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Wed Jul 16, 2014, 4:47 PM


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

Life


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).

Art


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.

Community


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: fav.me/d7qn29i

: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: fav.me/d7ozvuy

: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.

Awesomesauceness

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.


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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
.

:heart:


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 :)

Entries


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


Prizes


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


Work


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

Life


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.

Art


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: fav.me/d77r8od

Whilst on the topic of emotes, the 2013 emote awards have now been announced, and you can find the list of winners here: fav.me/d7952hl

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

Rules


: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


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.

Theme


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.

Deadline


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.

Prizes


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 :)

Entries



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!

And all that jazz

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 6:14 PM


Updates


First off, thank you to everyone that stopped by my page last month to wish me a happy birthday. And a special thanks to the people who kindly created art for the occasion. I ended up having a nice relaxing day, spending time with my family and enjoying my birthday gifts (mainly consisting of DVDs and Rubik's cubes).

Secondly, I hope you all had a good holiday season. Again I had a very relaxing day (and week following) and have been having fun with my Christmas gifts (unsurprisingly, more DVDs and Rubik's cubes :giggle: ). I also received an awesome EmoteSecretSanta gift from IceXDragon which you can check out below.
Secret Santa: The Duck, The Penguin, and The Panda by IceXDragon

Thirdly, it's now 2014 and I can't quite believe it. A happy new year to you all. I've sadly started off the year in a slightly 'meh' way with a bit of a cold and dodgy ankle, but I'm thinking positive about the year ahead.

As for 2013, it has been a very odd year for me. Offline, nothing quite seemed to go to plan, but I can't say I'm unhappy with where the path lead me. Fingers crossed that the next year is a little less hectic and I manage to tie up a few loose ends and settle down a bit.

Online, the emote community wasn't the most active in 2013, so I'm hoping that things pick up this year. Whilst I don't feel I've made miles of progress as an artist, I'm still very proud of the pieces that I've made and feel that is certainly a positive thing to take away from the last 12 months. I have to say that receiving Deviousness was the highlight of my year and something I will never forget.

Features from 2013


As I mentioned above, I've been quite proud of some of the pieces I made over the last year. So I thought I'd take a moment to reflect back on some of my favourite pieces that I made in 2013.

A (modern) history of deviantART emotes by Synfull     Assembling the cube by Synfull     The Bright Life by Synfull     Advent Calendar 2013: By the light of the moon by Synfull     :shout: by Synfull     NaNoEmo 17-20: Season Avatars (Animated) by Synfull     Build yourself a rainbow by Synfull     NaNo 15: HP and the Philosopher's Stone by Synfull

Things to note


:bulletblue: I extended the deadline on my EmoticonOpus contest, and there are still a couple of days left to enter. The rules can be found here.

:bulletblack: TheEmoteAwards has released its list of categories for 2013 and is now taking nominations. More information in this journal.

:bulletblue: Don't forget to check out EmoteADay's latest round up found on this page.

I thought I'd step in and host the next opus, so here goes.

The Theme


As it's now the colder months for the northern hemisphere, the theme for this event is Snow.

Rules


Bullet; Orange Your entry must be new (submitted after 7th December 2.00am GMT). **
Bullet; Blue Your entry must link back to EmoticonOpus in your artist's description.
Bullet; Orange Your entry must be submitted to the group's Featured Folder before the deadline.
Bullet; Blue Your entry must contain at least one emoticon.
Bullet; Orange Your entry must relate to the theme. If it's not obvious, please explain in the artist's description.
Bullet; Blue Your entry can be either animated or static.
Bullet; Orange You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win once.

** Entries must be new, but can be entries to other events/contests provided they fit the theme.

Deadline


To take into account the holiday season, the deadline for this contest will be slightly longer than usual.
All entries must be submitted by Sat 28th December Fri 3rd Jan, 11.59pm GMT

Prizes


1st Place
400 :points: from Synfull
100 :points: from SparklyDest
50 :points: from emocx
Free icon from stuck-in-suburbia
Everlasting feature on the EmoticonOpus account
Feature from Synfull
Feature from Eitvys200
Feature from analillithbar
Feature from petrova
Feature from CubicInsanity
Feature (and llama) from MafiaVamp
llama from emocx

2nd Place
200 :points: from Synfull
50 :points: from SparklyDest
Feature from Synfull
Feature from Eitvys200
Feature from analillithbar
Feature from petrova
Feature from CubicInsanity
Feature (and llama) from MafiaVamp
llama from emocx

3rd Place
100 :points: from Synfull
25 :points: from SparklyDest
Feature from Synfull
Feature from Eitvys200
Feature from analillithbar
Feature from petrova
Feature from CubicInsanity
Feature (and llama) from MafiaVamp
llama from emocx

Additional prize donations would be appreciated :aww:

Entries



Snow - free icon by Krissi001  Avatar - SnowGlobe by stuck-in-suburbia Christmas Carol by supperfrogg Emote Advent Calendar Entry 2013 - Static by CubicInsanity <da:thumb id="420734357"/> The Gift by a-kid-at-heart Damned Snow! by SirKoto51 Snow fight Canada vs South Africa by FireFlyExposed rabbit emote needs a gift by TanteTabata December by Chimajra December-scene by Krissi001 Snow by iAmoret icefishing by vegi92pixel :snowymann: by KitLightning Uhm-brella (blizzard) by KitLightning

Mischief Managed

Mon Dec 2, 2013, 6:23 AM


It seems about time for a more personal journal, so here goes:

Life


Life has been fairly busy recently (what's new?). I seem to be forever running around doing a load of errands, though for once I seem to be completing things quicker than they can be added back on. Hopefully this means I can tie up a load of loose ends by Christmas and have a relaxing holiday period (unlike last year).

Saying that, I've been finding a nice balance such that I get some 'me' time along with helping out at a range of activities. I've also has a couple of opportunities open up recently and I'm just waiting on some replies to see what happens there.

I've also had the chance to visit the cinema a few times in the past few weeks, seeing both Thor 2 and Hunger Games 2. I was very impressed with Thor, and equally enjoyed HG2. I was just a little (well actually very) sad they missed out Haymitch's back story. But other than that, both were definitely worth seeing.

Movember


I decided this year that since I couldn't grow a moustache I would let my OC Syn grow one for me instead. With some help from NerdyGeekyDweeb, Syn's moustache grew steadily throughout the month, ending up with an impressive display of facial hair. In case you missed it, you can see a time lapse below.



Syn has now had a shave and is thoroughly embracing the cold weather in an epic avatar made by the lovely Krissi001.

Art


November certainly was a hectic month for art. I took part in NaNoEmo for the first time and found it an eye opening experience. Trying to make 30 emotes in 30 days is certainly a lot harder than it sounds, and it was interesting to revert back to making simple chat friendly emotes again.

I've also completed my entry for the Emote Advent Calendar but you guys will have to wait until my birthday (13th Dec) to see that :evillaugh:

I'm also looking forward to seeing who I was assigned for the EmoteSecretSanta.

Emote Advent Calendar


Speaking of the emote advent calendar, I would definitely suggest that all of you go and check it out. There are 2 calendars, one static and one animated, which reveal a new emoticon each day. It's a fantastic project and something fun to look forward to in the holiday season. You can find links to both calendars below:



Features


And last but not least, I offered features to the winners of the latest EmoticonOpus contest :)



NaNoEmo Round up - week 3

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 25, 2013, 5:06 AM
The days seem to be flying by and we are now 3 weeks into this year's NaNoEmo event. We've had slightly fewer emotes submitted this week, though that is fully understandable as the length of the event starts to take its toll.

As we have now hit over 20 days I want to take the time to remind you that there is a set of awesome stamp awards made by Krissi001 to congratulate anyone who hits the milestones.

participant badge by Krissi001     bronze by Krissi001     silver by Krissi001

Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to put up a poll regarding this week's community picks. But you can fine some of mine and Mirz's favourites below.

Karen's Picks


Progress by a-kid-at-heart     Grump by stuck-in-suburbia     Waiter - 13 NaNoEmo #20 by Mirz123     :team-work: by KitLightning     Take Mine by happy-gurl      One Step At A Time by happy-gurl
Loaaaaading = Rest time by emocx The Greasy Pole by KitLightning

Mirz's Picks


Mr. Spock by TanteTabata     The Nom Nom Nom Monster by Patches67     :omgwtfjusthappened: by guitarcraze     NaNo 15: HP and the Philosopher's Stone by Synfull     best grog in town by TanteTabata     NaNoEmo 2013 - :Wut: CiCi by CubicInsanity     Santa's Waiting by ketti-bri



NaNoEmo Round up - Week 2

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 16, 2013, 4:14 AM
Another week has passed and once again our gallery has filled up with an amazing array of emotes. Below you can find some of our favourites from the week, but first I have a couple of announcements.

Stamps



We are now 16 days into NaNoEmo meaning that a number of emoticonists have past the 10 emote milestone. Don't forget that Krissi has kindly created some milestone stamps, now including one for any participant. Check them out below.

participant badge by Krissi001     bronze by Krissi001

Gallery organisation


To help keep track of which emotes have been submitted each week, we have decided to create a different folder every 7 days and move all of the recently submitted emotes into it.

You should continue to submit emotes to the featured folder and we will reorganise the folders after each week passes. If one of your emotes ends up in the wrong folder (e.g. you submit it in week 1, but add it to NaNoEmo's gallery in week 2) let us know and we will sort it accordingly.

Mirz's picks



NaNoEmo 2013 - Gone Pale by CubicInsanity          Hat Smile by ketti-bri     :gameface: by IceXDragon     Amish Mafia by KitLightning     Danger Ahead by Fuzzy-Artemis    NaNoEmo #8 Angry Pumpkin by SparklyDest     NaNoEmo 7- :ohmy: by iAmoret     :schnoz: (NaNoEmo #8) by Nironan12     NaNoEmo #11-Loki by guardianangel29     NaNoEmo Days 8-12 by Synfull

Karen's picks


:4thWall: by stuck-in-suburbia          :dig: by NerdyGeekyDweeb     Hip Hip Hurray - NaNoEmo Day 15 by Ridley126     NaNoEmo 2013 - Writing a List by CubicInsanity     Fanceh by IceXDragon     On the Look-Out - 13 NaNoEmo #10 by Mirz123     :thor: (NaNoEmo #10) by Nironan12     le-lookout by KitLightning
Minesweeper Stress by happy-gurl     NaNoEmo 10-Wrecking Ball by guardianangel29Game Log - NaNoEmo Days 1-12 by Chibi-NinjaX3

Community picks


:pondering: by KitLightning     Spread The Joy - NaNoEmo Day 9 by Ridley126          Bedroom Pirate by happy-gurl     :BlackEyedSusan: - NaNoEmo 09 by a-kid-at-heart
Pirates V.2 (020) by emocxSomething There by happy-gurl

Community shout out

Thu Nov 14, 2013, 4:27 PM


:shout: by SynfullI just wanted to write a quick journal to help promote some of the awesome things currently happening in the emote community.

NaNoEmo


As mentioned before, there is currently an event running over at NaNoEmo. The concept is to encourage emoticonists to make more emotes during the month of november. We are now nearly 2 weeks in, but it isn't too late to sign up. More details here.

I have also been writing weekly round up articles. You can find the first on this page and help me pick the features for this week via this poll.

Contests of awesomeness


The community also has a number of awesome contests:

meow by Krissi001 Show how far you've come with EmoticonOpus's Progress themed contest (Deadline: 25th Nov)

happy by Krissi001 Jump aboard ship with TheEMTC's Pirate themed contest (Deadline: 30th Nov )

smile by Krissi001 Pixel your eelatives with ee-motes's Family themed contest (Deadline: 30th Nov)

Projects of epicness



Join The Advent Calendar Project by Krissi001
The main project I want to mention again us the upcoming Advent Calendar Project hosted by Krissi001. There are still a number of places free, so go and check out the journal.

Also, don't forget about watching EmoteSecretSanta in preparation for the sign up sheet which should be out soon.

For other projects from around the community, check out SparklyDest's recent gallery news letter found here.

Chat event of amazingness


The last thing I want to mention is IceXDragon is hosting a chat event this Sunday in the #WeEmote chatroom. There will be a few games (with prizes) followed by the results of his emote tournament. Hope to see you there :eager:

NaNoEmo Round up - Week 1

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 8, 2013, 5:39 AM
The first week of this year's NaNoEmo is drawing to a close and I am amazed by the number of awesome emotes that have been submitted over the week. It has been fantastic to see emoticonists old and new dive into the art form and fill our gallery with over 100 colourful emoticons.

Below you can find some featured pieces chosen by the two co-hosts, myself and Mirz123, along with a selection chosen by the community.


Karen's picks


:NotYet: by stuck-in-suburbia    I have a leaf! by IceXDragon    NaNoEmo 2013 - Yawn by CubicInsanity    Learn To Share - NaNoEmo Day 5 by Ridley126    Cutie 'Stache - 13 NaNoEmo #6 by Mirz123    Dishes by pjuk     NaNoEmo 6: Spread the hair! by ioanacamelia2000     :noir: (NaNoEmo #6) by Nironan12     :loveletter: NaNoEmo 7 by guardianangel29     Professor - NaNoEmo 03 by a-kid-at-heart     Thanks for the Watch by pjuk

Mirz's picks



:spaceman: by NerdyGeekyDweeb     Enjoying the Fireworks - NaNoEmo Day 7 by Ridley126     hypnotizer by TanteTabata     nanoemo -- o2 by bubbIies     Ah, the Noble Pirate by stuck-in-suburbia     Walking Knight - NaNoEmo 2 by API-Beast     The Simpsons Stamp by happy-gurl     NaNoEmo #1: Happy Pumpkin by SparklyDest     Bored Emoticon by DaynjaDog     April Yearbook 2013 by happy-gurl     :forget-me-not: - NaNoEmo 06 by a-kid-at-heart


Community picks


So Unfair by pjuk     NaNoEmo 2013 - Winter Runner by CubicInsanity     :dolls: by stuck-in-suburbia     Shared Excitement - NaNoEmo Day 1 by Ridley126     NaNoEmo #5 Sad Pumpkin by SparklyDest     Jumpy Walk - NaNoEmo 5 by API-Beast     Dummy Tower by IceXDragon     :lariat: - NaNoEmo 05 by a-kid-at-heart     I-haz-cake by KitLightning     Fuck Yeah - NaNoEmo 4 by API-Beast

    TI-82 (NaNoEmo #5) by Nironan12     NaNoEmo Day 1-7 by Synfull


Moustaches and Mischief

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 5:52 PM


I'm not entirely sure where the days and weeks have gone recently, but I thought it was about time for another journal. We are now 3 days into November which means a number of things.

NaNoEmo


Firstly, today marks the 3rd day of NaNoEmo. The group challenges emoticonists to fill the month with an array of emoticons and it is fantastic to see the community rising to meet the challenge. Over the last few months the emote gallery has been in a bit of a lull, so it is awesome to see so many emoticonists (and a few new faces) active once again and filling my inbox with brilliant pieces of work.

So far we have over 30 registered participants and it's not too late to sign up. Simply head to this journal for more details. If you just fancy checking out the emoticons, definitely devwatch the NaNoEmo group.

Emoticon advent calendar


With Hallowe'en now behind us and Christmas around the corner, Krissi001 has got to work and released the information on this year's Emoticon Advent Calendar. This is a community project which is hosted each year, which follows the concept of an ordinary advent calendar, with one 'door' being opened each day to reveal an emoticon deviation.

This year Krissi has doubled the number of slots and opened the project up to both animated and static entries, with two calendars running at the same time. If you want to take part and design one of the entries, head over to this page where you can find all the information.

Emote Secret Santa


This week also saw the EmoteSecretSanta come out of hibernation ready for the annual gift giving event. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the group gathers a list of participants and then assigns each person one emoticonist to make an emote for, and one person they will receive an emoticon from.

The gift giving takes place at Christmas, but the group is open to all religions, with options available for those that may celebrate other (or no) festivals in that period.

To combat past issues with new emoticonists not quite knowing what they are signing up for, this year the group are asking that all participants have made at least 5 emoticons. If you would like to join but have yet to make that many, you have a few weeks to get those pixels together to meet the new requirement.

The sign up list will be released in the next few weeks, so if you are interested I suggest watching the group for further updates.

Moustaches


And last but not least, Movember is now upon us. As I can't grow a moustache, Syn has decided to grow one for me. So keep an eye on my avatar over the next month to see how big it grows xD

November NaNoEmo 2013

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 28, 2013, 5:10 AM
Together with Mirz123, I am proud to present the 2013 NaNoEmo Event.

NaNoEmo = Nabe November Emotes
(nabe: shortening and respelling of neighbourhood)


What is NaNoEmo?


NaNoEmo is a fun emoticon challenge hosted every November to match up with NaNoWriMo in the literature community. Over the last 2 years we have had a fair number of emoticonists taking part and some fantastic emotes appearing all through the designated month.

The main purpose of the challenge is to encourage emoticonists to make emotes throughout the month of November. The most common challenge undertaken is to make 30 emotes in 30 days, though others choose to set alternative targets which better suit their other commitments or art style.

Whilst our previous NaNoEmo event hosted this June was restricted to only visual purpose emotes, the November event returns to the 'normal' format where any emote style is accepted. So it is completely up to you whether you opt to create a pack, work on an expression meme, design a collection of chat friendly emotes, work towards a visual purpose scene or dive into contests and projects.

Rewards and milestones


Krissi001 has been kind enough to design 3 awesome stamps to go along with the '30 emotes in 30 day' challenge. Each stamp marks the creation of 10 emotes towards the challenge. So if you are unable to make the full amount of emotes, don’t sweat it. The goal is to make more emotes than you usually would and possibly even try new styles and techniques you have never used before.

participant badge by Krissi001
bronze by Krissi001     silver by Krissi001     gold by Krissi001


Taking Part


If you aim to take part in NaNoEmo then join the group and leave a comment on the journal below. We’ll add you to the list of participants so others can check out your emote(s). It may be useful to make a separate gallery folder to help people keep track of your entries. If you have one, post that below too and we will place it next to your name.

Once you have finished an emote(s), upload them to the 'featured' folder at NaNoEmo so other group members to check them out. At the end of the month we will also create a news article to show off a range of the brilliant pieces made.

You don’t have to take part in the entire month. So if for any reason you want to sign up part way through November or need to drop out, then that is ok. We will edit the list throughout the month to help keep it as up to date as possible.

Emotes made for NaNoEmo can also be entered into other contests such as TheEMTC, ee-motes or EmoticonOpus giving you exciting themes to base your entries on. NaNoEmo simply aims to get people making emotes in the month of November, so we have no issue with these doubling up as contest entries elsewhere.

Tutorials + Resources


For those that may not have much experience with Emotes, Emotication has a handy list of tutorials and resources which may assist making your art pieces.

:iconemotication:



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It would be brilliant if you could help spread the word about this new event. We would love to see members throughout the community (and even beyond) taking part, so please help promote it through journals, polls, Twitter or simply show it to your friends.

We look forward to seeing everyone sign up for this event, and eagerly await seeing what wonderful pieces you come up with! :eager:

Participants


1. Mirz123
2. Synfull
3. Waluigi-Prower
4. ketti-bri - NaNoEmo gallery
5. SparklyDest
6. sugarislife28
7. Fuzzy-Artemis
8. iAmoret - NaNoEmo gallery
9. LeopardBomb - NaNoEmo gallery
10. happy-gurl - NaNoEmo gallery
11. pjuk - NaNoEmo gallery
12. TheWritingDragon
13. API-Beast
14. SleepingInTheShadows
15. KitLightning
16. Kyramy
17. TanteTabata - NaNoEmo gallery
18. BlissfullySarcastic - NaNoEmo gallery
19. Ridley126
20.stuck-in-suburbia
21. a-kid-at-heart - NaNoEmo gallery
22. destroyerofgalaxies
23. iDJPanda
24. ioanacamelia2000
25. bubbIies - NaNoEmo gallery
26. IceXDragon
27. CubicInsanity - NaNoEmo Gallery
28. I-Smart-Kid - NaNoEmo Gallery
29. Xanderpus
30. Nironan12 - NaNoEmo Gallery
31. Ravenswd
32. Bonelos - NaNoEmo Gallery
33. guardianangel29 NaNoEmo Gallery
34. DaynjaDog
35. JeanaWei
36. NerdyGeekyDweeb - NaNoEmo Gallery
37. CrazyLittlePsycho
38. guitarcraze
39. Chibi-NinjaX3
40. emocx

Memes, Memes everywhere ...

Fri Oct 18, 2013, 5:56 PM


Just as I was closing up my last meme journal, I was tagged by otohime0394 to complete one of these '5 question' memes. I've left it a few days, but now I'm going to take the time to complete it.

The rules:
1. You must post these rules.
2. You must post 5 things about about yourself in your journal.
3. You must answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post,
and create five new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 10 people to tag and post their user names on your journal.
5. No tag-backs please.

5 things


I have just completed the '20 facts' emotes, so you can check out my
answers to find out 5 things about me.

5 questions


What's the nicest thing that's happened to you in the last week?
My 4 year old niece (who lives in America) had to take something to pre-school beginning with the letter 'e'. With some some suggestions she decided to choose England, so took a drawing of my family.

QUICK. Type a lyric from your favourite song!
That's pretty difficult when my current two favourite songs contain no words. You can however find them here and here.

What have you got in your pocketses?
Nothing right now as it is 1.38am and I'm wearing my PJs. xD Normally have my phone and wallet in my pockets. Nothing exciting.

What's the weirdest dream you've ever had?
When I was about 12 I had a really weird dream revolving around ice hockey. It started with me walking through a supermarket looking for a sharp knife. After a lot of searching I couldn't find one, so left empty handed.

The dream skipped forward a bit and I found out I was the captain of an ice hockey team. We were 1 game away from winning the ice hockey championships and I had somehow made a deal with some god that I could win the game provided I chopped off the bottom half of my jeans (from the knees down) and threw the ends into an active volcano.

This explained why I need a knife. As arranged, I won the championship in the last few seconds with an awesome shot, so had to carry out my half of the deal. Since I hadn't obtained a knife, I ended up chopping off the section of my jeans with an ice skate blade, which as you can imagine badly hurt my legs.

I went ahead (in a lot of pain) and climbed the volcano and found a small village at the summit. I found the open pit to the volcano, but as I got there I found all my friends and family gathered around it. As I approached, the ground underneath them all fell away and they perished in the lava. I completed my destiny by throwing the sections of jeans in, then in anger, jumped in after them.

I wonder how many people will now me more creeped out by me now they know that :slow:

Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
I'd like to be settled in a job that I enjoy, living in my own apartment/small house and with a slightly more active social life offline.

Tag 10 people


I'm too lay to do that xD