[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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Last time I post this image as I'm done,

dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

Last time I post this image as I'm done

I'm glad to see someone drawing a donkey looking like a donkey, not a horse with longer ears and a lion tail.

Background for my newest coat. Inspiration were Death Valley and Monument Valley, these places bring to my mind classic western themed landscapes. It would be very hard to make a background for a bit indian horse not influenced by them. C:
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I'm not sure what to do after this one, a beach background tempts me just as much as a cute donkey. Both 'cathegories' definiately need some love. :/
sikora
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Sikora wrote:

Background for my newest coat. Inspiration were Death Valley and Monument Valley, these places bring to my mind classic western themed landscapes. It would be very hard to make a background for a bit indian horse not influenced by them. C:


Your artwork floors me everytime default smiley (7)
starynight
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WIP update, I should finish it tommorow morning.
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Starynight wrote:

Your artwork floors me everytime default smiley (7)

Awww :3 thx
sikora
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The donkey looks super adorable. Really love the colors! The blue highlights give it a pearl-ish look default smiley *-)


@Sikora, that background looks stunning already default smiley :o And so does the coat!!
bimmerd
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Hey everyone!

I kinda disappeared for a while but I am back! First of all thanks @Shishi no Seirei and DirkSteinmann for the redlines and RowanGreen for the critique! I colored it and sent it in. I was going to show it but I already submitted it... oops.

ANYWAY, for once, I didn't have any problem submitting it, but then after i submitted it and all that, I got a notification at the top of the screen saying that I submitted it and that I could now complete verification steps with a link. Me, being me, didn't click it in time and then it went away. So, I'm curious, is this important and, if so, how do I find it again?
audreyrb
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Sikora wrote:


I'm glad to see someone drawing a donkey looking like a donkey, not a horse with longer ears and a lion tail.

This ^
Well done DirkSteinmann, we need more donkey-like donkeys default smiley (y)


Btw, I came here to share this pretty sketch I just did before I'll ruin it completely default smiley (lol)

barbara von danzig
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Barbara von Danzig wrote:

Btw, I came here to share this pretty sketch I just did before I'll ruin it completely default smiley (lol)

Yass, more dokey-dokeys! :3 I like it.
Bimmerd wrote:

@Sikora, that background looks stunning already default smiley :o And so does the coat!!

Thank you, both are sent and waiting for the voting. :v
sikora
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AudreyRB wrote:

Hey everyone!

I kinda disappeared for a while but I am back! First of all thanks @Shishi no Seirei and DirkSteinmann for the redlines and RowanGreen for the critique! I colored it and sent it in. I was going to show it but I already submitted it... oops.

ANYWAY, for once, I didn't have any problem submitting it, but then after i submitted it and all that, I got a notification at the top of the screen saying that I submitted it and that I could now complete verification steps with a link. Me, being me, didn't click it in time and then it went away. So, I'm curious, is this important and, if so, how do I find it again?


You dont need to click that popup at all.Never done it because I always miss it...pretty sure they mean the rules that apply to Black Pearl and Creation Space. Kind of silly since the art was already submitted...default smiley (lol) Ah well,Howrse logicdefault smiley xd
shishi no seirei
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

You dont need to click that popup at all.Never done it because I always miss it...pretty sure they mean the rules that apply to Black Pearl and Creation Space. Kind of silly since the art was already submitted...default smiley (lol) Ah well,Howrse logicdefault smiley xd


Ok thank goodness default smiley xddefault smiley xd Thank you!!
audreyrb
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I had the same worried moment when I submitted mine! Funny, I never noticed it last month.

Could have done a lot more 'finishing' on my effort this month. I really have to get a tablet: using a mouse I seem to do and redo every line about 10 times! I CAN draw better on paper lol
rowangreen
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Shishi no Seirei wrote:

.pretty sure they mean the rules that apply to Black Pearl and Creation Space.

Nope, the link leads to the page where you can see your submitted coats. So you can check the category and the thumbnail, and of course the status of your creation.
But indeed, no problem if you don't click default smiley (y)
bimmerd
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When I played as BucketHead (don't know if anyone remembers me) it was ok to put up line arts for others to colour, is that still allowed?
dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

When I played as BucketHead (don't know if anyone remembers me) it was ok to put up line arts for others to colour, is that still allowed?


Of course i remember you!!!! Welcome back default smiley (l)


& yes
starynight
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I remember you also! It's good to be back but this thread seems a lot quieter than I remember it to be which is quite sad.



I'm currently colouring this but am possibly going to make a few linearts for people to colour if they want to. default smiley :)
dirksteinmann
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Yes! Please someone draw some decent donkey coats. I’ve nearly run out of decent coats to put on my donkeys. The ones left are ugly things that don’t even look like donkeys.
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WIP... wanted to try out a draft. Supposed to be a suffolk punch. Any critique/recommendations? I feel like it looks a bit pony-like..
audreyrb
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AudreyRB wrote:



WIP... wanted to try out a draft. Supposed to be a suffolk punch. Any critique/recommendations? I feel like it looks a bit pony-like..


The streched-out front leg (that is closest to the viewer) needs to be longer. The white dot-marking looks a little off . Front legs should be also thicker.
Here you have some bluelines :

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Otherwise I love the colours used here. Good job with the mane and tail, justkeep building up the colours and soon you will have nice mane and tail there default smiley :) I recommend using darker tones for the deepest shadows.Nice pose and overally good anatomy there.
shishi no seirei
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By Retired breeder, 8th July 2018 13:42:54
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I, personally, think the white marking on the face can be left alone. Since horse markings are not symmetrical default smiley :)
@Shishi no Seirei

Thank you for the bluelines! Should the base coat be blended more or is it better when its more rough looking?

Retired breeder wrote:

I, personally, think the white marking on the face can be left alone. Since horse markings are not symmetrical default smiley :)


I can actually see what they're talking about though... The star kinda looks like it's partially on the side of the face and that just doesn't happen haha.
audreyrb
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AudreyRB: don't think you need to blend. This rough look looks nice, and the colors are pretty close to each other. If you blend it more it may start to look smudgy.

If you want you can add another layer and put in darker colours for shading and lighter/brighter colours for light. right now the colours are very similar to each other with isn't bad, but if you use more variety in colours (bigger jumps between light and dark colours) your horse will gain more contrast. You have however made a great base, and once you finish it I'm sure it will look great default smiley :)

Don't know with program you are working in, but don't be afraid to go crazy with colours when you shade/add light! Just make sure to use new colours on new layers and if something goes wrong you can just hide/delete that layer without loosing this look default smiley :)
shishi no seirei
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jdean wrote:

Yes! Please someone draw some decent donkey coats. I’ve nearly run out of decent coats to put on my donkeys. The ones left are ugly things that don’t even look like donkeys.


Donkeys eh? I may give it a try. I have no ideas for horse coats (yet) so can as well try something new.default smiley :)
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Here's some donkey lines that people are free to colour
dirksteinmann
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Blimey that's quite big
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