[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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This should be smaller
dirksteinmann
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Hello!, could I possibly get some critique on this drawing? (I'm not too worried about the proportions, however I am concerned about the texture, I have corrected the hind leg stepping over the tail.)
Thank you!default smiley :)

Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo
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Hi!! I recently started this work inspired by the city of Florence ... What do you think?
(I ask you why there is no such discussion in the Italian forum XD Thanks you)
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viserys
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@ Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo - It's quite messy and, in places such as the legs, blurry. I'm terrible at explaining so I can't offer much advice, sorry.

@ Viserys - I very much like the concept and look forward to seeing it finished. default smiley :)
dirksteinmann
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Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo wrote:

Hello!, could I possibly get some critique on this drawing? (I'm not too worried about the proportions, however I am concerned about the texture, I have corrected the hind leg stepping over the tail.)
Thank you!default smiley :)


SO CUTE!
Great coat, however here are some suggestions;

* Try and clean up the edges. At the top of the bum and on the extended front leg i can see some faint paint marks. I'd just go around the outline with a small eraser brush and clean up any marks and make it nice and crisp.
* Clean up edges of the tail

I personally really like the texture of it and it looks really fluffy and cuddly. The markings are cute and i love the antlers!

Viserys wrote:

Hi!! I recently started this work inspired by the city of Florence ... What do you think?
(I ask you why there is no such discussion in the Italian forum XD Thanks you)
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Great idea, a city i wish i could visit one day!
Lovely start, and i love how the 'cape' is attached to the top of the cathedral.
starynight
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Hi, I have seen coats in the voting stage that are the same general outline with different coat colors/markings. Is a player allowed to get one basic idea drawn up and simply change the color to submit it? Also, are you allowed more than one entry per month?
its funsize
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Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo wrote:

Hello!, could I possibly get some critique on this drawing? (I'm not too worried about the proportions, however I am concerned about the texture, I have corrected the hind leg stepping over the tail.)
Thank you!default smiley :)



Beautiful! It is beautifully done and a piece of art! My only critique is that the belly scoops too low at the front. Just a tad too low as it looks too large for the rest of the body. You are very talented! I LOVE the tail!!
its funsize
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Its Funsize wrote:

Hi, I have seen coats in the voting stage that are the same general outline with different coat colors/markings. Is a player allowed to get one basic idea drawn up and simply change the color to submit it? Also, are you allowed more than one entry per month?


There's no rule against changing the colour of your creation and submitting it multiple times and there's a 10 creation limit per player when submitting to the Creation Space.
dirksteinmann
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Hi, so I give my drawings for Howrse, some advice or criticism?
Achal-Teke unicorn
I am sorry for my English default smiley :d
akiyoshi
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Akiyoshi wrote:

Hi, so I give my drawings for Howrse, some advice or criticism?
Achal-Teke unicorn
I am sorry for my English default smiley :d


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Omg default smiley (7)

I literally can't criticize because it's better than anything i could ever do.
I love the colour of it, and the shading is beautiful, especially on the neck and face, i can't stop looking at it lol.

So incredible, gah default smiley (7)
starynight
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Thank you all for giving me criticism, I'll try my best on improving!default smiley (7)
Ƭhe lasɬ pinɬo
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Akiyoshi wrote:

Hi, so I give my drawings for Howrse, some advice or criticism?
Achal-Teke unicorn
I am sorry for my English default smiley :d


Love it! Really good drawing of the breed. I was looking at photos recently. I wonder if you could make the neck decoration (sorry I'm not sure what it's called) fancier? There are some lovely traditional ones for the breed.
rowangreen
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Thank you Dirk.default smiley :)

So here is my next question: how do you all go about this? I know you use gimp or Photoshop. Do you create an outline and layer it with paints and blend and make some slightly transparent layers to add depth and highlights? I'm curious about trying one and never, really understood how it is done. Thanks for your help!

And that Marwari? Oh wow. That is extreme talent. We need more coats like that.
its funsize
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Akhal-teke not marwari sorry. default smiley (lol)
its funsize
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@Its Funsize - People can do this many ways and while I'm not very good at explaining things I can show briefly what I do,

This is my current coat that I'm working on,


I'm painting over a lineart sketch (using many layers) like so,
[img]
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/462645932622872576/466615893326168077/unknown.png[/img]

Takes time, patience and practice but it's certainly worth it default smiley :)
dirksteinmann
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booo a broken link

dirksteinmann
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It can be doing using a drawing tablet (which can be expensive) or simply a mouse. I used to use a drawing tablet but am now using a mouse since I lost the tablet while moving.
dirksteinmann
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Ah, thank you. That makes sense. You have been very helpful. default smiley :) Thanks again!
its funsize
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dirksteinmann
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Roughly what is the size of the black pearl template in pixels? I don't have enough seniority for a black pearl yet to see for myself.
its funsize
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You don't need to have 150 days seniority to see the template default smiley :)



So long as the image doesn't touch the borders you're good to go
dirksteinmann
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

booo a broken link



Super cute, adore the shading so far
starynight
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DirkSteinmann wrote:

You don't need to have 150 days seniority to see the template default smiley :)



So long as the image doesn't touch the borders you're good to go


Thank you once again. default smiley xd I couldn't find that anywhere. default smiley (lol)
its funsize
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Critiques?

This is my first shot at gimp. Rough draft here. It needs sharpening, touch ups and details. For some reason the add image thing wasn't working out for me (I'm new to this aspect of howrse) so I just added a link. default smiley xd So I'll be playing around with it to get it looking more like a horse than a painting. I have much to learn of gimp. default smiley (lol)
its funsize
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I think for a first attempt it looks pretty good! It is however quite dark and the edges need to be cleaned up, well done though default smiley :)
dirksteinmann
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