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I escaped! :dummy:

Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:14 PM

Well, it's 2017 :dummy: (shh... I know I'm 3 weeks late to this party) I hope you all had a nice holiday period - I certainly enjoyed a relaxing 2 weeks off work full of jigsaw puzzles and family-time.

Life has now settled back into its normal routine. Work is going well (albeit busy with a product release coming up) and I continue to enjoy my time there, with the constant opportunities to learn more and try new things.

Offline I made the concious decision to step back from a few things, to give me more time to do things I want to do. From an early age I've been helping with Scouting based activities, and over the last few years I've enjoyed it less and less (for a mixture of reasons). So when, early this year, I was asked if I would help to organise an event, I finally learnt to say 'no'.

I won't ever be able to fully leave Scouting (I have too many connections to it) but by cutting down the number of commitments, I'm feeling a lot more relaxed and a lot less stressed.

With my new found freedom I've taken the opportunity to do a few more things. I've recently teamed up with some friends to try 3 escape rooms (which I thoroughly enjoyed), manging to escape with 11.5 mins, 7 mins and 5.5 mins spare.

In addition I've been doing more of my standard passtimes - reading, computer games and catching up on tv series. I've also been out for a couple of walks with my family, which I hope to do more of this year.

I'm currently chopping and changing things that I do in my free time and hope at some point to get back to my memory book project. I might event try my hand at some other art too!

I hope you are all keeping well and that 2017 ends up being a good year for everyone.

Updates and Stuff

Thu Dec 22, 2016, 5:07 AM

First off, happy holidays to everyone. I had hoped to write this a few weeks ago, but like the rest of the year time seems to have zipped by and it's almost Christmas. I've now finished work until the new year, and look forward to completing a list of little jobs that I haven't managed to do throughout the rest of the year.

Thank you to all of you that dropped by my page earlier this month to wish me a happy birthday. I had a great day, which was mostly spent at work followed by a nice meal with my family. I got a few DVDs, a couple of games and (as expected) some additional Rubik's cube style puzzles for my collection.

Whilst I know I've done some 'official' journals praising the entries for this year's NaNoEmo event, I also wanted to do a personal shoutout from my own journal. It was wonderful to see so many people take part and the gallery fill up with emoticons. A few of my personal favourites are:

:Holly: by a-kid-at-heart     Heart for you by Krissi001     2016 NaNoEmo - #22 Arachnophobia by Mirz123     Dumbo by KitLightning

I also really enjoyed starting my Memory Book project. The NaNoEmo event was a good way to motivate myself, and I loved seeing snippets of my history, along with how my style has improved. I started to burnout towards the end, but do hope to continue it sometime in the future.

Memory Book: Louise and Nigel by Synfull     Memory Book: Kel and Luke by Synfull     Memory Book: So i herd... by Synfull     Memory Book: Donate Blood by Synfull

In an amongst all of this, I've been taking some time to do some fun things, including a range of crafty things, completing a Nanoblock Mario and a trip to see Moana in the cinema. Next up - Rogue One on Christmas Eve :happybounce:

I think that's about all of my updates for now. I hope everyone has a good Christmas and new year, and I look forward to what 2017 brings.

NaNoEmo 2016 - Event Roundup

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 12, 2016, 9:00 AM
This year's NaNoEmo event has come to a close, and what a year it has been. We received entries from 12 different emoticonists, and I for one enjoyed seeing so fantastic pieces of art flood the gallery during November. To celebrate the event, Mirz123 has kindly created a set of stamps to celebrate milestones for those that took part.

2016 NaNoEmo - Bronze Badge by Mirz123     2016 NaNoEmo - Silver Badge by Mirz123     2016 NaNoEmo - Gold Badge by Mirz123

We also wanted to roundup the entore event with a feature for all those that took part. Please enjoy viewing the pieces below, and check out the Gallery for additional entries.

A big thank you to everyone that took part in and promoted the event. It really wouldn't be the same without you. And we're already looking forward to next year's event :aww:


Aqualung - NaNoEmo 16.2 by Phlum      Peashooter - NaNoEmo 16.7 by Phlum     Fate of Nations - NaNoEmo 16.10 by Phlum


NaNoEmo '16 Day 4: Sun in the Sky by Snowshi     NaNoEmo '16 Day 1: Kawaii Ghostie by Snowshi     NaNoEmo '16 Day 2: Why must you do these things? by Snowshi


NaNoEmo 2016: Day 6 by Fuzzy-Artemis     NaNoEmo - Day 7: Ded by Fuzzy-Artemis     NaNoEmo - Day 11: Unamused by Fuzzy-Artemis


Heart for you by Krissi001     Trump by Krissi001     Bouncy by Krissi001


2016 NaNoEmo - #5 Chess by Mirz123     2016 NaNoEmo - #1 Imagination by Mirz123     2016 NaNoEmo - #22 Arachnophobia by Mirz123


Steamboat-Willie by KitLightningmajor grubert by KitLightningDumbo by KitLightning


:happydance: by a-kid-at-heart     :Holly: by a-kid-at-heart


NaNoEmo-2016 by AspiredWriter


 NaNoEmo 16-6 Showmanship by CassidyPeterson     NaNoEmo 16-2 Rain by CassidyPeterson     NaNoEmo 16-3 The Face Beneath by CassidyPeterson


nanoemo '16 - sleeping by sneakyPancake     nanoemo '16 - walking on hands by sneakyPancake     nanoemo '16 - flappy hands are happy hands by sneakyPancake


Happy Pirate - NaNoEmo by Captain-Savvy


Memory Book: Donate Blood by Synfull Memory Book: GM by Synfull Memory Book: Designing Syn by Synfull

NaNoEmo 2016 - Week 4 Roundup

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 11, 2016, 2:36 PM
I apologise for the delay to this roundup - offline commitments got in the way for both co-hosts, so it's a little behind schedule

Week 4 of NaNoEmo has now come and gone and it's time to feature some of our favourite entries from the final week of the event.

Karen's Picks

nanoemo '16 - sleeping by sneakyPancake   2016 NaNoEmo - #22 Arachnophobia by Mirz123   NaNoEmo 16-7 Melting by CassidyPeterson   NaNoEmo '16 #16: Black Friday Shopping by Snowshi   Toothache by Krissi001

Mirz's Picks

Happy Pirate - NaNoEmo by Captain-Savvy hypno-la by KitLightning Songs From The Wood - NaNoEmo 16.19 by Phlum Cutie by Krissi001 Memory Book: Rubik's Cubes by Synfull

Stay tuned over the coming days as a full roundup of the event will be posted shortly :happybounce:

NaNoEmo 2016 - Week 3 Roundup

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 27, 2016, 2:00 AM
During the third week of NaNoEmo continued to received an awesome array of entries, so here's a round up.

Mirz's picks

Memory Book: GM by Synfull    Snow Pea - NaNoEmo 16.13 by Phlum    Heart for you by Krissi001    NaNoEmo '16 #13: Let's Fly a Kite by Snowshi    A.K.E.E. - NaNoEmo 16.12 by Phlum

Karen's picks

nanoemo '16 - flappy hands are happy hands by sneakyPancake    Phat Beet - NaNoEmo 16.14 by Phlum    Steamboat-Willie by KitLightning    NaNoEmo '16 #11: I Need My Coffee by Snowshi
major grubert by KitLightning

NaNoEmo 2016 - Week 2 Roundup

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 19, 2016, 4:02 PM
Week 2 of NaNoEmo has come to a close and it's once again time to feature some of the amazing artwork which was submitted between the 8th and 14th Nov.

Karen's Picks

Bouncy by Krissi001 2016 NaNoEmo - #8 Vote by Mirz123 nanoemo '16 - bleh by sneakyPancake NaNoEmo - Day 11: Unamused by Fuzzy-Artemis Fate of Nations - NaNoEmo 16.10 by Phlum

Mirz's Picks

Trump by Krissi001 NaNoEmo 16-4 Avocado by CassidyPeterson Memory Book: First DD by Synfull Quidam by KitLightning nanoemo '16 - walking on hands by sneakyPancake

Don't forget it's not too late to join if you wish to take part, and well done for all of those that have managed to make at least one entry. We look forward to seeing the next batch of emotes :)

NaNoEmo 2016: Week 1 Roundup

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 12, 2016, 2:52 AM
In a blink of the eye, part of the month has sped by and we're already 12 days into NaNoEmo.

Firstly, it's been amazing to see so many emoticon filling up the gallery. There's a great range of exciting deviations and it's fantastic to see that the community still wants to be involved.

Mirz123 and myself have therefore decided we would like to feature some of our favourites which you can find below. We aim to do this weekly, but due to slight hiccups in both of our lives, this first edition is a little later than expected.

Mirz's Pick's

Hemispheres - NaNoEmo 16.3 by Phlum   NaNoEmo '16 Day 4: Sun in the Sky by Snowshi   Memory Book: Designing Syn by Synfull   NaNoEmo - Day 7: Ded by Fuzzy-Artemis   NaNoEmo 16-2 Rain by CassidyPeterson

Karen's Pick's

Dumbo by KitLightning   2016 NaNoEmo - #1 Imagination by Mirz123   paint log by Krissi001   :happydance: by a-kid-at-heart

NaNoEmo-2016 by AspiredWriter

We look forward to seeing the next set of entries over the coming days, and hope that the next article isn't quite as delayed.

Where did that month go?

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 5:01 AM

It seems to be becoming a bit of a recurring theme, but once again the weeks have flown by and I feel it's time for an update.

August is all of a bit of a blur. The month started with 3 fun days down in London spending time with zikes blunaowl nillemotes. We explored a bit around Greenwich area and generally just enjoyed all being in the same location at once. Much catching up was done, many stories were told and lots of laughs were had. In general, it was just really epic that after 8 or so years, we were finally able to arrange it all. On the last day we were joined by Kyramy and Alan and went to visit Camden. I forgot just how vibrant that place was, and it was fun to wander around and take it all in.

The next 2 weeks were spent hanging out with my sister, brother-in-law, 2 nieces and nephew. As expected, we crammed in as many visit and adventures as possible, including a parrot rescue centre, otter & owl sanctuary and a 3 day trip to North Wales. It was all rather hectic and tiring, but good fun.

Since then I've been trying to juggle about 6 things at once, whether that be completely revamping a website for the local church, helping at a Scout camp, or running off to the 'Making of Harry Potter' Studio Tour. Whilst I've enjoyed it all, I am looking forward to a few quieter weeks as life settles back into a routine.

In any free time I find I've been playing Pokemon Go. Whilst I know a lot of the hype around the game has died down, it really appeals to my interests for exploration and collecting items. I find it a good motivation to get out and go for a walk (so far I've racked up 132km) and instead of sitting inside and losing my time to the internet, I've been exploring new areas and enjoying the sunshine (whilst it lasts). My current stats are level 22, caught/seen 89 Pokemon, with my highest CP being a Flareon at 1530. B-)

Due to all of this, I apologise for the lack of promotion of the recent NaNoEmo event, but as you can see, life kinda got in the way of things. Lets hope November is a bit calmer and the next event will get the attention it deserves.

That's about all for now. How has everyone else been? Anything new/exciting happening?

VP NaNoEmo 2016

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 30, 2016, 1:53 PM


As many of you will know, this group, NaNoEmo hosts a fun emote-a-day style challenge every November to match up with NaNoWriMo in the literature community. Over the last few years we have had a fair number of emoticonists taking part and some fantastic emotes appearing all through the designated month.

Whilst this is great for creating smaller or ‘chat friendly’ emotes, it is far harder to work on larger canvases in the given time scale. Although there is nothing stopping artists working emotes every day and  producing a smaller quantity of emotes, the majority of participants opt for the more traditional approach of 30 emotes in 30 days.

Mirz123 and myself have therefore decided to one again run a separate event in the month of August (though we've hosted it in June/July in the past), known as VP NaNoEmo, designed specifically for Visual Purpose (VP) emotes.

The Challenge

The challenge of VP NaNoEmo is to ideally create one emote a week -- or if you can't quite manage that, four emotes by the end of August.The emote should be geared towards the Visual Purpose branch of the gallery - emotes which are designed solely to look at and generally feature a larger canvas and background. Some examples include:

Lightning Bug by HsnGoneWild     I will travel across the land by dsinger     Emote Seasons by a-kid-at-heart

If you are unable to make one every week, then 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. If you want to take part and only make 2 emotes then that’s better than none. Equally there is no shame in making more than 1 emote a week if you feel up to it!

For those who are new to this branch of the art form, don’t think you have to go big. VP emotes come in all shapes and sizes and can be as small as 50x50 pixels if you wish. Avatars are also valid VP emotes, and a great way to work on a Visual Purpose emote on a smaller scale. The main aim to make emotes designed to look at rather than use in conversation, so don’t think you have to fill a massive canvas straight away.

Taking Part

If you aim to take part in VP 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 your emote(s) each week. Once you have finished your emote(s) each week, upload them to the 'featured' folder at NaNoEmo so other group members to check them out. At the end of the week/fortnight/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 July 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 VP NaNoEmo can also be entered into other contests/events such as ChallengEmotes giving you exciting themes to base your entries on. VP NaNoEmo simply aims to get people making VP emotes over the summer, so we have no issue with these doubling up as contest entries elsewhere.

Tutorials + Resources

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




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.

Hope to see some wonderful emotes come through the gallery this year. I will personally be participating and hope it inspires me to emote beyond that. :) (Smile)



Busy, busy, busy ...

Wed Jul 20, 2016, 2:40 PM


Once again a couple of months have flown by and I'm not quite sure where the time has gone. The last few weekends have been a blur of Scout events (marking 30 years of Beavers, 100 years of Cubs and 70 years of my Scout Group) which have been fun, but very tiring. As the next few weeks approach I can't imagine life will get any calmer, though the Scout stuff will die down as it's now the school holiday.


One of the biggest pieces of recent news is that I got a new role at my job ... kinda. Since I joined the company I've technically belonged to one department, but floated between multiple different teams depending on who needed documentation support. However, as our company is about to launch a new product, my focus for the last few months has gradually shifted towards this and the decision was made last week to officially make me part of the development team.

Realistically, not a lot has changed. I report to a different manager, attend different meetings and have a bigger focus on one product, but for the most part it's all similar to what I was doing before. I do however get a nice shiny new job title (instead of my old one of 'Team Member') and the opportunity for a pay boost in the near future (which would be nice).

I've already been sat with this team for over 6 months, and logically it's the right direction in which to move, and the right time to do it. So far it's been quite refreshing as we can write documentation at the same time as development, instead of weeks, months or even years later. At the same time, I've been allocated resource time, so I can actually get people to review and feedback on things I create. Lets hope that it stays this way.

The biggest downside is the limited time until the product launches. I really should have joined this team about 3 months ago in order to start the documentation flowing and working on the tutorial website. Instead I have around 3 weeks, which makes things a little rushhed but certainly keeps things busy and interesting.

Going to London ...

At the start of August I'll be vanishing for a few days for a short trip to London. After 8 or so years of trying, we've finally managed to arrange for blunaowl, nillemotes, zikes any myself all to be in one place, which will be exciting. We have some plans in place (though I don't actually know what they are) and it should be a good laugh - and definitely worth the wait.

American Invasion

Overlapping with the meetup, my sister (and family) are flying in from the States for a couple of weeks. I've managed to book most of the time off work, so look forward to running around visiting places. No plans are currently set in stone, but I'm sure I'll enjoy exploring places and spending time with them.


Earlier this month I managed to find some time to finish off some emoticons, which was actually quite enjoyable. Whilst I'd like to do more, I don't think I will be able to fit much in between other commitments.

However, I am going to try my best to run a NaNoEmo event in August for Visual Purpose (VP) emoticons. Here's a link to last year's event to let you know what it will be about, and certainly join the group if you think it sounds interesting.

*blows dust off* ... hello?

Thu May 26, 2016, 1:03 PM

Is it really nearly June?! 2016 seems to be flying past in the blink of an eye that I don't really know where the days... weeks... months have gone.

As usual, life has been busy. Though this year I've been making a concerted effort to do more things because I *want* to do them, and not because I feel I *have* to. So in general I'm less stressed and much happier. There's still certain things I want to change, but I seem to be headed in the right direction.

The deviation I mentioned in my last journal (featuring 10 years on dA) sadly never materialised. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, and it just seemed to get lower and lower down my to-do list. My house is currently filled with half-finished books/games/projects, so fingers crossed I find time at some point to finish it off.

Whilst I've not been active in the Emote Community for some time, I still lurk around in the background. Over the past month-or-so I've been pleased to see a couple of community members (lead by Phlum) helping to revive it.

After so much time, effort and passion that was poured into the old community, it hurt to seen it torn apart the way it was. I was starting to wonder if it would ever get back up on its feet, so it's great to see things starting to happen again, and some new faces taking an active role in running things.

I still feel like "This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good". So if you haven't already, take a minute to watch ChallengEmotes, Emoticon-Circle and TheEmoticonGallery. And don't forget to take a look at The new 'Give us a smile' project:

Give me your smile Project by Krissi001

I have quite a few things happening over the next couple of months, so I assume it will be a while before I find the time to post again. That said, I'm often not far away, so feel free to poke me or give me a note if you want a chat.

A decade on dA

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:35 AM

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the date I joined deviantART, and what a ride it has been.

Part of me can't quite believe it has been a full decade, but at the same time, it's interesting to look back and see how much has changed over the years. Having joined the site at 15 years old, it's now difficult to remember a time without dA and I really do think my life would be different if I hadn't created this account. Whilst over the last few years my involvement has decreased and I generally lurk in the background, I know as a teenager dA has encouraged me to come out of my shell, given me a much needed confidence boost and lead to some awesome friendships.

As a bit of an experiment, I took some time earlier this week to read through all my my old dA journals ..... which was interesting to say the least. Whilst I no longer feel I am that person, it was nice to see my journey to where I am today and know deviantART was here for me as I stumbled through stages of my life.

I think one of the things which stood out the most is the fact I've been lucky to have a number of great opportunities and experiences through the site. I fell into an art form which I loved with a great community (at the time) and was fortunate to develop a healthy number of watchers and earn numerous Daily Deviations.  I spent 9 months as a Gallery Moderator (now known as Community Volunteers), and whilst I cringe at some of the decisions I made and ways I reacted, it did give me an outlet for my leadership skills and enthusiasm towards emoticons. And I became a respected community member, devoting masses of my time to news articles, chatrooms, groups and contests, for which I was awarded Deviousness in 2013.

But out of all the years, I think the most important thing is the friends I've made along the way. I've met people all across the globe, even leading to 3 international trips and 10 devmeets. I've lost count of the long conversations, late nights and happy memories, and I'd be glad to do it all again if I had the chance.

To mark the occasion I wanted to make a deviation themed around my last 10 years, but I've sadly missed the deadline. However I know deep down I'd prefer to do things properly and be proud of my work instead of rushing something to get it out on time.

I don't think there's much else to say except a massive 'thank You' for all those that I have met over the past 10 years. And here's to the next 10?!?

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     <da:thumb id="572397801"/>     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.

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:

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:

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!