phonix for example said she works on like 3000px because she can add a lot of detail, but her coats are super realistic so it really depends on your style.
starynight
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@Starynight
Thank you! I'm not very experienced with digital art so this is super helpful default smiley (l)
journey13
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Journey13 wrote:

@Starynight
Thank you! I'm not very experienced with digital art so this is super helpful default smiley (l)


Feel free to message me if you need help or anything
starynight
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wip



If anyone used corel painter and feels like being kind, please message me your brush settings. Finding it super difficult to replicate my usual PS settings.
starynight
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bleh, don't like corel default smiley (lol)

starynight
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Corel aside, it came out great! I love the way you shade with colors.
arula
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new wip,
krita is way nicer default smiley (lol)



basic shading on head and neck so far
starynight
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I wish i could edit but i cant so i guess that ok lol
kinleyshaw3
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I don't know if I'm the only one, but I feel like my illustrations get blurry and loose texture? Get pixelated? I just feel like a lot other illustrations are much smoother? default smiley :s
bjaellehat
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Bjaellehat wrote:

I don't know if I'm the only one, but I feel like my illustrations get blurry and loose texture? Get pixelated? I just feel like a lot other illustrations are much smoother? default smiley :s


When you resize or just in general?
starynight
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Stary those looks great! default smiley :d
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

Stary those looks great! default smiley :d


Thanks default smiley (7)
starynight
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Hm..ideas ideas...maybesomething rain-based.No snow around here,and summer temperatures as well XD Maybe leopard coat. Or flaxen roan. Flaxen roan tobiano...? Or fantasy? *has 100 ideas*
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

Hm..ideas ideas...maybesomething rain-based.No snow around here,and summer temperatures as well XD Maybe leopard coat. Or flaxen roan. Flaxen roan tobiano...? Or fantasy? *has 100 ideas*


I defo think you should do a liver leopard knab, or anything spotty tbh
starynight
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I mostly draw and shade horses by hand with a soft pencil, and I don't have any experience doing shading digitally. Do you think it'd be worth trying importing a pencil-shaded horse and maybe adding color digitally? Or would that look bad / wrong for the game?
arula
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Arula wrote:

I mostly draw and shade horses by hand with a soft pencil, and I don't have any experience doing shading digitally. Do you think it'd be worth trying importing a pencil-shaded horse and maybe adding color digitally? Or would that look bad / wrong for the game?


There's quite a few traditional horses on that game that have been scanned in. I say give it a go!
starynight
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Oh great, I'm glad to hear it, thanks! I'll give it a shot.
arula
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Hey im having trouble uploading my halios ray for the black pearl its saying it doesnt have the correct format even though i know it does, its not my first one iv submitted soi know how it works im just so confused.

its jpg, has the correct template the black border is showing and i just dont know what else it wants from me
below is what im trying to submit
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pony10girl
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@ Pony10girl: hope you managed it! It can be really fussy about the border. What worked for me is I opened the template into Gimp, copied the background on to a new layer, selected the middle and deleted it. Then I can put the layer with the border on top of my picture.

Anyway, really like that background, so if not this month I hope you get it in next!

I had some luck selling horses this month, and want to save for the next event, so I had a fair bit available for the bank of the black pearl this month. I actually got 6 in: 2 coats and 4 backgrounds. Only one new background though! I've been working on something that's looking really good, but it's not finished. So that will have to be next month! But I also had a jokey idea I'd sketched out. So last 15 minutes (seriously...) I pretty much did it! Of course it's awful, but I hope it's fun awful and will give people a laugh! It's last in the landscapes.

If that ends up being the first thing that I actually get through I'm going to laugh and cry! But I think I'm probably safe: even if it gets voted for I don't think Howrse will pass it!
rowangreen
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Arula wrote:

I mostly draw and shade horses by hand with a soft pencil, and I don't have any experience doing shading digitally. Do you think it'd be worth trying importing a pencil-shaded horse and maybe adding color digitally? Or would that look bad / wrong for the game?


I've done it before. If you do it right, it can look pretty good. I always import the pencil drawing, remove the background [which can be tedious], set a new layer to multiply, and color on that. I definitely suggest shading it a bit with different colors, and not just going flat brown, for example.
Here's one I did last year [not the best, but it was pretty quick for a school project]:
wolf of the north
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[sorry for the large image, forgot to put it in a spoiler banner]
wolf of the north
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Didnt manage to get it in this month so fingers crossed for next month i did however manage to get one of my coats through
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Im in the mood to draw today but im running out of inspiration default smiley :(
pony10girl
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Wolf of the North wrote:

I've done it before. If you do it right, it can look pretty good. I always import the pencil drawing, remove the background [which can be tedious], set a new layer to multiply, and color on that. I definitely suggest shading it a bit with different colors, and not just going flat brown, for example.
Here's one I did last year [not the best, but it was pretty quick for a school project]:

Oh awesome, the pencil shading looks like fur texture under the coloring - it came out great. Thank you for the tips!
arula
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Wow, everyone on this page is doing gorgeous stuff! Hopefully they will all get through. Next month if not yet submitted!

Thought I'd post the background I'm working on.

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I used to do a fair bit of 'pen and wash' work when I was at school (dark ink outline, and then washing over colour), so wanted to get that effect on this, and I'm liking it so far. Still got the flowers to colour (they are actually in front of the leaves....), more leaves, more stems, probably some buds. I originally intended to do a background landscape with a castle visible behind the horse, but I'm thinking I might leave the background blank and just have it as a flower border... have to see how it goes.

It's easy to spend a lot of time on art! Yesterday I spent over an hour going round deleting the colour that had got outside the borders on the leaves (I left some that will be behind flowers...), and my hands were so painful from holding the mouse! That's the point I decided it was not going in yesterday....
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