[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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thats a very good idea default smiley ^)default smiley ^)
silke-sif petersen
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Awesome idea! default smiley (y)default smiley (y)default smiley (y)
delia1
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What do ya'll think of this? I'm thinking about submitting it next time.
rummington
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rummington wrote:

What do ya'll think of this? I'm thinking about submitting it next time.

I like it! Maybe try to scan it in if possible so that the wrinkles and shadows on the paper don't show.
dααé
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My fish theme coats (only sketches right now) default smiley :)
I've also made a dolphin coat which I started on before the fish theme came up, however seeing as it doesn't have gills I don't really think it's a part of the fish theme but I'm not sure default smiley xd
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vnkp
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VNKP: I love the one in the middle XD It is so weird but in a good way default smiley xd
shishi no seirei
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June for fish theme?

Drats, I already submitted a fish theme coat... since its MerMAY ...
Ah well, might try doing another one for next month too then default smiley :)
whitetiger
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Well. A little irrelevant since I still need 147 days on here, buuuuut, this is my work in progress for the plack pearl default smiley :-))

takΣ a chancΣ
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2 of the fishes are finished, going to start on the third one tomorrow default smiley :)
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vnkp
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VNKP wrote:

2 of the fishes are finished, going to start on the third one tomorrow default smiley :)
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I like the nemo! default smiley :-))
takΣ a chancΣ
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Here's a little something I started working on. It was funnier in my head. default smiley xd
asphy
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That's adorable!
blueribbonpony
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Dunno if my coats got in but someone did manage to get my lines in default smiley xd I have no clue who used it though..

*foxi*
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*Foxi* wrote:

Dunno if my coats got in but someone did manage to get my lines in default smiley xd I have no clue who used it though..



That coat is gorgeous actually. I'm pretty sure i voted for it.

Asphy wrote:

Here's a little something I started working on. It was funnier in my head. default smiley xd


This is MAD cute!
starynight
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Ok thanks for the message oh and I agree
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violetpalameno197
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Asphy wrote:

Here's a little something I started working on. It was funnier in my head. default smiley xd



ahaha I LOVE it! its so cute
whitetiger
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Asphy wrote:

Here's a little something I started working on. It was funnier in my head. default smiley xd

That is absolutely fab!
queenmango
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I released two coats for cancer awareness, I'm not sure if anyone has seen them.





They are both made to represent Alexa, the founder of Ribbons for Change.
They have a personal touch as my best friend got leukemia. default smiley (l)

Alexa died of cancer. We love you. default smiley (l)
queenmango
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@ QueenMango: those are cute! The first one looks a bit more finished?

Also I don't know if you know many ribbons have other meanings than for cancer? There's several there I wouldn't think of being for cancer. Here's a list of some ribbon meanings

Also in the UK, at horse events ribbons tied in the tail are used to warn people about a horse: if I remember rightly, red is for a horse that kicks, green is for a young, inexperienced horse that could be unpredictable and blue is for a stallion.

Not saying you shouldn't use ribbons as you have, but thought you should be aware not everyone will 'read' it that way!
rowangreen
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QueenMango wrote:

I released two coats for cancer awareness, I'm not sure if anyone has seen them.





They are both made to represent Alexa, the founder of Ribbons for Change.
They have a personal touch as my best friend got leukemia. default smiley (l)

Alexa died of cancer. We love you. default smiley (l)

I voted for the top one, didn't see it in the Creation Space though.
dααé
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Oml
Just needed to share bc I'm happy but confused.
I put in 10 coats for May and had one get through (yay!) but the thing is... I didn't have enough recent coats so I went digging through my files.. The one that got through is from over 3 years ago... and not one from like last month (i.e. the one in my avi)
So that's funny XD

QueenMango wrote:

I released two coats for cancer awareness, I'm not sure if anyone has seen them.


I really like the first one! =D <3
wolf of the north
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Lines by *Foxi* default smiley (l)
starynight
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So i found this ancient marker piece I did ages ago. It is a traditional piece that is not great.. should I bother making it a coat or is it too boring? default smiley xd I need some opinions. Is the color too annoying? Would you know any ways of changing the color tones??

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*foxi*
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*Foxi* wrote:

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I really like it.

I like that it's a bit more of an obviously drawn style. I think in that style the colours are fine.

Voters do seem to like horses wearing jewellery or tripping over their own hair. But personally I like the simple horses too if they are well done. If you were going to add something, maybe another animal or bird rather than ornaments? Or realistic ornaments such as a rosette?

So I'd put it in as is (except for deleting the white edge of course!)
rowangreen
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RowanGreen - Thank you! I really like your idea of the rosette! I think I will put a winners sash on him default smiley :d Awesome idea!
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