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Box of awesomeness

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 6:23 PM

I've been trying to sit down and write this journal for a couple of weeks now, but somehow something else always seemed to get in the way.

Firstly, thank you to all those that wished me a happy birthday earlier this month. I had a nice relaxed weekend at home with my family and received a selection of nice little presents to celebrate the day. It was lovely to see so many message on my page, especially some from friends I hadn't spoken to in a while.

The following week whizzed by really fast, with a selection of events (work xmas party, carol concert etc) to attend. I also hit the one year anniversary of moving into my flat - boy how time flies. I then rounded off the end of the week with a trip to see the new Star Wars. I hadn't actually watched any of the previous films until the start of this month (I knew the basic plot and all of the twists, just not how the story fit together) I really enjoyed episode VII and look forward to the next instalments.

I finished work on the 23rd Dec and in the blink of an eye it was Christmas. I again had a nice relaxed day with my family, and got a selection of neat presents (including a Lego Wall-e kit which I look forward to constructing at one point :D and a wide collection of Rubik's related items).

I return to work on the 4th Jan, and have no real plans between now and then. I think I've already watched as much TV/films as the entire of Jan-Nov combined, and started to give my flat a good tidy, organising boxes of stuff which was kinda just dumped in my back bedroom when I first moved in. The nice thing about this is once in a while you stumble across a box of awesomeness.

20151228 000453 by Synfull


2015 hasn't been a great year for emotes, both personally an in terms of the community. It really broke my heart to see that we didn't have an Emote Advent Calendar this year - the first time since 2009. But I know deep down we don't have enough of a community left to fill 24 slots ( how times have changed :( )

It was great to see a few people taking part in NaNoEmo this year, and my continued thanks for Mirz123 for having the drive to kick things off each year. I'd equally like to thank BlissfullySarcastic for running EmoteSecretSanta once again. It's a fantasic annual tradition and once again we had some amazing gifts made. You can check them out here: ESS Round up

Looking back at my gallery I only managed to make a single emote this year, which is still half finished and needs some work. As someone who has always received their motivation and inspiration from the community, the lack of action has hindered me a bit this year. Though I also know keeping up with a full time job, looking after a flat and keeping up with other life commitments.

I want to say that 2016 will be better, though I'm realistic about the matter and know there's a chance this is the end of my emote career. I never thought I'd say that. Though one things I do have to look forward to is my 10 year anniversary coming up in February (man, I feel old).

Whilst I haven't been making much art here, I have been trying a range fo crafts at home. I made a selection of Christmas decorations, along with some custom hama bead designs for my Christmas cards this year. I have to say, I'm most proud of the one I sent to blunaowl

Wall-E Christmas Card by Synfull


Back in  November I offered to feature the winners of an EmoticonOpus contest. It's taken some time for me to get around to it, but without further ado:


:YouCanBeAnything: by stuck-in-suburbia

:inadequate: by stuck-in-suburbia     :lonely: by stuck-in-suburbia     :foolish: by stuck-in-suburbia


Boring Office Job by Sijanca
Elve by Sijanca     Toothless Thanks by Sijanca     Rip My Loves by Sijanca

:jackhammer: by Emotikonz

:walkingtowork: by Emotikonz     Pageant: Talent DONE + PSD by Emotikonz     STAMP: Dancin' by Emotikonz    

That's all for now. I hope you all have a fantastic start to 2016, and see you all next year

syn by Syns-Stuff

NaNoEmo Round up - Week 3

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:44 AM
Week 3 has come to a close and once again we've had some great entries this week. Below are a few of our favourites from the week.

Karen's Features

A... by KitLightning      Fat Dance - NaNoEmo Day 21 by SweetCreeper132PL      Nano9_King of Riches by Blobicons

Mirz's Features

Annonymous - NaNoEmo Day 18 by SweetCreeper132PL      Black Adder (Riding Lesson 101) by KitLightning      NaNoEmo15-16 Fragmenting by CassidyPeterson

We look forward to seeing any emotes submitted in the next week.

Also, whilst I'm here, I'd also like to to quickly promote another emote event for December - EmoteSecretSanta. It's a fun gift giving event, and sign up is now open.

For more details, please see below:

NaNoEmo Round Up - Week 2

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 15, 2015, 11:41 AM
Another week has flown by for NaNoEmo and we've seen a wealth of new emotes submitted this week. Once again Mirz and myself have picked out a few of our favourites.

Mirz's Features

Todo lists by Kath602     :smile: by Krissi001     Cart Riding - NaNoEmo Day 8 by SweetCreeper132PL     The Whole Nine Yards by AspiredWriter     NaNoEmo15-9 Clever Rainbow Joke Title by CassidyPeterson

Karen's features

Nano6_A Work in Progress by Blobicons     Bad News - NaNoEmo 8/30 by BlissfullySarcastic     :angry: by Krissi001     NaNoEmo 2015 - #12 Thoughts of Murder by mirz333     Wasn't me by Kath602    
... soon by KitLightning

We look forward to seeing the emotes you submit over the next week. It's not to late to join if you've not been able to get involved this week. More details here.

NaNoEmo Round Up - Week 1

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 8, 2015, 1:23 PM
Week 1 for this year's NaNoEmo challenge is now over and we've seen an amazing number of emoticons being created across the community. It's been great to see the range of different art styles and expressions, so Mirz and myself thought we would feature some of our top picks from the past week.

Mirz's Features

:grin-with-a-bling: by KitLightning      Sometimes I dream about cheese - NaNoEmo Day 3 by SweetCreeper132PL      Hank: The Beautiful - NaNoEmo 2015 1/30 by BlissfullySarcastic      Nano3_Animu Eyes by Blobicons      NaNoEmo '15 Day 2 by Quirbstheepic

Karen's features

:notsure: by a-kid-at-heart      NaNoEmo 2015: #2 - Broken by mirz333      Movember by Krissi001      NaNoEmo15-3 Dizzy Rainbow Small by CassidyPeterson      Hi Five by AspiredWriter
Parachute by Kath602

We look forward to seeing the emotes you submit over the next week. It's not to late to join if you've not been able to get involved this week. More details here.


Sat Oct 24, 2015, 8:15 AM

I can't quite believe the end of of October is just around the corner - where has the year gone?! It seems a while since I wrote an update journal, so I thought I'd use some of my free time this weekend to catch up on things.

Life is ticking along fine right now. My job is going fine (with the odd minor frustration) and I'm constantly picking up new skills and knowledge.

Life in my flat is generally settled, except for the 2 weeks earlier this month where my boiler leaked all over my back bedroom soaking the carpet and a few other belongings. Luckily no major damage was done - I lost a couple of posters and boxes but nothing expensive or valuable.

I've cut down on the number of Scout related things I do which has helped tremendously. I now enjoy dipping in an out of various projects and have more free time to relax and be myself. I've used this time to dabble in a range of crafts and finally finish off some photo albums I started 6 years ago :happybounce:.

We are now definitely in autumn and I can see winter slowly starting to creep in. I can't say I'm enjoying that change, though I am looking forward to Christmas - mainly for the opportunity to decorate my flat for the first time and have some time off over the holidays.

I also recently realised that I haven't made a single emote during 2015, which is rather saddening. I tried to get back into the art form a month or so ago, but I'm so rusty after all this time it's a struggle to make anything I'm proud enough to show. I'm now debating whether to commit to something like NaNoEmo or EmoteSecretSanta to try and get me back into the art form.

On a more positive note, I did recently hit the 750,000 pageviews. Whilst I don't put any emphasis on pageviews meaning anything, it was quite a nice round number to hit and rather scary that so many people have visited my page over the last 9.5 years.

I hope everyone else is doing ok. It's been nice to see some familiar faces return recently, and I do pop in daily if you ever feel like poking me for a chat.

:swallowpoke: V2 by Synfull

Calling all emoticonists

Sat Sep 26, 2015, 3:11 PM


I've recently been contacted by ProjectComment who are looking for a selection of emoticons to be made on the theme of commenting. They are a great community based group which encourage deviants to share constructive comments with each other and it would be fantastic if the emote community could lend them a hand and make some emotes for them to use.

This isn't a contest - no prizes, no winner - just the satisfaction of making emotes for a good cause and receiving exposure to their 6000+ members.

Some ideas include a comment variation of emoticons such as:

+Fav Bombing by Eres-Graph La jumping in Points by Jibodeah :typerhappy:

If this is something that you'd like to help with, just crack open your art program and get creating. The more emotes the merrier and you don't need to check if it's ok before you start to make them. Once you've finished (or if you have any questions) please send ProjectComment or 3wyl a note and they will be happy to respond.

I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with. I certainly intent to join in (when I find the time!)


As an emoticonist does it frustrate you that you can't tell the difference between when you are mentioned and when your emotes are used in comments? Have you turned off mentions because there are just too many for you to handle?

BoffinbraiN is trying to rally up some support to adapt the mentioning system so it works far better for the emote community. If this is an issue that affects you, please consider heading over to his journal for more details.

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 4:22 PM

How long have you been on DeviantArt?

9 and a half years, though I had been browsing the site for a couple of months before making an account

What does your username mean?

My friend Malpercio helped me to come up with it. She provided a list of mythology based names, and the one I liked most was 'Syn'. As syn was taken, she suggested adding 'full' onto the end to make Synfull.

Describe yourself in three words.

Organised, reliable, responsible

Are you left or right handed?


What was your first deviation?

The first thing I uploaded was an image made by my friend as a profile ID. The first thing I made was a knotwork design (I think). It's hard to tell as I have a lot of hidden deviations :paranoid:

What is your favourite type of art to create?

Emotes. Though I do get a kick out of writing useful tutorials and I did enjoy designing knotwork.

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

Vectors or photography

What was your first favourite?

Whilst not my first ever (as I've since removed them), the oldest in my gallery is this:

Kitty by Fizzytingle

What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

Anything which is bright and colourful

Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

Too many to choose from.

If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

I've been fortunate that I've been able to meet a lot of my close dA friends, including mackwrites in the States and zachriel in Sweden.

I think the major two missing from my list is MerelyCubed and BlissfullySarcastic, though there are a number of other emoticonists I'd like to meet.

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

I don't want to pick a specific deviant, as over the last 9 years there have been many people who have helped me in so many ways. From helping me discover my own personality to supporting me through rough patches of my life, there's a lot of people who have positively impacted my life and made me smile when I really needed it.

What are your preferred tools to create art?

Just about anything

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

For me it's more about the inspiration from the community than a specific place.

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

I don't think I could pick just one. So a few include:

  • The good old days on dAmn (too many memories)
  • Making the secret project deviations with Malpercio
  • Staying with blunaowl and zachriel in Sweden
  • Going to Malta with Kyramy
  • The Alton Towers DevMeets (choo, choo!)
  • The World Tour London Devmeet
  • Creating the OCtopus avatar craze
  • Being featured on Moonbeam13's journal when I was an unknown emoticonist
  • Receiving my first DD
  • Being awarded Deviousness
  • Receiving a surprise Fella plush in the post
  • Squeeing over meeting zikes in a chat room
  • Receiving a range of amazing art gifts

Juggling Pandas

Sat Jul 18, 2015, 6:06 PM

It has been over 3 months since I last wrote one of these journal-y things, so I think it's about time for an update.


For the last couple of months life has just been plodding along with nothing new really to report. Work has kept me busy, and Scout related stuff has kept me busier. It's now less than a week until a major Scout camp, so currently every moment of my free time is being consumed by some sort of preparation work.

Following the camp, life will hopefully calm down a little. That is at least until the end of August where I've now booked flights over to see my sister and new baby niece in America. It's been a few years since I was last over, so I'm looking forward to revisiting a few places, and of course meeting my niece who I've so far only seen on Skype.

I can't say my plans currently extend much past the beginning of September, but I can imagine life will start to slow down again and I may actually get some time to work on some art.


I haven't had the chance to even think about making some emotes since the beginning of the year, as proved by the fact my animation program hasn't even been installed since my computer was wiped.

However, things do keep happening in the emote world, so I'll give a couple of shout outs:


NaNoEmo is hosting its annual Visual Purpose event, encouraging artists to make emotes which are designed purely to be looked at.  I would really like to be taking part, but simply can't spare the time right now. But if that's something that interests you, check it out.


With life being so busy, its been fantastic to see a steady stream of emotes appear in my inbox as they are posted to TheEmoticonGallery. If you are fed up of seeing spam in the gallery, or want a bitesized view of new art work, definitely check the group out.


That's about all for now. How have all of you been? Anything interesting in your lives?

And if you've made it this far, let me know what your favourite flavour of ice cream is!


Sun Apr 5, 2015, 2:53 PM


As always, life has been busy recently. I seem to be stuck in a never ending cycle of Work -> Volunteer stuff -> Sleep -> Repeat, and this is the first time in a while I've had enough time and energy to sit down and concentrate on writing a journal.

Overall, life is ok. Work is going well, and I've now been there a little over a year. I'm still learning new things, enjoying what I do, and feel quite proud of some of the tutorials and booklets I produce.

After an initial string of problems, things are also going well with my flat. I'm well settled in, have all the things I want/need and I'm enjoying the freedom it gives. My attention has now shifted over to the garden, which was left in an utter mess by the previous tenant.

Whilst I don't particularly enjoy gardening, I am using some of the nice weather as motivation to tidy things up and make it a more enjoyable space.


With all that is going on elsewhere, I have very little time to think about making any emotes. But I do keep an ear to the ground to see what the community is up to.

The emote community is my family - always has been and always will be. It's not had the best of times over the past year, but to steal a quote from Stitch "It is little, and broken, but still good."

I am happy to see that it is on the mend. A few dedicated community members (special shoutout to a-kid-at-heart - because he's awesome) are trying to kick start things, and I'd like to take a moment to promote some of the awesomeness:

Emoticon Gallery


If you browse the actual emoticon gallery, it is full of nothing but miscats. Whilst we can't tackle that problem,  the community can feature the new submissions elsewhere, preventing  the need to dig through 997 spam deviation to find the latest submission.

Be sure to check out their March round up which features a range of submissions and the latest emote news.



a-kid-at-heart has also taken on the job of kick-starting the Opus. For those who may not remember, this is a community run emote contest group. Every 2-3 weeks a new host is appointed, who runs a contest through the group on a theme of their choice.

This group has been around since 2007, and has seen some fantastic contests over the years. I am really happy to see it re-started, and look forward to seeing the entries for the newly launched contest.



One of the other long standing groups, Emoticiety is also making a come back with a fun new Easter Contest. With some fantastic prizes on offer, it's definitely worth looking at.

Emote A Day


And not to forget Emote-a-Day which features one emoticon a day. This could be a brand new submission, or something from 10 years ago. It's a great way to see some fantastic emotes from the comfort of your inbox.

Other Groups

:iconemotication: :iconemoticon-stamps: :iconemoticon-projects: :iconnanoemo: :iconpack-it-in:

If you're interested in emotes the groups above offer a selection of resources and opportunities to feature specific emoticon types.


Community Snapshot by a-kid-at-heart

I'm not sure if there's a better example of community than this awesome piece. Go check it out!

Busy as a bee

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 timeywimeystuff13

1 by timeywimeystuff13



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 Banjelerp

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




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 Banjelerp is doing a great job running it.

2014 Emoticonist Advent Calendar by Banjelerp

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 Banjelerp 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 Banjelerp

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.