[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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What is the best way to make money fast in this game?
e.skille
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e.skille wrote:

What is the best way to make money fast in this game?


Read the instructions and plan carefully... you should ask this in the Gameplay forum.
rowangreen
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i feel as if my style is too cartoonish for me to get this passed, but what do you guys think?
brianna100
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oops didnt work first time
brianna100
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Cartoonish doesn't mean bad! There is a lot of simple and less detailed work in GA and HR, but all of them are lovable default smiley :) And your unicorn is so cute it may need cuteness warning!
shishi no seirei
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I love the candy in the tail brianna default smiley :) its cute
whitetiger
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The bow in the hair adds a lot of the cuteness as well! I think it's put together well
kylienoack
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thanks everyone! I'll update again when i color it UwU
brianna100
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Hi everyone, it's been a long while since I've played actively on Howrse. What are the categories for black pearl submission? I can't seem to find it in FAQ.

I know there's Horse, Pegasus, Unicorn. Are there any more? Will Draft be it's own category, or included in the ones already available?

Hope to show some creations soon default smiley :)

Thanks!
burked173
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burked, they just did an update to change and add more categories today - go to the sales page and look at the species drop down list...
gaff
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One of these days i'll get round to finishing my Pompeii wip...

starynight
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ooh, perfect. Thanks gaff! things have definitely changed
burked173
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Hi default smiley :d
What do you think? Inspiration for this horse was a penguin
ájíkas
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Pompeii and Penguin both look great!
rowangreen
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ájíkas wrote:

Hi default smiley :d
What do you think? Inspiration for this horse was a penguin


Oooh i love this!
starynight
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Can anyone help explain how to submit a GA coat correctly? I have finished my first GA coat to submit and have transferred it into a PNG file but I don't understand how whether you have to upload it in the template square and how it is best to do this?
Many thanks for any help default smiley (l)
hoof_beats
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wip//




experimenting with different coat colours default smiley (lol)
starynight
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Can someone PM me how they access photoshop or gimp? Mine wants me to pay but I know there is a way to get it for free. Thanks in advance
acw917
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acw917 wrote:

Can someone PM me how they access photoshop or gimp? Mine wants me to pay but I know there is a way to get it for free. Thanks in advance


GIMP is free.

Photoshop you have to pay monthly.
starynight
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Thought I'd post an update on my leaves and flowers background. Still lots to do, but hope you like it!

rowangreen
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Starynight wrote:

experimenting with different coat colours


I love the spots! I need to branch out a bit more - I love how you have made the coat look so natural.

Suddenly with like 24 hours to deadline the coat bug has bitten! Since my government has effectively locked us at home for quarantine I do have enough time. I'm currently working on a draft pegasus but may add a horn for submission. Though the wings are taking an age. default smiley (lol)
emmakate66
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Starynight wrote:

One of these days i'll get round to finishing my Pompeii wip


This will be gorgeous - the idea is awesome.
emmakate66
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Hi, i send this landscape. Hope u like it default smiley ^)
btw good luck default smiley (l)
pusik553
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Where can I find the template? for golden apple
whitetiger
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WhiteTiger wrote:

Where can I find the template? for golden apple


template:
https://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/gabarits/pomme/modele.png

you can find it here: https://www.howrse.com/marche/noir/object?qName=perle-noire
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