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Tue Feb 10, 2015, 5:08 PM

It seems a while since I did one of these, so time for an update.


First off, I successfully moved in during the first week of January. I've now been living here just over a month and seem nicely settled. It's great to have my independence back and actually get a chance to relax when I get home from work each day.

Sadly it's not all been smooth sailing - since getting my keys I've had to deal with a broken boilder, dead phone line, dead oven, problems with the carpets, a gas inspection and 2 gas meter faults. I look forward to the day where I don't have to spend an evening or 2 a week chasing someone to get something fixed.

Overall I'm happy with the move. For the most part my stress levels are down and I'm finding time in the evenings to do things to chill out like read a book or play on my ps3.


I continue to be fairly uninspired to make any sort of emotes. I simply have no ideas, no enthusiasm or inclination to open up my art program and even try. Whilst I'd like to think this isn't the end, I do wonder from time to time whether there's a future for me in the art form.

Though whilst on the topic of dA, a week today marks my 9th anniversary of being on the site. I never thought all of those years ago that I'd still be active after so much time. A lot has happened over the years, and the site itself has changed almost beyond recognition. I hope I will be around next year to mark my decade, but I guess only time will tell.


The other anniversary coming up this month is 1 year since I started my job. I've enjoyed the last year and have certainly learnt a lot, and I look forward to what the next year brings.

Work life has certainly been a little crazy recently. I've been temporarily loaned to a new department to help get them up and running, whilst still trying to keep on top of my normal workload. Right now I'm being handed jobs from about 8 different directions and it's just a matter of trying to juggle them and keep them all moving forward whilst addressing the most urgent.

It certainly means work is never dull, though it will be nice when things calm down a little.


Scouting is also keeping me busy as they released new badge updates at the end of January, so I have a load of resources to make/update. Other than that, there's not a great deal to note. Life keeps moving forward and I wake up each day wondering how the days slip by so fast.

How are all of you guys? What have you been up to lately?

That's all for now. <4

Platform 9 3/4

Thu Jan 1, 2015, 2:15 PM

2014 has now passed and I hope you all had a good new year's eve. I was hoping to celebrate the clock ticking into 2015 from the comfort of my new flat, but sadly I've hit a few new problems so have yet to officially move in.

In short, the boiler for my flat doesn't work. This leave me with no heating or hot water in any of rooms, which coupled with the couple of inches of snow we got last week, makes it difficult to spend more than an hour to two in the building without getting too cold.

Initially we hoped it would be a quick fix, but after two trips from the maintenance guy, 2 separate plumbers and a number of phone calls, I now have to wait until Monday when the boiler manufacturer can come over to inspect it. Whilst I'm a bit annoyed at the situation, it's not really anyone's fault, so I'm now just sitting and waiting until I can move in.

Despite the problems, the move seems to have gone reasonably well. Most of my stuff is now over at the flat (except a new ornaments and other items I need on a daily basis).

I now have internet installed, which I geekily called 'Platform 9 3/4' and the 'Room of Requirement', though my phone line has unfortunately died so I have an engineer coming out tomorrow morning D:

All in all, I've actually really enjoyed running around a load of shops buying the items I needed. I was fortunate that I'd saved up a lot of my wages over the past months to allow me to pick out (within reason) the version I wanted rather than having to always go for the cheapest option. So the place definitely feels more like a home.

Whilst on the topic, if there is anyone out there that already has my address and would like my new version, let me know and I'll note you a copy ¬.¬

Anyways, here's hoping that 2015 will bring less problems and less stress, and I can settle in and enjoy my new home. I hope you all have a fantastic year and best of luck for whatever comes your way.

Emote Secret Santa 2014

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 25, 2014, 1:00 AM

Christmas Day is now upon us and I have the awesome task of revealing this year's Secret Santa Emotes. Thank you to everyone who took part - everything went extremely smoothly and there are some really amazing gifts this year.

Without further ado ...




Made by Techie8

Dragon by Techie8




Made by HyperCanaryFairy

Ess 2014 by HyperCanaryFairy




Made by Ruth-1

1 by Ruth-1



Made by I-is-smart

Buck meets Santa by I-is-smart




Made by KimRaiFan

Saving Christmas by KimRaiFan




Made by Colorcatcher

Christmas underwater by Colorcatcher




Made by icefire8521

A walk to Grandmother's house by icefire8521




Made by Wooded-Wolf

2014 Emote Secret Santa by Wooded-Wolf




Made by BlissfullySarcastic

Emote Secret Santa 2014 for ketti-bri by BlissfullySarcastic




Made by ketti-bri

Ssgift2014 by ketti-bri




Made by CubicInsanity

Emote Secret Santa 2014 - a-kid-at-heart by CubicInsanity




Made by a-kid-at-heart

ESS - The T8 SMM by a-kid-at-heart     ESS - Techie8 Avatar by a-kid-at-heart



In addition, myself and JeanaWei took part in a ESS-style gift exchange as neither of us were able to part part in the main secret santa.


Made by JeanaWei

Emote SS 2014 - Synfull by JeanaWei




Made by Synfull

Coming soon!

I hope you all enjoy your gifts and have a fantastic day. You are now free to upload your gifts to your gallery for all to see. I wish you all the best for the new year and look forward to 2015's EmoteSecretSanta.

Skin by Shinji-bpm


Mon Dec 8, 2014, 4:58 PM

Everything has been a bit crazy recently, but I've finally found a few minutes to write a new journal.

Moving Out

So the biggest piece of news on the life front is I'm going to be getting my own apartment. I've been living with my parents for over 2 years after finishing uni, and I'm at the point that I need to move out and have some space of my own.

I've now been employed for over 9 months and said I'd like to be seriously looking for a place by my birthday (this Saturday), and definitely moved out before I hit the 12 month mark. So I recently stepped up my search and today came across a small flat with a reasonable rent (for the area) which is about 8 minutes from my parent's house.

Whilst not 100% perfect, it seems a good place to start so I've just applied to move in. If all goes to plan, I'll get the keys just before xmas. I can then get everything ready and look at actually living there at the start of the year.

It all seems a bit scary right now, especially when looking at the costs add up as I have to buy furniture and appliances. But ultimately I think it will be the right decision and dramatically reduce my stress loads.

That being said, I think the next few weeks are going to be a bit on the hectic side as I fit in shopping, packing and sorting out bills and utilities, all whilst still at work and with Christmas in the middle.

Other Life News

Other parts of life are also going OK. Things have been a bit busier than I would have liked, but hopefully over the next few months things will change. 

Work has been going pretty steady. Some weeks are busier than others, but the range of tasks that get thrown my way keep me on my toes and I enjoy learning new things.

As normal, Scouting seems to be sucking up a great deal of my free time. I can't say that has been a positive thing - my last two down periods were both brought on by the stress related to volunteering, so I am determined to cut back on how much this is ruling my life. On the positive side, I've actually been presented with an award for all the work I've done both with my group and in the County. It's great to get some recognistion for the work I've done, but it does seem a little like bad timing.

In the remainder of my free time I've been playing games (mainly Minecraft) and binge-watching tv shows like Orange is the New Black :eager:


My lack of enthusiasm seems to be ever growing when it comes to emotes. From time to time I get a small spark of inspiration, but it always seems to die out before I can get anything down on screen.

I will however be making an emote pretty soon as I've committed to creating an entry for this year's advent calendar. I just hope to find an idea pretty soon :shakefist:

Though talking of the advent calendar, I really suggest you check it out. There are some awesome pieces this year and CubicInsanity is doing a great job running it.

2014 Emoticonist Advent Calendar by CubicInsanity

Emote Secret Santa

The emote secret santa is in full swing and I look forward to seeing the presents as they come in. Taking into account that I will be moving a couple of days after the deadline, it is vitally important that all the gifts get completed on time.

If you are having any problems, please let me know asap so I can try and work out alternative arrangements in the limited free time I have available.

dA Logo

The big piece of news going around dA recently is the new logo. Personally, my opinion is 'Meh'. I can't say it screams 'deviantART' at me, and I'm sad to lose yet another connection to the version of the site I joined.

Whilst I can see why they did it, I find it difficult to see it in a positive light as its just another reminder of how much things have changed (and not necessarily for the best). There isn't a day that goes by where I don't miss the old style dA. The communities seemed stronger, the art more impressive and a real sense of passion could be found in every corner of the site.

That said, dA is free to do what they like and I've long passed the days where I'd make a big fuss over something which I can ultimately ignore along with countless over changes.

Round up

This journal has gone on far longer than I expected - I guess that's a sign I shouldn't store things off and then try and fit them into a single journal.

If I don't speak to you all before, have a great Christmas and Holiday season and all the best for the new year. :holly:

What is Emote Secret Santa?

EmoteSecretSanta is a fun community project which runs each winter for the emote community. The aim of the project is to encourage emoticonists to make a special gift for a fellow community member and share some art around the holiday season.

How does it work?

Anyone interested in joining the project must send a note to the group (details below) before the sign up deadline.

Once the deadline has passed, each person will be assigned one emoticonist for whom them must make a themed emote gift. In return, they will receive an emote from someone else in the Secret Santa.

These gifts are made in secret, uploaded to and sent to the group via note. On Christmas day all of the gifts will be revealed in an article featured on EmoteSecretSanta.

Who can take part?

The Secret Santa is open to anyone who can make emoticons. It doesn't matter your background or religion - gifts can be made around an alternative theme.

However, you must be prepared to make an emote on the theme given to you. This could be anything from a snowman to a fire breathing dragon, so might not be the best project for someone who has only grasped the basics of the art form.

You must also be able to make an emoticon within the time scale provided. Therefore this project might not be suitable if you know you will be very busy during this period.

How do I sign up?

To join the Emote Secret Santa please send a note to the EmoteSecretSanta group.

This note should contain any themes/ideas you would like to see in your gift. It should also include a link to any OCs (Emote characters) you would like to see the gift feature, and detail anything else of importance e.g. You celebrate Hanukkah rather than Christmas.

Please note:

By sending a note you are committing to making a gift within the Secret Santa. Once the names have been distributed it is unfair if you opt to drop out as you will receive a gift from the community without providing one in return.

Whilst we understand that sometimes unexpected problems do occur, it will be disappointing if someone doesn't take part because they can't be bothered or don't like their assigned theme.

Dates and Deadlines

Friday 28th Nov - Sign up close
All sign-up notes must be received by Friday 28th November, 11.59pm GMT (UK Time).

Monday 1st Dec - Assignments Sent
By 1st December, 11.59pm GMT (UK Time) a note will be sent to each participant to let them know who they will be making a gift for.

Friday 19th Dec - Gift Deadline
All gifts must be created and submitted to your account before Friday 19th December 11.59pm GMT (UK Time).

Reminders will be sent at regular intervals until your gift is submitted.

Thursday 25th Dec - Presents revealed
On Christmas day the presents will be revealed. :dummy:

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please either leave a comment on this journal or send a note to the group.

Please also lend us a helping hand an help promote this event throughout the community.

I look forward to seeing your sign up notes in the near future.

Roll up, Roll up!

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 1:49 PM

With so many awesome emote events going on I wanted to write a bit of a journal to make sure you don't miss out.



This year's main :devenanoemo: event is going on. It encourages emoticonists to make more emote during November and it has been fantastic to see the gallery bounce back to life.

It's not too late to join in, so head over to the group for more information.

Advent Calendar

Each year since 2008 the emote community has jouned together to create an advent calendar. This is a community project where a new emote is revealed each day from Dec 1st right up until Christmas.

This year CubicInsanity has taken the reins and she's recently revealed the canvases on offer. If you;d like to make one, please check out the deviation and link below:

Blacked Out Boxes by CubicInsanity

Emote Secret Santa


I've just put the finishing touches on the journal for this year's Emote Secret Santa which will be released later this week.

The aim of the project is to encourage emoticonists to make a special gift for a fellow community member and share some art around the holiday season.

If you would be interested in taking part, please do watch the EmoteSecretSanta group to stay up to date with the announcements.

Plodding Along (+ Emote Events)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 4:44 PM

October has come and (very nearly) gone, so I think it's about time for another journal.


Life has just been plodding along. Nothing noteworthy has happened recently. I'm just about to enter my 9th month of employment and work is keeping me busy for most of my time.

any free time seems to be sucked up by either Scouting, Rubik's cubes or a few craft projects such as paracord bracelets, hama bead super heroes and Christmas card ideas.


Art wise I've been fairly uninspired. I've opened my pixelling program a few times, but rarely got to the point of doing anything and never reaching the point I want to save what I've done.

Since I get my inspiration to pixel from the community, and the community is at a low point right now I'm certainly struggling to get motivated. Hopefully some day it will all come back to me.

Emote Community

As mentioned above, the emote community has hit a bit of a dip. However, there are a few events on the horizon to hopefully give it a bit of a jump start.


Mirz123 and I have joined forces once again to host this year's standard NaNoEmo event. The event encourages emoticonists to set a target to reach during November (commonly 30 emotes in 30 days). There have been some great entries in the past and we would love to see more this year. So head over to the group to have a look.

MiZ123 also recently posted a round up of the emotes submitted to this year's Visual Purpose (VP) NaNoEmo. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here:


Following some interest from my recent poll, I have decided to go ahead with this year's Emote Secret Santa (ESS) event. The event sets up a circle of secret gift giving for the holiday season, which has generated some fantastic emotes over the years.

I will be launching the sign up sheet mid-november. So if you are interested, check out and watch the group now.

Strangers on the Internet

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 12:20 PM

So September has come and almost gone, and I've just returned from an awesome 8 days away in Malta with Kyramy. We had a good time, explored a good proportion of the island and acquired a range of weird and wacky tan lines.

Whilst we were there, we went on a jeep trip around Malta and with an elderly couple from London. It didn't take long for them to ask the question 'So how do you guys know each other?'.

With so much negativity about people meeting on the internet, I always find this a tricky question to answer. It's not the first time I've jetted off around the world with someone I met through deviantART, and at least this time we had previously met in person. So it was interesting to see how we each took on the question, especially when asked by a generation who didn't have the internet for the majority of their lives.

My slant is simply 'We are part of the same art community'. It takes away the scariness of 'the internet' and I always find it awkward to mention a site with the word 'deviant' in it unless I think the audience knows exactly what this site is all about.

Kyra was more open, mentioning that we met through an art website called deviantART, but also somewhat hid the full truth. She opted  to say met at the picnic devmeet in London, rather than admitting our first meeting was on a random weekday evening at Birmingham train station.

So this got me thinking and I'm curious to hear how other people approach this subject. If you were hanging out with a friend that you originally met through dA, how would you explain the way you met?

Would you openly say the name of the site? Do you use a shortened name like DevArt or dA? Would you shy away from the fact you met on the internet, or embrace the truth showing the awesomeness that can come from internet friendships?

How do you explain you met a stranger from the internet?

To speak the truth, I will be rather glad when August is over. Whilst in the grand scheme of things nothing terrible has happened, I've had a string of stressful projects/events, suffered from a bout of depression and had both of my laptops (work and home) fail on me within the same week.

All in all, August hasn't been a very happy month, and due to that my work, home and art life have all seen the negative effects. Whilst each individual thing wouldn't have been too bad, it all kinda snowballed and generally made it an unpleasant and stressful experience.

And breathe ...

What I really need is some time to re-charge my batteries, and that is exactly what I hope to get in September. First I'm off for a 4 day weekend camping down south at a Scout Leaders weekend. It will be nice to meet some like minded people and hopefully unwind and pick up a few new skills.

I'm then back home for a little over a week before I fly out to Malta with the lovely Kyramy. We have 7 days in the wonderful sunshine and I have to admit I'm rather excited. It will be my first holiday (excluding trips to see family) in around 4 years and I'm sure Kyra will make sure I have an awesome time.

Given all of this, I think September is going to going to be just as crazy as August, but in a totally different (and epic) sense. So if you don't see me around much, don't be too concerned. 


I can't really think of much else to fit into this journal, so instead, what are some of your favourite movie quotes? For me, one of my top quotes is the title for this journal - it certainly seems to sum up my past month.

How about you?

My deviantART Story

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 5:08 AM

I came for the



... but stayed for the


how I see DA by MixedMilkChOcOlate

I made loads of



... and had mountains of


See Saw by CookiemagiK

And now ... bowl life is filled with


:bowlofhappiness: by synconi


Wed Jul 16, 2014, 4:47 PM

I feel it is about time for another journal update, so here goes.


2014 has been a hectic year for myself, and we are only just half way through. I've had a constant string of commitments since around February, and I'm now in middle of a 2 week lull before everything kicks off again.

Sadly this leaves little time for anything else. If I'm not at work, working on another (often Scout-based) project or sleeping, I'm generally escaping somewhere to forget about how hectic everything is.

I miss having the chance to catch up with friends, but its certainly trickier trying to find time when people are online when everyone's schedules seem as busy as mine.

I'm also in the early stages of looking for somewhere to move out to. I've been living with my parents since I graduated 2 years ago, but now I have a steady income it would be nice to have my own space.

It will also problem help de-stress me (though I'm sure the trying-to-find-the-right-place part will be stressful in itself).


Trying to find time to make art has been rather tricky, though I have been getting the urge to emote over the last couple of weeks.

The only problem is trying to pin down an idea that appeals. My head is so full of everything else that I can't form a clear idea of what I want to do.

I'm just hoping some time soon some inspiration strikes so I can release some of this creativity I've been bottling up.


The emote community has been rather dormant over the last few months, but slowly things seem to be coming back to life. A number of community focussed deviants are starting to breath some life back into the community, and this certainly lifts my spirits and gives me hope for a positive future,

It saddens me that I do not have the time and strength to be even a fraction of the community member I once was. However it is nice to see the torch passed on to a new generation of emoticonists to continue to nurture and develop this community.

On that note, please check out the list below for a few emoticon related items I'd like to support:

:bulletblue: iAmoret is considering creating a new emoticon challenge to encourage emoticonists to make more emoticons. "No prizes, no pressure, just a prompt to keep our gears grinding". It sounds like a neat idea, but needs your support. More info here:

:bulletblack: a-kid-at-heart has an awesome contest for this month with some great prizes on offer (including mugs!). Be sure to check out the rules here:

:bulletblue: Don't forget to subscribe to EmoteADay to receive an awesome featured emote direct to your inbox every day. It's a fantastic way to find great emotes both old and new, and definitely deserves more support.


Sat Jun 21, 2014, 11:18 AM

It's rare that I feature any art on my journal, and even rarer that I feature someone that is not on dA (at least to my knowledge). However, I stumbled across this artist on etsy and the only word I can come up with to describe his art is 'awesomesauceness'.

He has a wide range of colourful prints featuring places around the world. I found his style really awesome (and I love pretty colours) so splashed out and bought a set for places I have been to around the world.

I ordered them on Thursday evening and they arrived at my house in less than 48 hours. They are now all framed up and the challenge will be finding enough space to hang them.

Anyways, check out the prints I bought below and be sure to browse the rest of his collection. I certainly plan on getting myself some more when I have the space/money!

Like a laptop, but for holding ducks

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 6:35 AM

It has been over a month since I posted my last journal. I only intended for it to be up for a few days, but life has been fairly hectic recently.

My job is going fairly well. I've now been there over 3 months and overall I enjoy it. Some days are more fun/interesting than others, but I guess the same could be said for most jobs.

This morning my sister, niece and nephew left after staying with us for 2 weeks. Life has certainly been interesting with 2 small kids around and we've had some nice days out including a summer picnic, steam train ride and day at the beach.

As some of you may have seen, Malpercio also came to visit for one of those 2 weeks. It was amazing catching up with her and we had a fun time making another secret project. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below:

SP6: Stress relief by Synfull

Art wise, I haven't had much time to do anything. I have a to-do list longer than my arm which has just become more and more backed up recently as I've put family before anything else. Some time I'd like to get back to doing something more art-y but that won't be just yet.

Anyways, that's all I really have to say. I hope you guys are all ok and hopefully it won't be another 6 weeks before my next journal :giggle:

So it's a bit of a fixer upper

Sun Apr 27, 2014, 3:18 PM

I'm using my right as a grumpy old community member to have a bit of a moan. If you're not interested in this, just skip this journal.

Over the past few months I've had very little emote inspiration, and that really saddens me. I think a huge factor is the lack of community spirit right now. The stream of new deviations has drained to a trickle, and the miscat issue has taken over like a bad weed.

One of the things that always used to stand out about the emote community was its close knit friendships, and that's something I feel we have sadly lost. In the past we've had low points, but I'm not sure we've ever been this low. At times I wonder if we have any community left at all, which is painful to see for someone who has devoted so much to this cause in the past.

Whilst I can see places where things have fallen apart, I don't really want to dwell on the path that has lead us here, or even think of placing blame on anything. But I really do wonder what the future holds for us.

Years ago, this sort of thing seemed fairly easy to fix. You write a motivational journal, put on a few contests and projects and start a new avatar trend and everything would burst back into life. But now I really don't know how to tackle it.

The few community member who used to stick everything together have moved on or chosen to retire and the new blood are struggling to rise up and get noticed.  And it is painful to see people devoting their time, effort (and sometimes money) to events which get not reception or acknowledgement at all.

I know that draining feeling first hand, as my emote article series last year fell by the wayside, with drafts gathering dust within my stash never to see the light of day. I can only imagine what that must be like for someone new to the community that would love to give back more but get nothing in return.

It does make me wonder if this trend is just in our community, or whether it stretches further. I've been so focussed on emotes so long, I've lost touch with dA as a whole, which I guess adds to why I feel so isolated and lonely in a community that used to be my home.

Whilst I would love to dive back in and try and jolt some life back into the community, part of me knows I just don't have the time, and part of me just doesn't want to try knowing that I'm likely to end up even more hurt and disheartened.

I understand that putting all of this out in the open probably doesn't help in the slightest. Nothing eats away at hope more than someone bring attention to all the flaws. But I've fed up of having this eat away at me, so it was time to release it in the open and just hope it's not the start of a negative chain reaction.


So it's a bit of a fixer upper, but this we're certain of ...
You can fix this fixer upper with a little bit of love


Avatar contest winners

Sun Apr 13, 2014, 12:40 PM

The deadline for my avatar contest has now come and gone, and it is time to announce the winners. I had an awesome range of entries, and whilst only three people can 'win' I do intend to use more as my avatar :)


Syn Avatar - Rubik's Cube by stuck-in-suburbia  Avatar for Synfull by TheWritingDragon  Avatar entry by Krissi001  Synfull Avatar contest entry by BurgerBunny  Syn Avatar Contest by HyperCanaryFairy Avatar for Syn avatar contest by Creativeness Synfull's Avatar Contest Entry by r0se-designs Avatar Syn(full) by a-kid-at-heart My entry for synfull's contest by emma-licious Profile Picture for Synfull by SweetCreeper132PL  Contest Entry: Syn by XxAreniaRuzellexXSquashed. by dully101 Synfull Avatar Contest Entry by DevilishDB  Avatar Synfull by a-kid-at-heart


For a recap on the prizes, please see this journal

First Place

Avatar Syn(full) by a-kid-at-heart
by a-kid-at-heart

Second Place

Avatar entry by Krissi001
by Krissi001

Third Place

Avatar for Synfull by TheWritingDragon
by TheWritingDragon

Thank you to everyone who took part, and I really look forward to using these in the near future :D

Leaving Neverland

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 4:01 PM


It has now been 2 weeks since I started work and I now feel nicely settled in to my new job. I failed to mention in my previous journal what my job actually is , partly because at the time I wasn't too sure myself. However, after being there a couple of weeks I now have a much clearer idea of what I will be doing both now and in the future.

I've taken on a newly created role in my company to oversee their documentation, both internally (for the developer's code) and externally (for marketing, support, resources, tutorials etc). Whilst 'documentation' may sound boring, I find it quite an interesting role. It allows me to use my creativeness in a range of tasks relating to coding and I've been learning quite a bit.

So far I've been updating wikis, working with XML files, learning how to code websites, using Notepad++ macros, tweaking tutorials and a range of other tasks. It's somewhat similar to what I do in my free time, both through the emote community and Scouts, except I actually get paid for it xD. So all of those years writing tutorials has really paid off.

The only bad part is the early mornings :c


Other than my job, my main life update is the fact I now have a car (kinda). Over the weekend I purchased a small blue Mazda 2 and I get to collect it on Friday. So I certainly feel like I've grown up a bit now I have both a job and a car xD

Other than that, I don't have much else to say. Between work and a range of commitments/meetings in the evenings, I don't get a lot of free time to do anything. Though hopefully things will settle down soon.


The downside of a job is the fact I have little time to work on anything arty. I've also had a severe lack of ideas, so art-wise things are at a stand still.

I have however started an avatar contest. It would be great to see what you guys can come up with, so check out the details here:

Whilst on the topic of emotes, the 2013 emote awards have now been announced, and you can find the list of winners here:

I think that's about all for now. :wave: by MisterIngo

Avatar Contest - 1 week extension

Sat Mar 8, 2014, 12:10 PM

As you may know, I like to change my avatar around every 1-3 months. However, in recent times I have been lacking ideas and would love to see what you, the community, can come up with.

I am therefore launching a fun new avatar contest :D


:bulletblue: The entry must be usable as a 50x50 avatar
:bulletblack: The avatar must contain my emote character, Syn. (Please read notes below)
:bulletblue: All entries must be made specifically for this contest, with the final avatar for my exclusive use.
:bulletblack: The avatar does not have to include my name. If you opt to include a name, please use 'Syn', 'Synfull' or 'Karen'
:bulletblue: Entries must be your own work.


Syn has been in all of my avatar since 2007 and I would like to keep the tradition. It is therefore a requirement for him to be included somewhere in the avatar. However:

:bulletblack: He does not have to be pixelled. I'm happy for him to be drawn or included some other way
:bulletblue: He does not have to be the main focus of the avatar
:bulletblack: He does not have to be 15x15 pixels. You are welcome to use an alternative base size
:bulletblue: You do not have to use my base. I strongly encourage you to use your own shading and you are welcome to alter his horn design
:bulletblack: He must be a light blue/turquoise. You are welcome to alter his shade but he should not be a royal blue.
:bulletblue: You can use my base (found below). However, this may affect marks in the contest and where possible, I would prefer you use at least your own shading.

You can find a link to my base here and a range of other Syn art here.


The theme of the avatar is completely up to you. You are welcome to use whatever background you choose, or use a transparent one. It can be animated or static, and as mentioned above, does not necessarily have to be pixelled. The design could be focussed around Syn, or could simply include him somewhere in the design.

Whilst I do have hobbies such as Rubik's cubes, it would be great to see a range of themes and designs. This could include avatars designed for certain seasons/events, or random scenes or ideas that you can come up with.


The deadline for this contest is:

Sat 5th 12th April 2014, 11.59PM UK Time (BST)

To submit an entry, please leave a link on this journal or send me a note with a thumb of your deviation.


1st Place

The winner will receive:
:bulletblue: 1 month Premium Membership (or 400 :points:)
:bulletblack: Avatar used on my main account
:bulletblue: Feature on my page for at least 1 month

2nd Place

:bulletblue: 200 :points:
:bulletblack: Avatar used on my main and/or side account (Syns-Stuff)
:bulletblue: Feature on my page for at least 1 month

3rd Place

:bulletblue: 100 :points:
:bulletblack: Avatar used on my main and/or side account (Syns-Stuff)
:bulletblue: Feature on my page for at least 1 month

Other Avatars

Whilst every contest needs winners, I don't want this contest to be focussed on just 3 avatars. It would be great to have the ability to use other avatars on my account at a later date, even if they sadly didn't win the contest.

It would feel wrong using these avatars without offering something in return. Therefore I will offer at least 80 :points: to any avatar entered to this contest which I choose to use on my account(s) at some point in time.

Avatars which fit into this category may not be mentioned in the results, but the points will be transferred prior to any avatar being used. This means that even if you don't think your entry might 'win' there is still a chance of it being used and earning some points in the process :)


Syn Avatar - Rubik's Cube by stuck-in-suburbia  Avatar for Synfull by TheWritingDragon  Avatar entry by Krissi001  Synfull Avatar contest entry by BurgerBunny  Syn Avatar Contest by HyperCanaryFairy Avatar for Syn avatar contest by Creativeness Synfull's Avatar Contest Entry by r0se-designs Avatar Syn(full) by a-kid-at-heart My entry for synfull's contest by emma-licious Profile Picture for Synfull by SweetCreeper132PL  Contest Entry: Syn by XxAreniaRuzellexXSquashed. by dully101 Synfull Avatar Contest Entry by DevilishDB  Avatar Synfull by a-kid-at-heart

8th birthdAy

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 3:08 PM

So today marks my 8th anniversary of joining dA. In some cases I can't believe it has been so long and on the other side it feels like I've been here longer. This year it kinda snuck on me as my life has been a bit busy lately, so I don't have anything special planned to release on this day, but thought it was worth a journal and a happy emote.

My Dork Dance

Part of the reason life has been a bit hectic lately is because I have just signed a contract to start a new job. It has been in the pipeline since around January, and today I signed on the dotted line and will be starting next week.

It is based on a software company in Derby and the role covers a wide range of tasks. To tell the truth, the idea of starting the job scares me, but I'm sure I will be fine after I have settled in.

That's about all for now.
:smallwave: V2 

Inspirational Features

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 3:37 AM

I just thought I would spend a few moments to help promote an awesome little news article series here on dA.

Bonelos has started up a string of articles featuring inspirational deviants from around the community. For each volume she takes suggestions from other deviants and then constructs news articles featuring a selection of amazing pieces of art from these inspirational people.

I have only recently found the series, but I'm amazed at the quality of work shown, and definitely suggest you check it out.

You can find the latest article here.

And here is a small selection of the art pieces I have discovered through the series:

Happy Birthday, Mom by NeonNumber8 Gering ding ding dingeringeding by Saagai
Naturalist by Artoveli Sitting on a box by almond-goddess

First off, I apologise for this being over a week late. I sadly got struck down with a bit of a cold, and life has been a bit hectic, so this slipped my mind. So without holding you up any longer, here are the results for the snow contest.

First Place

:snowymann: by KitLightning
by KitLightning

Second Place

Snow fight Canada vs South Africa by FireFlyExposed
by FireFlyExposed

(Joint) Third Place

icefishing by vegi92pixel Damned Snow! by SirKoto51
by vegi92pixel and SirKoto51

Thank you to everyone who took part :) I will be noting all the prize donors shortly. Stay tuned for the next opus!