[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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One of my friends asked me if I can post in her name because she don't speak English but she likes to draw horses a lot ... So here are few of her horses and she wish to know what do you guys think of her art and if she have to fix anything :





nyx ulric
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Nyx Ulric wrote:

she wish to know what do you guys think of her art and if she have to fix anything

I think your friend's art looks really good already! I don't think there is anything that should be 'fixed', though I would advise your friend to use different shading colors. Right now (looking at the brown horses) she uses a darker shade of her base color for the shading. It's not wrong, but using different colors for the shading (more red-ish browns, even purples, and also yellows for highlights) can make them look a lot more interesting, unique and more 'alive'.
Your friend has a good base, so it can only get better. Keep up the great work default smiley (y)
bimmerd
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I'm a bit confused on how to use / where the template is for the Golden Apple! Anyone able to help"?
fizzlesoda
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fizzlesoda wrote:

I'm a bit confused on how to use / where the template is for the Golden Apple! Anyone able to help"?


Click on the "black pearl"-link in Ow`s post default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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Why isn't it allowed to make landscapes/coats inspired by a fandom?
I can't see why fanart is against the rules...default smiley :s
gilrin
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Gilrin wrote:

Why isn't it allowed to make landscapes/coats inspired by a fandom?
I can't see why fanart is against the rules...default smiley :s


It's because of copyright. If you use something that is copyrighted, those who own the content could sue Howrse for selling their product/idea/mm without their consent and getting rich at it.

Also, there is a big difference between inspiration and using existing content. Let's say you get inspired by an anime show or a superhero.
What you can do is:

*do a spider-related horse as far no patterns or symbols can be linked to Spidermen. Using the same clothing spidermen is using is a no-no.

*Draw your coat/landscape in a cartoony style, use cell-shading mm.


Inspiration = get an idea of something that exists, but not using the existing content to create your work. At least on Howrse.


I had one coat made that was inspired by the ending of Final Fantasy VII (it is in the game). However, the said coat has nothing trademarked/copyrighted content itself and cant be linked to the game. Also, that isn't a character made into a horse (with many people would probably claim it was default smiley (lol)).


Inspiration is fine,as far you dont rip-off the exact idea from something.
shishi no seirei
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By Retired breeder, 25th May 2018 21:46:44
censurer This message has been censored since it does not follow the forum rules.
This isn't the place to accuse others of cheating. If you wish to report a coat, then you can do so using the report button on the voting page, and providing evidence of such.
raf's mum
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By Retired breeder, 30th May 2018 13:55:34
default smiley (y)default smiley (k)default smiley :-))
censurer This message has been censored since it does not follow the forum rules.
Sorry, but this is not the place to post finished and submitted images - this forum is for advice and critique for when the images are not complete, and haven't already been sent in to the creation space default smiley (y)
raf's mum
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Does anyone know a good a good program for removing the background on creations? Thanks in advance!
maymay2000
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MayMay2000 wrote:

Does anyone know a good a good program for removing the background on creations? Thanks in advance!


The first obvious response is always Photoshop (not free), but I know people who use GIMP (free program) to remove backgrounds. Unfortunately removing backgrounds is tedious no matter with program one uses...
shishi no seirei
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current wip, first wip in over a year





*desperate for passes clearly*

cute lines by jasfai-arts
starynight
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Starynight wrote:

current wip, first wip in over a year





*desperate for passes clearly*

cute lines by jasfai-arts


I was just about to bug ya and see if you made any coats recently. Those look great default smiley :d Love this combo of blue as shading on a bay horse.And your way to create light will make this really crispy once this one is done default smiley :d
shishi no seirei
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Re the frame lines at the edge of the ray template: is the drawing supposed to go over them or not?

Thanks...
rowangreen
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Ah... think the answer is yes. Blow... Guess who's got some slight re-sizing to do!
rowangreen
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I meant it's not meant to go over the frame...
rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

I meant it's not meant to go over the frame...


No its not meant to go over the frame. However,its good you are making the background smaller to fit the frame rather than making it bigger,it keeps it sharp and nice default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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& onto another

starynight
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Thanks Shishi. Have to wait and see if people like it!
rowangreen
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looveeeee doing bays

starynight
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They are so great Starynight!! I wish we still had a good place to discuss coats! I miss seeing everyone work
astriola
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Astriola wrote:

They are so great Starynight!! I wish we still had a good place to discuss coats! I miss seeing everyone work


I agree!
starynight
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How is this image for a background? I added the letters so it isn't stolen
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