[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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2005orrlet wrote:

at the end of the voting process will we be able to see how many votes we got??


No you don't get to see how many votes you got
starynight
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IchihoshiHikaru wrote:

Hi! I've made an unicorn coat and I wanted you guys to give me some feedback on it. I never draw horses and I'm bad at shading. When this is perfectioned I want to submit this coat on the NL server because I don't have enough days here. I hope it worked to put the picture here
https://imgshare.io/image/N6jBSY


That's cute! It does need some work, but you've shaded the mane and tail, so you can do it!

There are tips somewhere back in this thread on shading cartoon type images (I think it's cell shading?) and doing manes and tails. Haven't got time to look for them right now!

Also look at loads of pictures of horses for where to put the shading. Also details of difficult bits like eyes and legs/hooves.

Think twice about overdoing it though: I think you might be better keeping it simple.

Also at some point I always zoom in to about 400% and go round the edges: that way you can delete or add bits to any rough bits on the lines to get them smooth.
rowangreen
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dααé wrote:

So I know that hand drawn items can/have gotten in in the past, but have any pen-and-ink style ones passed? Thanks in advance!


I found this one in Creation Space! Though it looked pretty cool. I'm not sure if it's hand-drawn, but it looks like a pen and ink style.
nash12
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Hello!
i am relatively new to these forums

on the other hand I am starting a new layer, I hope you like it!

sang
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Sang wrote:

Hello!
i am relatively new to these forums

on the other hand I am starting a new layer, I hope you like it!



Holy cow! :O Well done that looks INCREDIBLE (the color choice, the shading.. he LOOKS SO much fancier than I thought he ever could)!!! One thing I would suggest is to make the eye a little bit bigger default smiley xd (thank you for using my lines, unfortunately they are a bit old and on the wonky side.. my eye drawing used to be awful)
*foxi*
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Omg did not know that I would find some creator of lines around here

Thank you very much, the truth is that I love your lines, I also did this a long time ago


Don't worry about instability x'D I'm honestly very bad at notary errors

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Are you currently doing lines? Since you say that this one is old, I imagine that maybe you have other more recent ones out there (?
sang
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@Sang - I have a few that I just put out, and I will try and redraw some old drawing of mine into new better lines. As always everything is on my Deviantart account default smiley :d
*foxi*
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How do/can we see if a coat we reported for being plagiarized? There's a coat in voting right now that's a cut out of this image:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpc53h_hBBf/
dααé
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What free programs do you guys use that work best, I've been using gimp and I like it but if I dont have wifi it is really pixelated which is annoying sometimes.
2005orrlet
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2005orrlet wrote:

What free programs do you guys use that work best, I've been using gimp and I like it but if I dont have wifi it is really pixelated which is annoying sometimes.

Try Krita or medibang, although I've only used krita I have a friend who recommends both.
dααé
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dααé wrote:

How do/can we see if a coat we reported for being plagiarized?


You'll have to comb through the submitted coats (you can see all the coats for voting once you have reached your vote limit). Do you remember which category the coat was in? I'm really annoyed because I voted for the that and it's sad to see that it is a stolen one. default smiley (n)
emmakate66
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EmmaKate66 wrote:

Do you remember which category the coat was in?

It's page 6 of the draft horses, I've reported it already but nothing has been done.
dααé
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They don't tend to remove things immediately. I think they only vet the coats that potentially get enough votes. There are always tons of wrong format/wrong category coats that stick around throughout the voting so I think they only check the ones that make it.
emmakate66
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@*Foxi* @Sang When I saw your guy's post that I was like, Ooo Free Lineart?!
So then this happened,
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Any critiques? Is there too much smudging?

Also, the Unicorn you drew is SO pretty! I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished! default smiley (7)default smiley (l)
nash12
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nash12 wrote:

@*Foxi* @Sang When I saw your guy's post that I was like, Ooo Free Lineart?!
So then this happened,
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Any critiques? Is there too much smudging?

Also, the Unicorn you drew is SO pretty! I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished! default smiley (7)default smiley (l)


Love it! Super ghostly. One thing I would do is look up shoulder anatomy and shade a little less "dramarically"? I know you are going for the dip between the brachiocephalicus (& deltoid) muscle and the triceps but maybe make the muscles a little more subtle instead of hvaing that one really thick line through the shoulder? (Not sure if I explained that well). Another thing is have you thought of using another shade instead of just white to make it pop a little more i.e light blue? Apart from that I love this take it looks fab!default smiley (l)
*foxi*
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@*Foxi* Okay, I see what you mean, I'll try blending those out a little more. (what can I say? I like my buff horsesdefault smiley (lol))

I actually tried to use a shade of purplish-grey, but it ended up looking blotchy on the JPG here:
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In the original, there's still that very slight tinge of purple, but it's kind of hard to see unless you invert it. I'll try to make it look a little less blank though. Thanks! default smiley :)
nash12
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heartland123g
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Those are great! I just can't seem to ever make mine realistic. I'm good at painting in real life but not so good at digital. Maybe I should try just painting one on a canvas and then uploading it and cutting out the background?
rummington
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Tried playing around with greyscale for the first time today, any tips/critique on this guy would be much appreciated default smiley (l)

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amandean98
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amandean98 wrote:

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Wow, I think that I should absolutely stunning default smiley (7). I think the only thing I would do is define the muscles a little bit more, other then that is is perfect default smiley :-))
light breeze
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Is there a free art program that people prefer to use for making landscapes?
nyghtraven
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rummington wrote:

Those are great! I just can't seem to ever make mine realistic. I'm good at painting in real life but not so good at digital. Maybe I should try just painting one on a canvas and then uploading it and cutting out the background?

I mean, that's kind of what I do, with a few exceptions of course. I paint mine with watercolor on Mixed Media paper, so it looks (somewhat) smoother. default smiley (lol)
nash12
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Yeah I was thinking maybe some hard paper type stuff to paint on so the texture of a canvas doesn't show.
rummington
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Attention all creators,

We have launched a challenge for June’s creation space session on our Instagram. We invite you to follow the theme “Fishes” for some of your submissions.

More information can be found using this link directly.
zowey
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Good Idea! I've always wanted to draw a Clownfish or a Koi horse!default smiley :d
nash12
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