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Monkey Pirate Ship by Mirz123 Monkey Pirate Ship by Mirz123
For the January EMTC hosted by :iconsparklydest:. 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.

*** :meow: 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...

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ansdesign Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well deserved credits for you overhere:…
ansdesign Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I use your great work overhere and I hope it's okay with you!!…
ansdesign Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so detailed and wonderful! I love it.
Is it okay with you if I use it in a comment on DA?
That would be so great!!
JohnK222 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
One of my all-time favorite pieces.
prinkmeister Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I thought at first it was a GIF, so I waited five minutes, then read the comments. Dang, I feel stupid right now. xDD
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
:giggle: Hope  you liked it anyway.
Fayerin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww that poor one is almost drooling xD

:nod: you did amazing job to put every emotion in the characters and their activities :heart:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Fayerin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome :tighthug:
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