Ferret Space Pirate

Ferret Space Pirate

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Ferret Space Pirate

Title: Ferret Space Pirate
Pixel Artist: Kaiseto  (Level 6 Made :: 10682 points)
Posted: 11/1/2010 01:43
Palette: 21 colors
Statistics:  120 comments    355 faves    0 avatars

Started it almost a year ago. Been working on it intermittently ever since. Over 100 hours, though I can't confirm that. Lost track a long time ago. There are a few saved videos of me working on it at my livestream page, but I'm a slow worker, so it's probably more informative to just watch the WIP gif. So there's that.

I basically set out to make something bigger and better than anything I'd ever done. It ended up turning into something that kind of represents everything that I do in art. Anthropomorphic animal character, pixel art, heavily blue-green reliant palette, etc. So yeah, here it is, on Pixeljoint at last.

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syedahumna56 (Level 2 CGA) @ 6/4/2022 06:21


Fatman (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 6/4/2020 02:26

Fantastic work, just wonderful!

gawrone (Level 11 Dimetrodon) @ 7/4/2019 23:02

Just found it. Overwhelmingly beautiful.

print_bird (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 9/14/2017 01:00

I remember seeing this back in 2010. Glad I was able to find it again. Love the work.

Fleja2003 (Level 7 Lotus) @ 9/2/2017 10:08

Wow this blows my mind!

upper0 (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 7/8/2017 06:22


Cleosetric (Level 1 Seaman) @ 2/28/2017 02:07

i still don't know what motivates people to doing like this great work, i hope i can have such like that too.

T1mePiece (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 10/31/2016 11:01


8 Bit Dreams (Level 10 President) @ 2/2/2015 20:10

This is insanely good! 

Sunjammer (Level 3 Chief) @ 8/17/2014 07:44

The fact that an artist of your caliber feels unable to continue with the craft due to practical reasons speaks to how bogus this world is 

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/12/2012 14:17

 This needs to be in a comic of sorts.

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/5/2012 21:13

I had never seen this beauty! Great atmosphere!

Franuka (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 3/4/2012 17:30

 Beautifully inspiring...

cassiechihuahua (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 6/15/2011 12:11

the rocks. I love the rocks. o-o

peanutcookie (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 5/29/2011 11:55

 Love your work 

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 4/29/2011 15:06

How? 100+ hours, that's how.

Spend 100 hours on one thing and let's see what you can do.

PoisonousJoy (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 3/6/2011 13:46


TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 1/11/2011 14:11

unbelievable - this is so atmospheric! The color palette, the background, the detail. this is art with a capital A. I bow for the master

Laef (Level 1 Gangster) @ 1/1/2011 21:17

 This piece is so awesome I had to join so I could favourite it. 

NobleValerian (Level 6 Manager) @ 12/29/2010 13:11

 Wow, there's just so much detail... it's great!

luisniel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/28/2010 23:50

Love this piece.

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 12/17/2010 21:50

Wow, #1 spot. Deserved, too

This has so much charm.

The lighting and colors are beautiful.

Very systematic WIP! You don't have ADD, that's for sure. I tend to bounce around randomly with a scene like this.

One thing I like about your inherent style, with pixels, is the way you make everything thick and full of body, kind of bulky. For instance, your vegetation here - very bottom right corner. No flat leaves, all rounded with nice reflections and whatnot. That's an interesting gimmick.

It must've felt great to upload this here and announce it complete.


tsoccer93 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/17/2010 07:36

It reminds me of Brian Jacques's redwall series, the ferrets where always pirates and badguys. except this is in space.

bonehead11 (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 12/17/2010 04:02

Very live and refreshing style...just beautiful. 

SpriterOfDesire (Level 1 Private) @ 12/16/2010 23:26

This picture makes the Mona Lisa look like a simple one color pixel standing on an island of other pixels that are all white.

twilightmoon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/16/2010 23:13

That's absolutely amazing!

Ambient (Level 6 Major) @ 12/16/2010 20:51

 Grats on first, know you tried!

Finoli (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/16/2010 17:05

jaumeAV (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 12/16/2010 15:52

WOW!!!! this is impressive!

luisniel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/16/2010 15:19

 Oh boy.

ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 12/16/2010 11:24

 Hey, you placed better than Fool. Good job man :P

Photocopier (Level 11 Godfather) @ 12/16/2010 11:08

Yay! Finally got what you wanted :D 

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 12/7/2010 21:29

 This is still considered one of my all-time favorite pieces of pixel art, and I'm sure it'll stay that way for a while. You, sir, are amazing.

griffsnuff (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/3/2010 09:00

you are so crazyy amazing <3 I want to practice hard so i can get as good as you are :D

slym (Level 8 Ruby) @ 11/25/2010 17:54

Dang! I swear I remember comenting on this :P You've heard this at least 70 times before me, but oh... xD Your pretty much amazing :P 

H|F (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 11/23/2010 22:24

totally badass. Love this <3

Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 11/23/2010 22:11

Woah,,, I need to comment again, awesome real pixel art, without hybrids fakes or something, youre an example of the good way!

ElectroNico (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 11/15/2010 09:14

Amazing work !! Great environment & atmosphere !

blackmoondev (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 11/8/2010 07:58


Ela (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/8/2010 05:27

Love it <3!!!!

Werety (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 11/7/2010 01:53


Johnny303 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 11/6/2010 12:13

This is fantastic, man. A lot of time and hard work, turned into something amazing. Fave for sure.

licnep (Level 1 Private) @ 11/5/2010 21:40

awsome :D 

MCSuire (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/5/2010 20:11

Dude...that is...just badass...I'm instantly favoriting this.

KrypToniTe (Level 5 Soldier) @ 11/5/2010 13:14

Ahh, thats a real beauty. Everything is great, but I agree with the rocks tho. Amazing work. Reminds me from Ratchet. 5/5!

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/5/2010 12:24


Oh, don't worry, I don't blame you. The "furry" stuff isn't up most people's alleys. It just happens to be the stuff I draw when I have nothing better in mind to draw. Still, if you're going to favorite one piece from my gallery, I'd rather it be this one :p

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 11/5/2010 09:00

 Fantastic colors, rendering and atmosphere!

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 11/5/2010 04:06

 Heh, well for this piece I really only have praise (do agree with Hatch about the rocks.), this is just awesome. The colours, the rock textures, the atmosphere, it's just really great. I think I'm just not a big fan of wolves and human like wolves. I blame DeviantArt, and you're stuff's sometimes a bit too cartoony for me or something. But it's just a matter of opinion really. I do find you a great artist, though. (That probably still sounds rather vague, dunno how to word it properly.)

And thanks man. I gotta say this is probably my personal favorite from you.


Psychotron-3000 (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/5/2010 00:04

Wow! Stunning. The pixelling is so smooth, and I adore the level of detail. The palette really sets the mood, and the OSL is done amazingly.

Kaiseto, you win at life. 

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/3/2010 16:15


Well, that's some mixed praise right there if I ever saw any, but I'll surely take it :p I tend to like your style... (The Deep being a personal favorite)

Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 11/3/2010 13:58

I think the rocks being clustered at the horizon line make the sky look much nearer to him than it should and makes it look a bit like a painted backdrop, but it's a minor complaint and it may just be me. Incredibly beautiful work otherwise :)

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 11/3/2010 10:30

I have to admit that your style usually does little for me, but this is just slick.

FlyingMonkey (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/3/2010 07:46

...Wow.  I'm Gobsmacked!

Erico (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/3/2010 05:40

love the colors

SpaceSalmon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/3/2010 01:50

 Okay, sorry I deleted my comment. I just don't like the ferret so much. His body bends sorta strange way and what's behind his legs I can't read, or it's the boots that make it. I suck at critism so don't mind me. I think the piece would look better without the ferret in it. :)

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 11/2/2010 20:15

 Can't stop looking at it... O_O

Oh, and congratulations on 99 faves! Well deserved. ^_^

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/2/2010 17:39

@ Dusty

Probably because it was one of the first things I did, and I did it right after the sky, which is heavily dithered...

Dusty (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 11/2/2010 17:36

I've got one question, everything in this picture is smooth. Why'd you choose to dither the water, of all things?

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 11/2/2010 15:10

Yesss! The water is -- almost -- as good as version 1 ;D and the other little touches are nice too.

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/2/2010 13:33

@ Manupix

The smaller planet was there from the start. You might be right about the reflection. I'm of mixed feelings about it. Nevertheless, I think I'm done editing it. It has some problems (everything is going to), but all that really means is I have some thigns to kep in mind for my next big piece.

Well... one small edit. I'm going to see if I can merge the reflection with the same depth I had in the original version. I'd love to hear your comments when that goes up. Maybe you can still convince me to convert it back to its original format :p

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 11/2/2010 13:22

About your edit and some comments:

I don't think the reflections on water are an improvement. They are pretty much unrealistic (the water would have to be unnaturaly still) and more importantly, the former version had much more depth and subtlety in that light on water, that was progressively apparent to the viewer and contrasted nicely with the fg planes. It was as if you saw some distant things through a kind of round hole, and it felt right. No longer so.

I wouldn't change the sword, so as not to distract the eye from the main highlight area.

The face highlights are an improvement.

Now that they've been brought to attention, I agree that the stomach and legs 'salad' are a bit confusing, although in no way disturbing.

Also, it's possible that the smaller planet is a distraction. Not sure.

dya2k (Level 5 Soldier) @ 11/2/2010 12:44

This is pixel art. Thanks for showing us a piece like this.

dpixel (Level 9 Vice President) @ 11/2/2010 12:39

Really nice work.  Especially enjoyed the WIP gif.  It's very refreshing to see so much detail in the foreground...It really puts the lake into perspective.  Spectacular lighting too.  This peice has it all.

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/2/2010 11:17


Check the WIP shots in the comment below. The hips are there. I think the clothes have the unfortunate quality of obscuring the correct form of the body, so people are assuming that he's supposed to be standing upright, on plantigrade legs.

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/2/2010 11:12

@iLKke (had to look up how to capitalize that... again)

Those are entirely the legs. He doesn't stand plantigrade, he stands digitigrade. Here are some shots from the WIP. that's not "salady stuff", it's still part of the pants. You'll notice that around halfway in, I was all like "This pose is boring. I'm going to try to make it more dynamic!". That's where most of the problems came from.

You've got a good point about the browns. I did thebackground before they became part of the palette. I might update some things to include them, but I think I'm done editing it for now. I'll make a point of trying to get the whole palette decided before I finish a piece next time :p

jazcks (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 11/2/2010 08:48

stunning work!

Shiru (Level 6 SWAT) @ 11/2/2010 07:21


Genmintes (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/2/2010 06:30

WOW! Nice!

Calv (Level 7 Assassin) @ 11/2/2010 06:25

Amazing, loving the WIP too.

wimpy80 (Level 1 Depressed) @ 11/2/2010 05:34

 wow...rubs eyes in disbelief...still there, I guess its real.  Great job.

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