Ferret Space Pirate

Ferret Space Pirate

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Ferret Space Pirate

Title: Ferret Space Pirate
Pixel Artist: Kaiseto  (Level 6 Made :: 9327 points)
Posted: 11/1/2010 01:43
Palette: 21 colors
Statistics:  119 comments    345 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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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 Godfather) @ 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 Godfather) @ 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.

antymattar (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 11/2/2010 04:08


iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/2/2010 04:07


Only thing I'd add is some more color variety in the bg. For example you could have used some of those browns on the ground here and there.

Oh, also, the legs are a bit troublesome. The leg in the back seems bent forward, and the space between the legs is filled with some dark salad thingie instead of part of the lake showing through.

Nevertheless, a stunning piece!

naresh (Level 1 Gangster) @ 11/2/2010 03:04

great job buddy.......................

Niss (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/2/2010 02:14

whoa, absolutely stunning!

jamon (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/2/2010 02:09


cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 11/1/2010 22:30

I agree with Randommonkies, the sword does get a bit lost. He also seems to have a point about the lack of hips.

Great piece regardless, the work you've put in definitely shows.

Randommonkies (Level 6 Manager) @ 11/1/2010 22:02

impressive peice!

I see the same issue that Dawnbringer is raising about the stomach area though, I think what it is is that there is no real hip anatomy, his body seems to kind of just flow into the left leg. Also, maybe try to highlight the sword a bit or elongate it into the dirt area just so it doesn't get lost in the details of the plants.

I really like the rocks/dirt you've done!

Dashspeed (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/1/2010 20:34


James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 11/1/2010 20:31

woa, that's really, really nice!!  favourite!

RollerKingdom (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 11/1/2010 18:58

HOLY ***.. this is mind blowing! I love every pixel of it. instant fav from the preview!

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/1/2010 18:10


I see your point about the clothes coloring. Unfortunately, I forced myself to do it in under 24 colors, so I kind of had to stick with what I had :p I'll totally add some highlights to the eyes and nose though. I just updated the water a bit too.

DawnBringer (Level 10 Maniac) @ 11/1/2010 17:39

Beautiful work and a lovely palette. Although the stomach area is a little confusing...not sure what I'm looking at.

Perhaps some delicate complimentary coloring of the clothes can lift the character out of the bg a bit, and why not some highlights on the nose and eyes from the glow? imgur.com/97Kd5.png <-- Couldn't help myself fooling around, sorry! ;)

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 11/1/2010 16:57

Ah, I seen this on deviantart a week ago! Glad you submitted it here. ;)

Looks very nice. Definitely your best piece.

iMoose (Level 6 SWAT) @ 11/1/2010 16:50

 I think you just won top pixel art for the month. Wonderful.

ev149 (Level 4 Button Man) @ 11/1/2010 16:42

Awesome.  Just plain awesome. 

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/1/2010 16:09

@ Ambient

. . . That.... how did I not even think of that? I wasn't going to update this piece at all, but now I might have to, because that is TOO good an idea to waste. Just need to see if I can do it without using any more colors.

Ambient (Level 6 Major) @ 11/1/2010 16:05

 Wonderful work. My only thought is to make the planet reflect in the water.

ellie-is (Level 8 Partner) @ 11/1/2010 15:15

 Bro, you win. Hard.

Zweckform (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/1/2010 15:02

Beauty. Love every bit of it.

Peach (Level 6 Made) @ 11/1/2010 14:51

kudos, pretty much impressive work. :-)

rafaelventura (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 11/1/2010 14:23

Hey, man! It's really great!

I only think that the foreground and the background look like they're almost on the same plane. Maybe if you lighten up the foreground a little, add some highlights on the plants to the left, or tone down the background... Also, i think the character waist is a bit off on his right side, with the leg looking like it's smaller than it is. Maybe it has to do with the angle of the short.

But hey, it's just these little things. Amazing job on the details and character. Keep up the excellent work!

Damian (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/1/2010 14:11

 So beautiful. Everything is so detailed and vibrant, yet it doesn't take the magnificence away from the character . Very well balanced and one of my favorites this year.

Hiuru (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 11/1/2010 14:04

woah! Amazing job :)

Ninja Crow (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 11/1/2010 13:46

This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, in any medium!

But I think that being pixel art definitely improves how it would otherwise look.

Maybe you won't mind some day making a list of all the things you've seen and done that have allowed you to create something like this (it would be as informative as any tutorial) -- although the impenetrable veil of mystery helps the illusion of god-like powers, for sure.

Very inspiring.  :)

Kiwi (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 11/1/2010 13:29

 this came out great! (fat bellies are fat)

Ergg (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 11/1/2010 13:16

 It looks like comics book. Great job.

Victor Rojo (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 11/1/2010 13:01

Cap clap clap! Bravo! the best Pixelart of this year ^^ thanks!!

Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/1/2010 12:43


That would be my attempt at forshortening. I'm not great at it. Don't suppose you could provide more than "it's weird" though? Also, our left of the character's left?

Edit: Hey, you didn't have to get rid of your comment. If you think there's something off about it and can elaborate I'm glad to hear it. I may not get around to fixing this piece in particular, but it's always good to have things in mind for future endeavors.

SpaceSalmon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/1/2010 12:41


Kaiseto (Level 6 Made) @ 11/1/2010 12:34


Now I just need to outdo myself...

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 11/1/2010 12:14

that right there is pretty much your masterpiece.

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