This is something I do every year, look back on my gallery and pick my top-10 favorite deviations. This year I suffered with terrible depression throughout most of the year. While I mentioned it here and there, only a few of my friends knew the true extent and severity of it. And, as much as I'd like to say otherwise, I'm still not all-together over it. That said, looking back at how little art I created in 2015 doesn't entirely surprise me. Though, on the flip side, the fact I was able to create so much art despite being in such a dark place most of the time is encouraging. It really does show the importance of art and how it touches your spirit. Anyhow, despite making so little, I'm happy I managed quite a few pieces I'm really proud of. So, without further ado, my top-10 picks for 2015...
Seems like I've managed only one font a year for the past few years. Sadly, the main reason for this is that my font program, which I heavily depended on, stopped working on Window 7. And, after a hard-drive crash, I couldn't even re-install it on an XP machine (the company went out of business and I couldn't obtain an install key from their site). Nevertheless, I'm glad that I managed to finish this Valentine font which I've had in my WIP folder for a few years now.
I am a super big fan of minimal animation emotes. While big animations are certainly cool, I think that simple emotes can be some of the most fun and useful ones. This one isn't all the spectacular, but I think it looks neat and is fun.
Another simple animation, but I love it to pieces. It's simple, cute, and useful. What a good chat-emote should be. I think it's one of my all-time favorites of my "cutie emote" series.
I was so happy how this turkey la turned out. I have a particular love my turkey emote design, and I was happy that I was able to use it to create a good "la" design. I was also pleasantly surprised that DA used it in their official "Happy Thanksgiving" message to the site, bringing in a flood of comments, favs, and new watchers.
I miss doing stamps, but was happy I managed a few this year. This one ended up as one of my favorites for two reasons: 1 - I love cats. And as many commented, all of my cats are my "kittens." And 2 - Even though it was a simple, I was quite pleased with the petting animation. A simple stamp for all of us cat-lovers. :3
This piece is special to me as it was created for a gift for one of my oldest and dearest online friends. I met BradLeeSP
before I joined DA, and before I made a name for myself as an emoticonist. He offered me a lot of help in the beginning, and was very encouraging of my work with emotes and smileys. I'm so glad we became friends, and are still friends, and continue to work on a project which we hope will showcase the great emote/smiley artists from past and present. Anyhow, it was fun coming up with something that fit the theme, and I am super-happy how Brad's emote OC came out.
Thanks goodness for VP NaNoEmo. It really helped push me this year to create a few stellar pieces, despite my less than cheerful mood. Despite being depressed, I wanted to do something bright and with colors. This scene was pretty simple, but it ended up being one of my more popular pieces of the year. It was nice to do something low-key and relatively quick, which still turned out quite nice.
A very recent piece. This was my gift to Wooded-Wolf
for the EmoteSecretSanta
. I think what I'm most proud of is the fact I considered doing something much less complex for the dragon design, but decided to do something detailed. I think one of the things that is always a challenge in emote art is the scale. You can't simply take a regular image and shrink it down and pixel-over it (which is how some people think we do it). There is lots of adjusting to be done, and tweaking of colors as such a small palette requires adjustments. I was quite pleased with this piece, even though I feel it pales in comparison to many of the other SS entries. Does show me that I still have a long way to go and learn.
I love ancient mythology, and I've had such a blast working on my series of emoticon versions of famous mythology paintings and scenes. Even though this one is a bit of a mash-up of move-fare, I was proud how it turned out. Particularly, Pegasus, who was tricky to interpret in true emote form (I didn't want to make him a horse with legs). While some of my other pieces might be more skilled, this is one I feel sums up my style the best. Chibi-emoticon, as I describe it. Plus, it was just fun to pixel -- no stress - which is always a pleasure when that happens.
By far, my favorite of the year. I think because I spent so much time working out the perspective properly, and trying to make it as close to the original scene from "Jason and the Argonauts" as I could. This took a ton of time, but it was worth it. It was also exciting to see how many other people were excited about it -- it's such a classic scene, and so many people love Ray Harryhausen, it was nice to feel that connection.
Honorable Mentions - A few pieces that I just happened to really like for no special reason.
Again, this year not really enough art to segregate regular emotes and stamps. Hopefully next year.