[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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Stunning as always default smiley (l)
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hello howrse people!! I hope everyone as a GOOD day and smiles!default smiley (l)default smiley :pdefault smiley :d
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madsroxy wrote:

@alina: that coat is absolutely beautiful!

hey all! getting back into drawing horses (i used to be OBSESSED when i was younger default smiley (7) ) here's a simple sketch i did tonight. would anyone be able to give me feedback on proportions/shading?


I love it! I think the back left leg is a little wonky looking, just how the other leg overlaps it and creates a weird angle.
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hello yall
elle6
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what programs are you all using to create these days? Are there any good free or lower priced software?

Also looking at a drawing tablet. Any recs?
gaited splendor
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Gaited Splendor wrote:

what programs are you all using to create these days? Are there any good free or lower priced software?

Also looking at a drawing tablet. Any recs?


Krita is good and free.

Tablets? Wacom or Huion
starynight
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Okay so we all know plagiarism is a big no-no, however, does recreating an old art piece with a different art style (eg recreating a 5 yr old artwork with your extra 5yrs of drawing experience) and submitting it count as plagiarism?
Just wondering default smiley ^)
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amandean98 wrote:

Okay so we all know plagiarism is a big no-no, however, does recreating an old art piece with a different art style (eg recreating a 5 yr old artwork with your extra 5yrs of drawing experience) and submitting it count as plagiarism?
Just wondering default smiley ^)


If its yours, then yes thats allowed.
starynight
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Hello I've tried doing a drawing of a heavy horse breed / draft horse
I used horses doing the piaffe as a reference, and then changed the legs so it has a more forward motion.
After that I added feathers and gave it thicker legs default smiley :)
I will probably change the mane and tail later on, but that was only to get an idea of what it'd look like with those default smiley :)

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vnkp
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Hello again

I started another one, but i won't finish the lines till tomorrow, haven't done anything else on the other coat yet as I couldn't concentrate default smiley (lol)

This is going to be a rearing draft / heavy horse breed once it's finished. I'll be fixing the size of the head / bind legs tomorrow, as something is a little off about the size.
References from Google default smiley :)
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vnkp
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@VNKP that looks amazing! I really love the first one, such lovely proportions. The second one is great too but I think you're right that the legs are a bit skinny for such a strong body default smiley (lol)

You've got great style!
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Got one coat ready for Shire unicorns default smiley (7)
starynight
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VNKP wrote:

Hello again

I started another one, but i won't finish the lines till tomorrow, haven't done anything else on the other coat yet as I couldn't concentrate default smiley (lol)

This is going to be a rearing draft / heavy horse breed once it's finished. I'll be fixing the size of the head / bind legs tomorrow, as something is a little off about the size.
References from Google default smiley :)
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It looks good...but that horse have a big head
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Sometimes photographs distort the proportions on things. That could be what's happening with that draft, if you've followed the photo too closely!
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This is my first ever coat that I've made and I hope to submit it next month I just need to size it down and figure out how to put it in the template but i wanted to post it to see if there is any feedback be it positive or negative as i will try and tweak it a bit more if so

(I really want a leopard chimera but they havent added one yet so i made my own lol)
whitetiger
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I think I might just be blind but could someone toss me the HR template and dimensions? Thank you!
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WhiteTiger wrote:

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This is my first ever coat that I've made and I hope to submit it next month I just need to size it down and figure out how to put it in the template but i wanted to post it to see if there is any feedback be it positive or negative as i will try and tweak it a bit more if so

(I really want a leopard chimera but they havent added one yet so i made my own lol)


i love coats based off of animals! this looks so pretty!
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madsroxy wrote:

i love coats based off of animals! this looks so pretty!


Aw, thank you very much madsroxy default smiley ^)
whitetiger
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One more I've been working on, (spent a lot of time on this one lol)

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whitetiger
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how do you meet the size requirements without your artwork becoming blurry/pixelated?
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ᵉᵖʰᵉᵐᵉʳᵃˡ wrote:

how do you meet the size requirements without your artwork becoming blurry/pixelated?


I just slightly sharpen mine
starynight
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I’m not sure whether I understood the rules correctly. So each month we can propose up to 10 creations, but only one max with the highest votes can get accepted? Or is it theoretically possible that all 10 are accepted?
airstelle
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Airstelle wrote:

I’m not sure whether I understood the rules correctly. So each month we can propose up to 10 creations, but only one max with the highest votes can get accepted? Or is it theoretically possible that all 10 are accepted?


As far as I'm aware it's possible for 10 to be accepted. However that would be unlikely. It took me 18 months approx of submitting to get one through. Even some of the much better artists than me on this thread say they've had to submit things several times before getting them through.
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Airstelle wrote:

I’m not sure whether I understood the rules correctly. So each month we can propose up to 10 creations, but only one max with the highest votes can get accepted? Or is it theoretically possible that all 10 are accepted?


I don't think you can get multiples through anymore. I haven't seen anyone get more than one accepted in way over a year.
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