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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.

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I eventually did conquer my fear and pixelled a shark. You can see it here...

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:iconansdesign:
ansdesign Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well deserved credits for you overhere: ansdesign.deviantart.com/art/S…
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I use your great work overhere and I hope it's okay with you!!
www.deviantart.com/#/art/Jack-…
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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!!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for Letting Me Know Sign by Mirz123
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ansdesign Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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JohnK222 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Excellent!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
One of my all-time favorite pieces.
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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
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
:giggle: Hope  you liked it anyway.
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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:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
:iconthankyouheartsplz:
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Fayerin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome :tighthug:
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a-kid-at-heart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought it would be cool to be in the crows nest myself! I wonder what you would do differently, now that a couple of years have passed. Nice piece! :clap:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thank you. I'm sure I'd do a lot different, but I love it so much in this form I would never mess with it.
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JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the Ariel in the sea. :D
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
She's awesome!
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JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. :) You should do more Disney emotes. :)
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akita42 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
i like the monkey right at the front of the ship (at the prow...?)(not in the water). i think he's cute!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Yeah, I think that one is cute, too. :D
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FranciscoETCHART Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:neom: :ahoy: :pirate:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
:tighthug:
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Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I could just sit and stare at this O_O
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Thanks. I spent so much time on it. It's one of my all-time faves.
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danigpam Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have a nice work on pixel art here! I love this ship specially! so cute!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Aww, thank you. I really adore this piece. It's some of my best pixelling. But the most I love is just the little story going on. It's special to me.
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mack796 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
This is incredible beyond words.
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Oh, I'm so glad you think so. :heart:
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MaochanHime Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Great!!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Yay! So glad you think so!
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madb0y Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Not bad-not bad. Keep goin mate ;)
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
:evileye:

:giggle:

:heart:
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the mermaid :D
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
:nod: It's one of my fave parts of the pic.
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:
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Hexdecagon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And to follow up the comment I just left on your DOTT piece...

"Legend has it that the ship was crewed by chimps..."
"There are no chimps in the Caribbean!"
"Shut up, it makes a good story!"
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
:giggle: I actually just played the updated version of Monkey Island a couple months back ago. It was great flipping between the old and new versions to see how they had done it up.

When I was pixelling this ship, I was heavily inspired by the MI games.

I made an emote Threepwood for my comic. I considered reshading it and uploading it here. I may have to do that. :plotting:
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Hexdecagon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't amazingly taken with the updated graphics, though I did find it easier to play. I kind of wish they'd kept a similar style of graphic and just improved it. However, the 2nd game looks a lot more polished, I'm excited about that.

And yes, you should upload Threepwood :D and make a LeChuck to go with him!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Well, I never viewed the new graphics as meant to be mind-blowing. Just a interpretation of how the game would look with the same gameplay, but made today.

I do think they went the next step with LeChuck's Revenge and really snazzed it up.

Ooh, a LeChuck emote. And Elaine, too. Yeah, I've been considering doing a MI set. May just have to toy around with that idea.
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GamersToast Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
I like it Y^_^
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Thanks so much! :aww:
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moohug4 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is........ amazing!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Aww, thank you. It's one of the pieces I'm most proud of.
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moohug4 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D your welcome
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fear-the-brilliance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
This is absolutely incredible. I love it :love:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
:iconthankscommentsignplz:

This is one of my fave pieces from my gallery. I am surprised that more people don't like it. Probably because it's static. :shrug:
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fear-the-brilliance Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
you're welcome. I'm surprised too. Static emoticons can still be amazing, but for some reason they are less appreciated. It is one of my faves from your gallery too.
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Thanks for saying so. :aww:
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fear-the-brilliance Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
you're welcome :D
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TheEmoteNinjaKen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
YAY Monkey's!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
:iconmonkeylaplz:
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