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Nautical Rat by MoonsongWolf Nautical Rat by MoonsongWolf
A rat character design for *Daesiy. This rat is for her use only! Please do not re-use it elsewhere.

This is a husky dumbo fancy rat. Daesiy wanted a ratty that was interested in navigation, so I gave him (or her!) a nautical theme... although I resisted the urge to make him a black rat (a.k.a., the "ship rat") rather than a fancy rat. ;)

Most of the design is pretty self-explanatory in how it relates to navigation, but I thought that I would share the reason for the "pig" and "chicken" tattoos. Some sailors had those animals (or the Chinese characters for them) tattooed onto either the tops of their feet, in the belief that it would protect them from drowning. Apparently, it was believed that pigs and chickens did not drown, probably due to the fact that they were often transported in crates that would float if the cargo ship carrying them sank.
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k15thkirst Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
aww. lol.
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Daesiy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really should be studying, but I had to comment. <3

This is absolutely amazing! I love how the fur design is simple, yet effective. The accessories you added give him so much life! I love the idea of the tattoos. It's so creative. 8D

I'm so excited to do some art with this character! I'm thinking of naming him Fen. :heart:

Thank you so, so much for doing this for me. <3 I cannot even tell you how much I appreciate it! I'm doodling pictures of him on my math homework right now. =P

I should really go now, I'll respond to your notes tomorrow once I have some free time. Thanks so much again! <3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
I'm so glad that you liked it! I had a lot of fun designing him. Also, I fixed up his tattoos so that they are actually correct now, to the best of my knowledge. :lol: So re-save the new image if you already downloaded it.

Good luck with your studies, too! Man, that's one thing I don't miss at all.
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baha1219 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
ummmm, neither of those are chicken or pig. The one on the right is west, and I don't know what the one on the right is. You might want to change that. But other than that the art is great!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Thanks! I must have looked at the wrong lines during translation. :lol: I don't suppose you have a link to a *reliable* list/dictionary of Chinese characters, do you? If not, I'm sure I can hunt it down somewhere.
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baha1219 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Well denshi jisho works. It's more to the Japanese side of things, but that's what I know. If you want the actual Chinese characters your going to have to do some looking.As far as Japanese if concerned chicken looks like this 鶏, and pig looks like this 豚. And heres the link if you want to look at a bigger picture. [link]
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Such a sweet rat. I bet Daesiy will love him/her :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
I hope so! He was certainly a lot of fun to design. :)
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
:D
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Pred-Adopts Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What an intriguing character you've created :>
I like the markings (and a mix of fancy and dumbo is pretty nicely done). You made nice little accessories and the additions of the writing on its feet are all the more interesting when you've done research into it.
Very nicely done!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Thank you! I really had fun designing him. I'm not very good at coming up with creative accessories, either, so I'm glad that Daesiy gave me a theme to work with. :D
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww he has little charts :la:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
I don't think he'll be getting lost any time soon! :D
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Iheartwerewolves Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
How cute good job:)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Thank you! :)
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Iheartwerewolves Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Np:)
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
What a sweet rattie! :iconeeeeeplz: Lovely work. :heart:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked him. :)
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome :D
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Pheasant-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so pretty, he looks like he is smiling but nervous about his journeys ahead! :)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Ha ha, I think he may be a bit nervous! But he'll be up to the task. ;)
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Pheasant-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure he will :D hope he sends a postcard!
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detectivebenson Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I have a question -- do you do commissions? It would be a big one... :(

I just lost one of my rats tonight and I would like to give them all a nice tribute and I love your style.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
I do commissions, but I'm not really "open" right now, since I have a pretty big list of owed art. But if you don't mind waiting for a little bit, I can probably do something for you around the end of February or early March. :) I just need to get some of my old work out of the way first, before I feel comfortable taking on anything new, especially if you want a large image.

I'm sorry that one of your rats passed on. :( I know how hard that can be. I have lost many really good rat friends over the years. But I am sure that she was very happy and loved while she was alive! I hope you and your other rats feel better soon. :hug:
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detectivebenson Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
okay. :3

I just read your journal, sorry to have asked. D: and I can wait until then no problem. :) thanks!

<3 He did live a good life.
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Rats = :heart:
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All thanks to you, I been loving them more and more.
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like a friendly character. :) If I need any directions, I'll be sure to ask him. =P
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
:lol: Yes, he's well-geared for finding his way around! On land OR sea.
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So it seems. =P
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