[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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@RowanGreen - thank you for the ribbon idea! I really like how he turned out x) Submitted and ready to go - the landscape is not mine and is not included in the coat ofc default smiley xd but I had to add the Alps for preview default smiley (l)

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*foxi*
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That is one huge ribbon! LOL. Looks good! Hope the voters like it!
rowangreen
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I am definitely voting for that if I see it! Love the more hand-drawn pieces.
dααé
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Okay, which one should I enter in?

#1:
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#2:


It's kinda hard to tell but #1 is a little less vivid more blue-colored, so I'm kinda leaning towards that one.
nash12
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I'm trying to finish this one but I'm lazy at the same time. default smiley (zzz) It's supposed to be a Sailfish for anyone that was wondering.

nash12
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Haha i am doing a similliar design (horse mermaid thing) and I too cannot be bothered finishing it default smiley xd
light breeze
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Hi! I'm glad everyone enjoyed my silly little idea default smiley xd so here’s the finished version default smiley :d
asphy
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I need help. I got around to doing some coloring on mine, but I'm stuck. For one, I was thinking of adding some gold/yellow on the hooves (because "The Flash" has gold boots) Then I couldn't decide whether I want the mane and tail to be red, black, or a red/gold mix. And there is something keeping it from looking.. alive. Thoughts are appreciated!
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emerald01
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Forgot to note that I'm planning to add lightning kind of going around the body and head, like he's conducting electricity... But that will be later.
emerald01
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Emerald01 wrote:

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I think part of it is because the highlights/main color/shadows are all different shades of the same hue, resulting in the monotone look. If you used something other than that bright red (brown? dark blue-ish?) for the highlights and shadows it would be more interesting. Definitely do gold highlights on the mane and tail though.
dααé
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Emerald01 wrote:

I need help. I got around to doing some coloring on mine, but I'm stuck. For one, I was thinking of adding some gold/yellow on the hooves (because "The Flash" has gold boots) Then I couldn't decide whether I want the mane and tail to be red, black, or a red/gold mix. And there is something keeping it from looking.. alive. Thoughts are appreciated!
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Like chenk0802 said, you could try giving him more shading with a brown or a dark purple and try highlighting with a lighter hue like pink or light red. (unless you are trying to do cell shading in which you could try something a little like this)

You could also give him more movement by making the mane wavier, and try adding dark points around his muzzle, ears, and legs.
Here is a reference for the colors and shading you could possibly use this picture if you want to.
nash12
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@Emerald01: I was taught as a kid that you put the 'life' in something by adding a speck of white to the eye, to give it a shine. Crude trick maybe, but I think it does work!
rowangreen
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If you do a "Flash" horse, it may be a good idea to not to only have gold on the hooves, but also have a gold lightning shaped mark on it's forehead. If you already did this, sorry becuase I'm not able to access the photo!
topazfox
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how do you create a special coated horse?
blueblue
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blueblue wrote:

how do you create a special coated horse?

Do you mean "give a horse a special coat"? Or make a coat for the Golden Apple?
nash12
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@ nash12 - Love the ghost horsies but to be honest the difference between them is no too significant so either one will be good! I also love your hippocampus, the pose is fantastic!

@ Lucija2597 - I love your style and the coat is hilarious!

@ Emerald01 - I do think it would be cool to add the lightning bolt and definitely a lot more gold to make him look like the flash! I totally agree with nash12 advice. I think cell shading would really fit the drawing as you are basing it on a comic.

Last minute drawing because it is pride month! Not perfect but my hand hurts and I do not wanna edit anymore but will have to do default smiley :p

*foxi*
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anyone wanna bet i don't get this finished in time? default smiley :p



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starynight
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Starynight wrote:

anyone wanna bet i don't get this finished in time? default smiley :p



Lines by *Foxi*

You can do it! It looks amazing by the way.
dααé
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Hello! I sent these for this month

caäy
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Caäy wrote:

Hello! I sent these for this month


They are lovely!
dααé
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Hi! Here I am again default smiley :)
I Made a new coat in a different style. What do you Guys think about it? This is my second try on making a GA coat.

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ichihoshihikaru
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Hi there,

It's so nice, to see all the beautiful creations here default smiley (7)

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I was so happy that my corona Howrse with the toilet paper made it through the voting in april.
I hope you and your beloved ones are still feeling well (:
I'd like to test my luck again this month. Here is a small preview:
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Good luck to all the creators!default smiley (l)

Nima
nima
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Think I might actually get my flower border background in this month! I think I've succeeded in producing something that took many hours but looks like it took about 5 minutes, lol. Spent several hours already today, and I think there's a few more hours to go on editing and tidying it up!



Unless I get some last minute passes it's all I'll be putting in this month. So no fish from me default smiley :s
rowangreen
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starynight
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Looking for help.

I've save as png - transparent background -
Image size is width: 295, height 300
Resolution 10.78x10.78
81 kb

It fits within the template.

The image keeps getting rejected as 'Your coat does not use the compulsory format'

Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance.
desertmorn
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