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Ferret Space Pirate by Kaiseto Ferret Space Pirate by Kaiseto
It's done. I have no idea how to feel right now...

I started this almost a year ago. I've been working on it intermittently since then. I lost count, but there must've been over 100 hours spent on it. I livestreamed some of it, did most of it on my own.

Got craploads of great critique from my friend :iconevincarofautumn: .

The story goes as such: Awhile back, I was looking through my gallery and I said "There's nothing in here I'm super proud of. I especially haven't done many pieces with full backgrounds. Let's give that a whirl." And so it began.

In a way the piece is kind of the epitome of what I do. It's got everything. It's made with pixel art, using traditional pixelling styles and self imposed restrictions. It has an anthropomorphic character. The palette is heavily reliant on blues and greens. It's everything I do crunched into one piece.

Some final specs:
Time Taken: Over 100 hours over the course of many months
Colors Used: 21, no transparency
Canvas Size: 380 x 260 (original)

It comes with a big WIP animation. This shows almost every save I made of the picture since its humble beginnings: [link]

Edit: DA does some weird scaling stuff, so it might show up looking blurry. I submitted it at 2x size, so it's still clearly pixel art. I tried it at original size, but on my monitor DA decided that it needed to be stretched out to a larger size, blurring it all up in the process. If you want to see how the piece should properly look, click the "Download" button or go to pixeljoint.

Edit Again: A big thanks to everyone who placed in a good word for this to get a Daily Deviation! As an added bonus, if you're interested you can check out the Specs Page (made by a member of Pixeljoint) to see the dimensions and color palette used in the image.

Note that this is the specs page for the original size version (of which there is no difference, other than the resolution of the image).
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-12-04
Ferret Space Pirate by ~Kaiseto The suggester wrote: "...this scene and the mood it evokes is amazing. The artist states to have spent well over 100 hours working on this and it really shows. From the colors used, to the posing of the scene and the coloring of the character, I can only say that I'm blown away by the amount of detailing that is present in this piece. I also thought, judging by the thumbnail, that this was a digital painting and it wasn't until I clicked it that I noticed this was made entirely by carefully placing pixel upon pixel..." ( Suggested by Hardrockangel and Featured by Lyricanna )
Pardartic Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016   Digital Artist
This is probably the best thing i've seen on Deviantart. It's awesome!
IDragonWishI Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
Me: Wait is that-- Omg it's freaking pixelated.
*instant fav and watch*
ertyPOUI Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
One of the most incredible things I saw O_O I follow and fav you. If I start working and get some cash is probable I have some commision in future for you :)
Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
With such a limited color palette, this pece really shows how very skilled you are. It's absolutely fantastic.
AngelWolfe93 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
This should be a video game!
JohnK222 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Incredible! It's amazing that you got this into just 21 colours. Very atmospheric and with an otherworldly kind of mood.
EarlsJS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. amazing
Nemamiah84 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful :)
ClearFog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats amazing
elfman83ml Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Pretty! It reminds me old school games.. aww, those were times :)
DragonDePlatino Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Absolutely breathtaking. I cannot even tell that it was made as a pixel art from a distance! Your knowledge of dithering of color schemes shines brightly in this piece. The dithering on the sky backdrop and cool color scheme to be exact. The piece also creates quite the relaxing, etheral mood. Also, I'd like to thank you for giving me the pointers. I'm glad I'm getting them from such a seasoned deviant!
Kaiseto Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I'm really glad you took them to heart. Some people would've written it off as garbage or a troll, but I've tried to get into the habit of good constructive criticism thank to Pixeljoint. Also glad you like this piece. It was quite the doozy.
SparkletteMachina Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Quite gorgeous! :)
Aestriel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
These are all gorgeous pieces of pixel art. I would feel proud to produce something half as good.
SpiritOfTheWolf08 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo good! It reminds me of Rocket Knight Adventures from Sega! (Which is still a fun game to play, I admit) =D
Kaiseto Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
That game is awesome. Although I've never beaten it. Because it's Konami, and they like their games hard :p Hardest difficulty = one hit, no continues.
SpiritOfTheWolf08 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know! I've gotten far, but it's so hard. Especially since you can't really save and start from where you left off. BUT it's still by far an epic game, and I feel very sad for today's generation who doesn't know it! =D
Kaiseto Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Farthest part I think I've gotten is the spacey Gradius-type level. Couldn't beat the boss...
kid-cody Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
holy crap... this is fucking hardcore.
Sonimul Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best pixel arts I have ever seen. Great job dude
Professor-Evans Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student General Artist
BEST. PICTURE. EVER. Here's a tip: find a computer with an internet AND color printer link. Pull up the pic, resize it in Microsoft Paint, then PRINT IT. FRME IT. SHOW YOUR ARTISTRY, PADAWAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kal241 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
How did I miss this work of art earlier?
Lavasword400 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Holy, Hell.. That is amazing... Pixel art takes a long time but all that work is always paid off, This is proof!
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, it's times like this when MSPaint is just amazing. :D
Something-Negate Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
This guy thinks pixel art is crap and that good work should ALWAYS be done in a short fucking time: :icontpainismyname:
Kaiseto Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
No surprise that he sucks then, is there?
ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Redwall done by an 8-bit INSOMNIAC.
AnubitFire Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is amazing! You must have the patience of a saint!
Sgtkneecaps Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I told you this would get a DD! XD
Princess-Peachie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Aamazing. Super professional!
Such attentiont o detail! O_O And you created such a lovely, peaceful atmosphere too. Just lovely. :aww:
Icyflare Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Great anthro art + gorgeous skyscape + skilled pixel art + absolute perfection <3
Excellent work!
never-sleeping9419 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I'm speechless!
baddassmatt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Whoa this pixel is absolutely amazing, it reminded me of the first Rayman game for the PS! hha.. great work, favd xD.
ToxicCrustacean Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
This is absolutely outstanding. I'm very much reminded of Squaresoft's "Legend of Mana," mostly due to the color palette and superb detailing in the background. There's such a soft look to it, which is something that's not always easy to accomplish with pixels. It's just wonderful.
superlote Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
You earned this DD. c:
Ambyst Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
It's wonderful, it's totally undescribable to be able to see detail in 380x360 size and a limited colors (i mean 21 colors).

It's totaly look like a big painting, with full of minuscules details but the size is still not that big. O__O i have no word, it's perfect.
Burnmonthedigidude Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Video game. NAO!
Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Very COOL! I love the Colors and the all-over.
Mechanical-Tophat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratz on making something Awesome! Be proud of yourself that this was worth the effortand time to make this :meow: :D
Shadowfinx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks way cool. I love it!
Cyphrus-Axis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, there is a massive amount of originality to this. Your lighting ability is beyond the average over average talent. I'm just astounded and amazed by the amount of incredible inspiration and imagination it brings. The sense of a fairytale yet to be told...
DirtEraser Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I knew that sooner or later it would gain a DD :D
HeavensChaos Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I thought it was blurry....and then I realized it was all pixel art. All I can say is Holy crap! You did an amazing job! Totally deserves the DD!
ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of those old funny animal video games from the '90s, always trying to be the next Sonic the Hedgehog...:love:
Lone-Garou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
valokilljoy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student General Artist

that's all I have to say. :D congrats~
JustBeforeTheDawn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Few things are cooler than a ferret space pilot. This just made my day. :XD:

That piece of art right there is simply amazing. No other words for it. ^^
Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student General Artist
You have talent!
Sihayo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow. Just wow. Great job!!

Madness is twin brother of genius, because each live in world created by own ego. One is sometimes mistaken for the other. ~ Charlie Chan, from 'Charlie Chan at the Opera'

Ohana means family. Family means nobody is left behind or forgotten. ~ Lilo & Stitch

Remember, follow your heart and you'll be fine. Follow your dream, it's the key to everything. ~ Rinaldo from 'The Bride'
Drangelu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING work!!!
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