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Lost at Sea by Mirz123 Lost at Sea by Mirz123
My entry for the Emoticon Opus Contest. Theme: Static Impact ---> [link]

When thinking about what I could do for this contest, my mind went back to an idea from about 6 months ago. When *Ravenswd was working on his entry for the February ETMC, he and I had toyed around with doing an emote lost at sea. He instead went with his Escape Pod theme (essentially a lost in space theme). [link] I made up my mind that I would eventually do the lost at sea idea.

I'm sure this could work as an animated piece, but I do think it's quite dramatic as a static. I tried so many different things with the water before finally settling on this technique. Some of you will see that I fell back upon my tried and true method of sky pixelling. While I tend to use those sunrise/sunset colors a bit, for this piece it was really necessary to set-off all of the blue. Though, I did use a slightly different dither technique this time.

Once I got the technique for the sea, the piece didn't take that long. About a half an hour overall.

*** :aww: As with most of my smileys, you may use this on and off dA, without my permission. The only thing I ask is that you keep the file name in tact and don't remove any credit information. If you do use it for something, it would be nice if you could comment and let me know. It encourages me to make more smileys if I know people are using/enjoying them.

Please note, this piece is NOT available for commercial use.***
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:iconwinter-stern:
Winter-Stern Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Such a nice scene - I like the waves - great!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Thank you so much. :heart:
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely darling!
Hugs,
Anj
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Aww, thank you. It's one of my favorite pieces, but not many people look at it. :heart:
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. I like it a lot.

BTW, I'm learning what to appreciate in pixel work from reading your features. Thanks for expanding my knowledge.
Hugs,
Anj
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Oh, that's so nice to hear. Pixel-art is really underappreciated. There are many technical things that make a piece stand-out. I'm glad that I can help you discover those. :hug:
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... I screwed something up big-time! I was trying to preview something to see if it worked and I guess I sent it instead. ANYWAY... you've used the "Have a nice day" emote and I think that one is so cool! I use the "welcome" sign a lot. I also use the "multi fav" one too. Oh, I won't even try to remember them all. I'll just say, "Keep pixeling!" :D

I like learning about the technical things, because that gives me a greater appreciation of the art.

Hugs,
Anj
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I have to admit that technology has certainly greatly impacted art and how we enjoy it.
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*chuckle* that wasn't quite what I meant. I use "technical" differently than most people due to the kind of work I do. When I said I like learning about the technical aspects of things, I mean about the nitty gritty... like how you pointed out the pixeling in a background of one emoticon or smilie, or the change of colors in a small area. To me that's being "technical". Maybe I should say "detail oriented"? :D Who knows? Not me!
Hugs,
Anj
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
YEah, I did think that was what you meant, but I was still thinking on the other. LOL!
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xxghost250xx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist
Love the water :iconlawooplz:
Good luck :icondummywooplz:
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thank you. Honestly, there is at least one entry which the host of the contest is showing an extreme liking to, so I doubt I'll win. Still, I wanted to do this piece for a while and I'm happy how it came out.
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xxghost250xx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist
You should be happy with it :3
I think it turned out very nicely ^^
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Oh, I love your avi!
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xxghost250xx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist
Haha, thank you :meow:
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EmmaVirus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
wow, excellent job with the water, that's impressive =D
Again, lovely sunset colors! And good luck in the contest :XD:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you. I was so worried because I wanted to do a true pixel sea--not something using any filters or tool-effects. This is totally pixelled and I'm very proud.

I tweaked the colors a bit and used a different dithering for the sky, but it's still my same scheme. Thanks again for commenting on it.
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EmmaVirus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
oh wow, you should be! That's awesome!

=D
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SparklyDest Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The water detail is amazing. :nod:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you. Once I figured *how* to do it, it wasn't that hard. But getting to that point was a killer.
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zakarranda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Hehe both our entries for the same contest are premiered in #EmoticonOpus at the same time :)
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Yeah, though I submitted mine last night and you did yours today. Either way, we're the first 2. I'm sure there will be many more.
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DimetrodonDanya Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Aw, poor little emote...:C

The water is just awesome!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
:iconblinkthanksplz:
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cind3rblock Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
You did a wonderful job on the sea :clap:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
:thanks: I appreciate the kind words.
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cind3rblock Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
:iconwelcomeplz: :tighthug:
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Oktanas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great entry
good luck in the contest
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thanks much, sweetie.
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Ravenswd Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Poor guy. He really looks all alone. I really like the colors, and the patterns on the waves. The whole piece is great!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thanks. Also, thank you for your critique on the sea. As you know, it was so hard to get it right. I appreciate your honestly at my ill early attempts.
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WhiskySK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, water looks really great!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
:love: Thank you so much.
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WhiskySK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np. :hug:
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hicffp Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
dont drink the sea water it make ya crazy!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
"Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."

...tis sad, but true.
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LedMaiden Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
The water looks great :w00t:
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Thank you. It was a PITA to do, but it really turned out well.
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