[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:


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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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Starynight wrote:

looveeeee doing bays



It's beautiful! If you don't mind my asking what program do you use? I'm trying to find a different one to use. The one i've always used is getting outdated.
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rummington wrote:

It's beautiful! If you don't mind my asking what program do you use? I'm trying to find a different one to use. The one i've always used is getting outdated.


Gimp(free) and Photoshop(paid) are recommended.
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dogdude2424 wrote:




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


I like it. Needs more work done on it, but it's unique and pleasing. :]
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dogdude2424 wrote:




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


cuteeeee

i'd just use a small brush to refine it a little, but it's great!
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rummington wrote:

It's beautiful! If you don't mind my asking what program do you use? I'm trying to find a different one to use. The one i've always used is getting outdated.


I use SAI which is free default smiley (y)
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By Retired breeder, 10th June 2018 08:46:39
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It's not the best....What you think?

SOrry for bad english...
Retired breeder wrote:

It's not the best....What you think?


I think the neck is too thick, and that it could use another color (maybe some white patches here and there?), but honestly it's pretty awesome!!
kiyomice
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Retired breeder wrote:

It's not the best....What you think?

SOrry for bad english...


Great start!
I would maybe clean up the edges with a small eraser brush, just so it's smooth as small parts are jagged and a little blurry right now.
Great shading though!
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bored so doing a quick speed paint



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Starynight wrote:

bored so doing a quick speed paint

I'm always so amazed with your drawings! I LOVE the way you color, you're so good at picking the colors! The contrasts are amazing. default smiley :d
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phönix wrote:


I'm always so amazed with your drawings! I LOVE the way you color, you're so good at picking the colors! The contrasts are amazing.


Thanks, the dodge and burn tool was a great invention.
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Starynight wrote:

Thanks, the dodge and burn tool was a great invention

I mean if I tried to use it, it wouldn't look as good haha
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phönix wrote:

I mean if I tried to use it, it wouldn't look as good haha


You don't need to use it, your coats are flawless default smiley xd I can never blend right or my dark colours *always* look off. I'm forever flicking back between Sai and PS to change the contrast and hue.
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Starynight wrote:

I can never blend right or my dark colours *always* look off.

???? looks waaaay better than anything I could ever do hahah

Starynight wrote:

You don't need to use it, your coats are flawless

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phönix wrote:

???? looks waaaay better than anything I could ever do hahah


You're aware that you're *the* phönix right? default smiley xd
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Starynight wrote:

You're aware that you're *the* phönix right? default smiley xd

Whatever that's supposed to mean default smiley (lol)default smiley (lol)
phönix
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Starynight wrote:

Thanks, the dodge and burn tool was a great invention.

You use the Dodge and burn? Most of the time you can clearly see the use of Dodge and burn and usually it looks horrible, but on your coats I couldn't tell those tools were used default smiley :o well done!

All the WIPs here look wonderful! Keep up the wonderful work y'all
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Bimmerd wrote:

You use the Dodge and burn? Most of the time you can clearly see the use of Dodge and burn and usually it looks horrible, but on your coats I couldn't tell those tools were used default smiley :o well done!


Yeah, i do my base colours and shades and then burn the shadows in, just cos that way its smoother.
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Hey! I know its not a coat but I was hoping to get feedback on this sketch I did in summer school today. Its supposed to be a capriole.
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Waiting for CS results is torture default smiley (li)
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hi everyone how are you? loving Howrse right know!!default smiley (a)default smiley (l)
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AudreyRB wrote:

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Hey! I know its not a coat but I was hoping to get feedback on this sketch I did in summer school today. Its supposed to be a capriole.


Love it! Only thing is I think the far side back leg needs a re-position: since the horse is pretty square on sideways to the viewer it needs to attach to the horse behind it's pair, and if it's in a similar position you'd hardly see it at all.

You should think about adding some colour and submitting it.
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Audrey,looking good! redlined the problems. Your skills have improved a lot since last time I saw your art!
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