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Give us a YAY!


It's very hard to spend a day on deviantART without seeing an emoticon. They appear pretty much everywhere around the site and with many being made each day, the list of different emotions and actions shown is endless.

However, what is not always seen is the time, effort, energy and passion that can go into these little characters. It is this idea which has launched this contest. Give us a YAY aims to encourage people to try out emoticons and get some insight into what goes on behind the screen.

Rules



The rules for this contest are simple:

:bulletblue: Create an emoticon with a 'YAY' theme
:bulletpurple: All entries must be brand new submissions, submitted after 9th April 2009
:bulletblue: The contest will end on 9th May 2009 (11.59pm PST). All entries must be submitted before this date.
:bulletpurple: You can enter as many times as you wish
:bulletblue: Entries can be Static (non-moving) or Animated (moving)
:bulletpurple: All entries must be 100% your own work
:bulletblue: Please state in the comments that your deviation is an entry for this contest

Categories



As the aim of this contest is to encourage any deviant to take part, there are two categories for entry:

:bulletblue: New
:bulletpurple: Experienced.

This has been devised to allow deviants that are not yet experienced in emoticons to enter without being put up against deviants well settled into the emoticon gallery.

Prizes



Well it wouldn't really be a contest without prizes. The prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category are:

:bulletblue: 1st Place :bulletblue:

- One pack of official dA emoticon stressballs
- 3 Month subscription donated by capncraka
- 3 Month sub donated by Sinister-Starfeesh
- Request from xxfangirlkillerxx
- Chibi Request from elicoronel16
- Avatar request from Waluigi-Prower
- Journal feature from Synfull
- Journal feature from Helewidis
- Journal feature from AndyGassner
- Journal feature from orangefruits
- Journal feature from blunaowl
- Journal feature from Droneguard
- Journal feature from CookiemagiK
- Journal feature from BurgerBunny
- Journal feature from Waluigi-Prower
- Journal Feature from Nekoori
- Journal feature from Cmotes
- Journal feature from SparklyDest
- Journal feature from PatrickRuegheimer
- Journal feature from Yoshiko-86
- Journal feature from elicoronel16
- Journal feature from ManiacalMuffin
- Journal feature from Gnog
- Journal feature from Amarie-Veneanar

:bulletpurple: 2nd Place :bulletpurple:

- One pack of official dA emoticon buttons
- 1 Month sub donated by Sinister-Starfeesh
- Request from xxfangirlkillerxx
- Avatar Request from elicoronel16
- Journal feature from Synfull
- Journal feature from Helewidis
- Journal feature from AndyGassner
- Journal feature from orangefruits
- Journal feature from blunaowl
- Journal feature from Droneguard
- Journal feature from CookiemagiK
- Journal feature from BurgerBunny
- Journal feature from Waluigi-Prower
- Journal Feature from Nekoori
- Journal feature from Cmotes
- Journal feature from SparklyDest
- Journal feature from PatrickRuegheimer
- Journal feature from Yoshiko-86
- Journal feature from elicoronel16
- Journal feature from ManiacalMuffin
- Journal feature from Gnog
- Journal feature from Amarie-Veneanar

:bulletblue: 3rd Place :bulletblue:

- Request from xxfangirlkillerxx
- Avatar Request from elicoronel16
- Journal feature from Synfull
- Journal feature from Helewidis
- Journal feature from AndyGassner
- Journal feature from orangefruits
- Journal feature from blunaowl
- Journal feature from Droneguard
- Journal feature from CookiemagiK
- Journal feature from BurgerBunny
- Journal feature from Waluigi-Prower
- Journal Feature from Nekoori
- Journal feature from Cmotes
- Journal feature from SparklyDest
- Journal feature from PatrickRuegheimer
- Journal feature from Yoshiko-86
- Journal feature from elicoronel16
- Journal feature from ManiacalMuffin
- Journal feature from Gnog
- Journal feature from Amarie-Veneanar

Custom animal sprite/avatar from SapphirexKitsune for her favorite entry overall.

Prize donations are always welcome, even if it's just a journal feature. The up to date list of prizes will be placed in this journal.

Judges



The judges for this contest will be:

:iconsynfull: :iconhelewidis: :iconandygassner:

Each entry will be judged on a number of different aspects such as originality, how well it fits the theme and the general look of the emoticon.

Submitting your entry



Entries for this contest can be submitted my placing the emoticon in the following category when uploading onto deviantART:

Contests > 2009 > Give us a YAY

In the comments section please state whether you feel you should be placed in the 'New' or the 'Experienced' category. The final decision on categories will be down to the judges, however this ensures your view its known.

That's as simple as it is. Even if your emoticon doesn't turn out perfectly, it's still worth entering. If you browse through most emoticonists pages, you're bound to find an emoticon that is rather rough around the edges. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Tutorials and Programs



As some of you may not be aware of what is needed for an emoticon, I have complied a list of some useful information and tutorials below. One of the most useful resources is the Emotication account which acts as a hub for list over 160 different tutorials, base packs, FAQs and useful information.

:bulletblue:Programs:bulletblue:

There are many different programs you can use to create an emoticon. Some of the most common ones are listed below:

- Adobe Fireworks
- Photoshop / Imageready
- Ulead GIF animator
- Animation shop
- GIMP – Free for download
- Paint (static only)
- PaintShop Pro (Static only)
- Paint.Net

More additional information on obtaining a FREE copy/trials of these programs can be found on this page


:bulletpurple: Tutorials :bulletpurple:

A full list of all known emoticon tutorials can be found on this page, however listed blow is a selection of good tutorials to get you started :)

General</u>

Complete Emoticon Guide part 1 by LeoLeonardo EMOTE TUTORIAL by luckylinx :thumb41127314:

Photoshop / Image ready</u>

Complete Emoticon Guide part 2 by LeoLeonardo Emote Tutorial Part 2 by ChaosEmeraldHunter Being awesome -making emotes by trezoid

Fireworks</u>

emote shading tutorial by SophieHoulden Animated Emotes In Fireworks by blunaowl

GIMP</u>

Basic dA Emote tute for GIMP by MissLittlewood More Advanced Emotes for GIMP by popcorn-pops

My Tutorials</u>

Syn's shading tutorial by Synfull 2 program animation tutorial by Synfull Syn's Emote Hints + Tips by Synfull

:bulletblue:Other:bulletblue:

If you have any other questions or queries about this contest, or emoticons in general, then just drop me a note and I will get back you.

I look forward to seeing the entries. Have fun and give use a YAY!
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PikachuMario Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
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Synfull Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
You do realise this contest ended nearly 2 years ago and making an entry would be pointless? And please don't spam plz accounts like that. Just makes you look like a 9 year old kid
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PikachuMario Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Omg... really? I didn't knonw it ended 2 years ago.
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sakura-the-kunoichi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
oh nevermind i saw that it ended a while ago :P
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sakura-the-kunoichi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
is it still open? if so i want to make one too!
but im not sure if im new or experience because i have 2 emotes in my gallery. so im not COMPLETLEY new, but i dont do it often.
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Cmotes Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
I'm not new to emoticons, I guess. I think I'm experienced. :hmm:
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Cmotes Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
Just to hear your thoughts. :B
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LuffyFoxtrot Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Not sure if you or anyone have noticed this, but I've been looking through the current entries and I've seen a few pieces that don't seem to belong there...
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madb0y Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Finally I made my entry :)
Thats nice that we had such a long time for comming up with ideas, Thanks! :D
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