I just posted the 2016 Summary of Art Meme and it was pretty pathetic. While I did create more art on my mirz333
account, overall 2016 was just a bad art year for me. Art block was some of it. Real-life drama was a lot of it. Couple that with a terrible multi-year bout of depression (which finally broke near the end of the year), it was just a disaster.
That said, there were a few highlights. NaNoEmo
which was co-hosted by me and Synfull
really helped drag me back into emoji-making. Then the Emoticonist Advent Calendar Project 2016
hosted by Krissi001
built on that and got me back into more detailed pixelling. So a huge thank you to those two. While I'm not sure if I'll ever be back to my "golden days" of emoticon-ing, I do hope 2017 will be better art wise for me.
That said, with so few pieces created, I have decided to skip my yearly top-10 countdown of my favorite pieces, and just post a few of my faves in no particular order.
This is one of my favorite pieces because it was such a challenge to pixel. So much of the character of a person is their clothing, so it can be very difficult to create an emoticon that is recognizable without a shirt/dress/etc. Props are important, but they can sometimes obscure the emote or be distracting. Creating the Little Drummer Boy proved quite tricky, as well as setting up the whole scene in the small template for the Emoticonist Advent Calendar. In the end, I am proud how it turned out, and was happy I could pixel one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.
This one is one of my faves for nostalgia's sake. Back in the "good ol' days" of the emoticon community, most of the artists had character representations of themselves. Mine was/is Minnie, the monkey girl. And my real-life husband's character was Jamocha. One of the last "events" we had planned was a wedding picture which we hoped to feature other emoticonists' characters attending the big day. Well, that never happened, but I knew the two ended up tying the knot. It was fun to show just what happened to the two -- they started a family.
I'm a big fan-girl of angels, and have quite a few angel emoji in my gallery. One of my favorites is the archangel, Michael. When working on NaNoEmo
, I knew I wanted to finally create an emoticon version of him. Though simple, I think it turned out rather well, and is one of my personal all-time favorites.
This piece is one of my favorites, but not for the reason most people would think. I don't particularly like stalkers and don't want to celebrate them -- generally or personally. However, as I mentioned above, it can be tricky to create an emoticon that looks the look. For a stalker, it was important to do the hat and the glasses and the trenchcoat. After quite a few tries, I managed to come up with this design, and I think it looks great.
Simple animations are admittedly easier than longer/complex animations. However, they can be more tricky as you have to convey something in a much smaller space. I have long wanted to do a "biting your nails" emoticon, but wasn't quite sure how to pull it off. This one took a lot longer than you would think, as I tried various things. In the end, I settled on this design and it worked well. Just a small personal accomplishment.
As always, thank you all for your continued support, even though my MIA moments. I am glad you all still like my work and look forward to making more emoticons for your use in the future.