[Updated] Black Pearl Clarification

The Black Pearl

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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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@Shishi no Seirei - the redline you've drawn for the back leg gives the horse a short twisted back. This is what I would suggest instead:

dirksteinmann
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This is something I've been painting. I am quite rusty with digital art but I'm using this as practise.
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DirkSteinmann wrote:



This is something I've been painting. I am quite rusty with digital art but I'm using this as practise.


Great start so far!
starynight
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CS results tonight default smiley <:o)
starynight
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Starynight wrote:

CS results tonight default smiley <:o)

the torture is over default smiley :d ALmost XD
Lets see how much I failed this month lol
shishi no seirei
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I can do art irl... but not digital... and it makes me sad cause I have lots of ideas... is there a way to take a picture of and remove the background of a sketch I did? If so, website link?
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wolfcat111 wrote:

I can do art irl... but not digital... and it makes me sad cause I have lots of ideas... is there a way to take a picture of and remove the background of a sketch I did? If so, website link?

You can do that default smiley :) As for websites I can't really help sadly default smiley :(
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wolfcat111 wrote:

I can do art irl... but not digital... and it makes me sad cause I have lots of ideas... is there a way to take a picture of and remove the background of a sketch I did? If so, website link?


Its possible on photoshop
starynight
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I’ll try that, ok thanks!
wolfcat111
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I just got my 2 passes refunded. Does that mean my artwork didn't get selected?
rowangreen
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RowanGreen wrote:

I just got my 2 passes refunded. Does that mean my artwork didn't get selected?

Sadly it does yes. Do check the BP status page. There should be a red cross, that means your creation didn't make it. Do check if there's a note under the cross (or when you hover over the cross with your cursor), if not, the creation didn't get enough votes, if there is a note, there was something wrong with the creation (quality issues or broken rule).
bimmerd
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Thanks, will do!
rowangreen
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Cross, no note!

I don't feel too bad. I'm dyspraxic and using a mouse so it was never going to be as neat and perfect as many of the landscapes on here! And ones I really liked haven't got through in previous months. So will keep trying! (I also ended up using A LOT of colour, so think it may have been a bit too Van Gogh for many!)

Sad I haven't got the passes I hoped to have for the next promo, but will keep trying...
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I wished I had 150 days seniority to be able to submit to the next black pearl but I'm going to be using my time to practice and come up with coat ideas. I've got a few ideas but does anyone have any suggestions?
dirksteinmann
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RowanGreen wrote:

So will keep trying! (I also ended up using A LOT of colour, so think it may have been a bit too Van Gogh for many!)

That's the spirit! And van Gogh made beautiful art, something can never be "too van Gogh" default smiley (b)

DirkSteinmann wrote:

but I'm going to be using my time to practice and come up with coat ideas. I've got a few ideas but does anyone have any suggestions?

And another great spirit default smiley (b) Maybe you could calculate in which month you can enter your first creations. If it's december, maybe you could make some christmas / winter inspired creations.
bimmerd
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Oh that's a good idea, thank you!
dirksteinmann
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It'll be November 14th. So, a winter theme coat would fit then, thank you Bimmerd
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I missed submitting month before last by one day. Very frustrating lol!

And Van Gogh only sold one painting his whole life. Love his stuff myself... Mine was nowhere near that good of course! And not really that similar, just colourful and a bit messy.
rowangreen
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i wish my sister played this game! she would make amazing sci-fi backgrounds I think would easily be voted in over and over. The talent on this site is amazing.
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I've decided to go for a donkey as my first submission in November. Before I start to colour it, how does it look?
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

how does it look?

Illegally adorable.
The part of the backleg from hock to fetlock looks a little bit too thick, or the hooves a bit too small (it looks a little bit out of balance proportion-wise) but other than that, I think it looks perfect.
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DirkSteinmann wrote:



I've decided to go for a donkey as my first submission in November. Before I start to colour it, how does it look?


OMG love
starynight
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Thank you both



I'm not sure if I like how this is looking
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DirkSteinmann wrote:



its so cute
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