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*** Updated this to add some minor animation, to give it a little more life. Have the captain making small adjustments to the steering, plus added blinking action to all of the crew. ***

This is a dual entry for the current #EmoticonOpus with the theme of Space. Plus, an entry for *Czar-the-Dragon's contest with the theme of Pirates.

I wanted to enter both contests, but I wanted to do something a bit different, since I knew most emoticonists would cover the typical takes on these themes. Then the idea of Space Pirates teased and I just had to run with it. Of course, it was a plus that the entry would kill two birds with one stone. :eyes:

I loved the idea of a space ship that looks like a traditional pirate ship. So, I took one of my own ship designs and modified it. Did it up in chrome color. I went with a very cartoon-y take on the ship, with a big dome covering the top. Admittedly, with it being in space, the ship wouldn't need a sail, and the flag wouldn't wave in the wind. So, my thinking is that the captain is a big retro pirate fan. He fitted the ship with hard moulded replicas of those pieces to simulate ships from that period.

Just a note, I tried adding some minimal animation to the actual emotes and it really just detracted from the piece. So, this is essentially a static emote with a moving background! :giggle: Though *Ravenswd suggested I might add some movement to the steering wheel, and I think he may be right. So, I will probably come back and tweak this soon--but not ATM.

A thank you to *Ravenswd for helping me out with the space background.

This actually only took a couple of hours to do, and I'm pretty pleased with it.

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:iconbrownielolz:
BrownieLolz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Whenever I think of Space Pirates, I now think of both Metroid, and this.
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
That's awesome. :D
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:iconbrownielolz:
BrownieLolz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Yes.
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:iconrekatheamazingtaco:
RekaTheAmazingTaco Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I also think of the space pirates from Kid Icarus: Uprising.
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:iconbrownielolz:
BrownieLolz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I never played any Kid Icarus games, so I can't confirm that it had space pirated.
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:iconrekatheamazingtaco:
RekaTheAmazingTaco Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
It actually does have space pirates, in the Galactic Sea.
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:iconbrownielolz:
BrownieLolz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Well, I wouldn't know.
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:iconleopardbomb:
LeopardBomb Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is AWESOME!!!
Except, because the stars are so far apart, the stars shouldn't really be moving :D
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
That's true. But particularly for small pixel pieces like this, you need to use some kind of illusion like that to give the sense of movement.
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:iconleopardbomb:
LeopardBomb Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, I understand. Great piece by the way.
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:iconbananatect:
Bananatect Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D This is amazing!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
:iconthankyoutextplz:
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:iconpirategaztgd006:
pirategaztgd006 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh emoticons, I thought they were -PUFFLE PIRATES!

It's still cute and piratey!
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:iconlockattack93:
Lockattack93 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, how many frames is this?
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I think upwards of 100.
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:iconlockattack93:
Lockattack93 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D
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:iconshadowmidnightwolf:
ShadowMidnightWolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Brilliant
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
:giggle: Thankies.
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:iconshadowmidnightwolf:
ShadowMidnightWolf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
no problem (:
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:iconanjourekloos:
anjourekloos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011   General Artist
hahaha, brilliant!!!!:icontardglompplz:
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:icon8-bitcoffee:
8-bitCoffee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
www.cristgaming.com/pirate.swf

Yarr!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
:nod:
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:iconoktanas:
Oktanas Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey for winning ~Czar-the-Dragon contest I have featured you and some of your work in a winner box.
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thank you so much. :hug:
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:iconbangdk:
BANGDK Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awsome! :heart: I love the idea (since I both like space and pirates) and you made a cool little animation/pixel work! :thumbsup: Congratulations with the first place!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thank you, dear.
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:iconnotepadgirl:
notepadgirl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Nice one, entering both contests, ha. Good luck, it does look good.=)
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks. I placed second in the space contest. The pirate contest just kind died out. :O
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:iconevilbooboo:
evilbooboo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MWAHAHAHAHA

THE UNIVERSE IS NO MATCH FOR THEM NOW

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
:mwahaha:
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:iconevilbooboo:
evilbooboo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:evillaugh:
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:icontigerstarcatcher:
TigerStarcatcher Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
A odd meld of two kinds of "superhero" but it works! Good job.
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Yeah, it is. :D
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:iconthebabyduck:
Thebabyduck Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Aaaaaw! Those little touches make all the difference! Very nice, very nice!
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Thanks. It did help.
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:iconthebabyduck:
Thebabyduck Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
:aww:
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:iconwowza-wowzers:
Wowza-Wowzers Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's Awesome! Kinda more like "Pixel Pirates" :D but Space Pirates are awesome too :D
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
True that.
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:iconminato-kushina:
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Lovely the star background! :heart:

You know, this could also be the flying pirate ship of Captain Hook in Peter Pan! :D
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Peter Pan in space would be super epic! :dummy:
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:iconminato-kushina:
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I know! Glad to give you ideas! :D
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
:hug:
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:iconjimmydimples:
JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:pirate: You've got space in my pirate!
:jedi: You've got pirate in my space!

Two great tastes that taste great together! :yoda: :ahoy:

Can't think of much cooler than that... except maybe for this tune, which I think fits perfectly: [link]

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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Cool tune.

You know, I was just thinking about that ad the other day. Getting nostalgic for some of those great commercials and jingles.
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Captain-Sweden Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
:hug:
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:iconphlum:
Phlum Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The pirate in the crow's nest looks a bit uneasy. :giggle: Can't fault that dome :nod:
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Yeah. I think he's the new guy in the crew. He doesn't know what to expect. :giggle:
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this idea! :giggle:
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I like mixing the historical periods.
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