Unableto choose black as dragon's colour

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Bumping because after 7 months this is still an issue. When can we expect this to be fixed? I had expected it to be fixed with the Hidden World update but it wasn't. It shouldn't be that hard to add black back in. I don't understand what the holdup is.

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I'm still pretty upset about this too. Like most of you all I have a Sand Wraith which I named after the night sky and I'm pretty sure the night sky is BLACK, not the darkest blue... What if they don't intend on briging black back??? O.o

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Back in January I pmed Brynjolf asking for an update on this issue and he told me that the team is aware of it and working on it so it seems they are working on bringing it back it's just a matter of when. The Hookfang skin was glitched for over a year before it was fixed so I'm wondering if this glitch is going to be here for a long time.

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Sad to say this but I think this glitch is here to stay for a while; we get the honey ("our team is aware of it and working on it etc) but not the mallet ("yeah, not our biggest priority/not even working on it"). Didn't we get a similar message when the FiFA (Fire-in-Flight Animations) were missing back when Rise of Stormheart came out? We all saw how long THAT took to get fixed. . .

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I agree. That's why I mentioned the Hookfang Look glitch. It was glitched well over a year before it was fixed. I just wish they'd be honest with us. A simple "We're aware of this but it's not top priority for us right now because we feel other things need to be fixed first, however, we will eventually fix it" would be ok with me. At least we'd know where everything stands. 

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Possible reason for no black

Slightly out there but idk it was just a lot clearer to me because of my background in traditional art lol

 

so the first rule to painting, colouring, etc. when doing traditional artwork (landscapes, still life, things like that) is no blacks. Black just tends to muddy up the artwork, and it never ends up looking good. What artists do instead of using black paint (but they really want that strong black) is use shades that are contrasting against most of the shades in the drawing and take the darkest colour of the contrasting shade (ie. if your painting is mostly warm red hues, take the darkest blue possible and then it will look like and feel like black due to contrast) Same for unsaturated greys, artists usually mix greens and reds and purples to an amount they feel matches the hue they want to go for. 

 

I haven’t had as solid a background in design than art (I taught design to myself) but I’m figuring that maybe in an attempt to make SoD more “advanced” was to introduce a variety of “blacks” so it matches the other tones! For example, if I had a Nadder and I themed it with warmer colours, I could choose if I wanted a lighter, blendier “black” (the “black” at the bottom of the red picker”) or a dark, “pitch black” (“black” at bottom of blue: contrast). I haven’t had as much of a black problem because of this and while I do wish we had pitch black, I’ve lost all sense of “real black” at this point due to excessive painting classes lol :)

 

Im not saying it justifies their actions (I mean, it was their way of trying to give y’all more of a choice in blacks, I think ? I don’t know. They might not have done that for that reason lol it might be me reaching) but this could be a reason (and a solution!) for y’all! 

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I've been told by an admin that the team is aware of the issue and working on it so it's definitely a glitch.

 

That's a nice possible explanation you came up with but it wouldn't make sense for them to remove black for this reason. This isn't an artistic game, it's a game based off of HTTYD and the target audience is kids. Most kids don't know anything about artistic stuff(what goes good together, contrasting colors, all that stuff). They just want to customize their dragon and they want a lot of different color options to choose from. Also, black animals exist in real life, black dragons exist in the franchise, and hair can be black(right now you can't even make hair black) so this alone would be a reason not to remove black.

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ooh I see

oh so it is a glitch!!

 

that’s actually such a valid reason! I just wanted to add the whole “no black in colour paintings” art rule into this discussion because I thought it was a possibility; some other things art students are also taught to notice is that everything that’s black in nature is actually not black but a variation of it (my hair is black (i’m East Asian) but it’s not actually black, just really dark brown, same for black horses/cats/other animals (ravens are a blue tinged black), toothless is navy tinged black, efc ) so I thought that was another possible explanation lol 

 

But year I’m over analyzing lol it’s definitely a children’s game and it’s strange not to have black as a colour option in a children’s game

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I respectfully disagree. Flat black could look really good when used on our dragons regardless of what you need to do to make it look good in a drawing. I know because I've used it before this issue with not being able to make things black happened. My best example is Gex the flamewhipper who has black stripes to add contrast to her otherwise bright colors. 

This wouldn't look as good with anything other then black in my opinion and I'm very glad I got to color Gex before black became unavailable.

 

Edit; Not very important side note. I did not take this picture specifically for this discussion. I just had it on hand because Gex is in a RP I am in.

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Oh yeah I should’ve been clearer lol

I can’t belive I wasn’t clearer, stupid me!!! ahhhh no no I love black on our dragons!!! black as a colour is something I do enjoy a lot, preferring the inking medium over more colourful still life paintings/dessins. black when painting (best example: watercolour) to shade stuff in paintings? NOT a fun time. But in other things, like inks and our dragons? BEAUTIFUL.

 

i guess I sort of tried to explain the no black in painting thing as a possible explanation? idk lol 

 

i do have a pitch black dragon too ( adult Nadder)  on my other account and I love my charcoal dearly lol :))

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Bumping because this is STILL an issue

Okay, but I am getting so fed up. My character has a back story as to why all her dragons are mainly black, but now it is next to impossible to handle with all the dragons being BLUE. She's a Night Rider, a NIGHT RIDER, a rider of dragons that blend into the NIGHT, as in black dragons. My sandwraith (Sandstorm, he's honestly the best dragon ever, I love him so much) is blue. He's supposed to be black with white spots, but he's blue. I tried to make a new character (another night rider) and her hair is blue! Please Admins, fix this.

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I wish they would give us an update on when we can expect this to be fixed. In 2 months this will have been an issue for a year. I just don't see how it could be that hard to add back a color that used to be in the game. I think I might be more ok with things if we knew where everything stood but as of now it's just a wait and see game.