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Escape Pod by Ravenswd Escape Pod by Ravenswd
This is my entry for :iconsparklydest:'s EMTContest. [link] The theme is sparkles.

When *Mirz123 and I were working on her entry for this contest, we were originally going to have the stars twinkling. I couldn't get the effect to work quickly enough so Mirz took it in another direction. The results can be seen here: [link]

I was determined to finish the effect, and Mirz said I should work it into a different deviation and submit it to the contest. My original idea was to have an emote on a raft lost at sea. After seeing the final rendering of the starry sky, it looked more like space, so I decided to go with the same theme, but have an emote in an escape pod, drifting in space. He's enjoying the view while he waits for the rescue ship.

Credit to :iconmirz123: for the emote base and help with the ship. She pretty much coached me on how to pixel / dither the whole thing.

Note to IE users: There appears to be a "skip" in the animation. This is not a problem with the graphic, but an issue with the way IE handles large animated gifs. If you use Firefox, you shouldn't have any problem.

UPDATE: I won second place in the contest.

SECOND UPDATE: I'm honored and excited that this piece received a Daily Deviation. I'd like to thank *Mirz123 and =SparklyDest for recommending it (and anyone else who did, those are the only two I know of) and ^catluvr2 for featuring it. Also, a big thank-you to all of my watchers and people who've favorited it.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-03-07
Escape Pod by *Ravenswd is an amazing piece of animation. The background is simply stunning to look at. You can really get the sense of awe that the emote feels, as well as feeling its loneliness. Words by suggester. ( Suggested by Mirz123 and Featured by catluvr2 )
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RoxieIsAlive Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D
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:iconroxieisalive:
RoxieIsAlive Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D
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:iconscarletquill:
ScarletQuill Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Calming and epic-ally beautiful
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you! :)
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:icondelice1941:
Delice1941 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This is delightful, I love it:rose:
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
:) Thank you!
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:icondelice1941:
Delice1941 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
:iconrbyw:
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:icondrfuturism:
DrFuturism Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Writer
May he float on...... for the rest of his life.
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
:noes: No, he needs to get back to earth!

He has an overdue library book.
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:icondrfuturism:
DrFuturism Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Writer
OMG! Funny!
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:iconthesunflake:
thesunflake Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
ii reallyy loveeee ittt:)))
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Thank-you!! :)
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:iconrecordedharmony:
RecordedHarmony Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
This is a very awesome picture indeed.

Interestingly, the weirdest thing about this picture would not be obvious to anybody but a space geek: stars don't really "twinkle" in space. They appear to twinkle on earth because of the atmoshphere. Also, a lot of twinkling stars at night could mean a front is on it's way through, or that storms/rain is coming.

But overall, a well designed piece by you two.
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Thank-you! I knew that about stars not twinkling in space, but from the ground they don't appear to twinkle for me anyway, so I always thought of twinkling as just an artistic convention rather than something stars actually did.
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:iconparachute-tonight:
parachute-tonight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
The stars are mesmerising. I can imagine the time taken to pixel this. :faint:
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Thanks! :)
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:iconjessaminediane:
JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It sparkles. Me likes sparkles. :D
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank-you! Me glads you likes! :)
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:iconthe-golden-knight:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
SO beautiful...:happycry:
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thanks!!
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:icongraphiclia:
GraphicLia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
The stars twinkling are delightful!
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :D
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
:love: Just to let you know, this piece has been featured in this article ---> [link]
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
:dummy: Thank-you!
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:iconsound-mind-poetry:
Sound-Mind-Poetry Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student Writer
Emote- "So, what now?"
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Yes. :)
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:iconpsychologicaltoaster:
That's awesome! I just kept starting at it in some sort of a trance for like 5 minutes straight! :la:
Awesome job and lot's of ~SPARKLES~ <3
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Thank-you! I'm glad you like it!

And, yes, it is very hypnotic.

Even I find myself staring at it sometimes...
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:iconpsychologicaltoaster:
Haha just staring at your screen for like 5 minutes before you go like "...WHAT?...What just happened...?" XD
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Krissi001 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thank-you! :)
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:iconemocx:
emocx Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
i feel so calm when i look at this..love it!
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thanks! I'm glad you like it!
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SnowLeopard217 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student
Reminds me of the begining of the survival game notrium, where you are stuck in an escape pod and must out manuver missiles. :meow:

Nostalgia aside, great emoticon.
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Not familiar with that game. But I'm glad you like the animation. Thanks!
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SnowLeopard217 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student
welcome, if you like to game, look it up online. It's freeware and quite fun.
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:iconrosed1st:
RoseD1st Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Excellent!
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Thank-you!
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:iconchrysshart:
Chrysshart Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on both the Honorable mention in the contest and the DD! This piece is featured here: [link] just below my journal :D
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Thanks! And thank-you for the feature!
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:iconicey-chan:
Icey-chan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow! The background is really pretty~ :meow:
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Thank-you!
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:iconicey-chan:
Icey-chan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist
You're welcome. :meow:
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:iconeccentric221:
eccentric221 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
This is awesome! I feel sorry for the emote though.
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Thanks!

Yeah, poor emote...
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:iconeccentric221:
eccentric221 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
You're welcome!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so beautiful and meditative. Could just keep on staring at it... :D
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:iconravenswd:
Ravenswd Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Thanks! Yeah, I find myself staring at it sometimes, too...
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thehe, you do? Cool. :D
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:iconcdsh:
CDSH Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha, cute. I just really like the way the stars are twinkling. xD
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