For the January EMTC hosted by
. Theme: PIRATES ---> [link]
This is the reason I walk around with bloodshot eyes. I have been staying up late and waking up early to work on this piece.
I guess I went a little overboard (no pun intended) with this. Thing is that I have wanted to do a big, full-blown pirate ship for quite a while now. Some time ago, we did a software pirate storyline for Bitmap World. I had to design a "driveable" pirate ship. Keeping in line with the comic, it has to be more simplistic in design and sized to fit within a comic panel. Here's what I came up with. [link]
I really dreamed of doing a big, grandiose ship with lots of detail, but just didn't have time and it eventually fell to the wayside. So, when I saw this contest, I realized I could justify spending the time on finally doing a bigger/better ship!
As for the piece, this is definitely indicative of my style. Emote-cartoon. The background is deliberately simple. I tried many things, but they really detracted from the ship. I wanted the piece to convey a calm day with tranquil waters and clear skies, so I kept it simple and whimsical.
I had planned to put more pirates on the boat, but again, I didn't want to make it too busy. Though I did want to put in enough that there was something to look at. The pirate gal behind the captain was created on my 3 y/o's request. She said, "make a girl pirate with yellow hair." Oh, and if you are wondering why I chose monkey pirates, well, honestly, I never considered anything else. I just loved the idea of this ship full of pilfering simians.
Gosh, I looked at SO many reference shots! For those curious to see how I did the ship from blank page to finish, I have posted an animated WIP graphic in my scraps here ----> [link]
The only thing that I recycled in this piece is the mermaid in the water. Originally I thought to have a shark in the water, but that seems a bit cliche, not to mention I have a shark phobia, so I didn't relish pixelling one. Then, it occurred to me it would be cool to have a mermaid in the water. I could have made a new one, but honestly the one I already had worked so well, it seemed pointless to re-do it.
Oh, and I deliberately made this static from moment one. I wanted this piece to be the type you stare at and just look at all the little details without the distraction of movement.
Feel free to share this work but please don't alter, cut it up, claim it as your own, etc. This took me a long time to do and I'm very proud of it. ***Took `Synfull's suggestion and raised the water up a few pixels to give it more depth.
I eventually did conquer my fear and pixelled a shark. You can see it here...