This was supposed to be my entry for the April EMTC. The theme was hobbies. Of course, at this point in my life, making emotes is by far my biggest and most regular hobby.
I came up with this idea weeks ago, but ended up with a horrible case of strep throat and couldn't pixel much. I spent the last few days working like mad to get it done in time to submit. Alas, at the last moment, ^krissi001
entered with the same theme. Even though her emote is pretty different, the core idea was the same--an emote creating an emote on a computer in real time. I didn't want to look like a copy-cat (though we both independently got the idea), and I didn't want to look like I was trying to steal her thunder (though I doubt I could have as her entry is 1000 times more epic than mine), so I decided to bow out. Instead, I hurried and made my typing/writer emote. [link]
So, here it is as a stand-alone piece. This probably took me upwards of 10 hours to do. It's 202 frames. Synching the mouse movements with the screen movement probably took me triple the time it took me to do the screen animation. Oh, and getting the frame rates down, too, was a PITA. I used a lot of the tricks I learned making my Fella Newscast piece. [link]
I know it's a bit long, but it really does show (mostly) my process for making emotes and animating them, as I generally do each cell separately. Plus, I think it's fun to watch. I really didn't expect to win with this, anyway, as there are way better entries in the contest than this.
It was kinda funny. As I was working on this, I really had this weird deja vu feeling, kinda like being in an Escher painting.
Credit for giant emote base goes to =Wooded-Wolf
As with most of my smileys, you may use this on and off dA, without my permission. The only thing I ask is that you keep the file name in tact and don't remove any credit information. If you do use it for something, it would be nice if you could comment and let me know. It encourages me to make more smileys if I know people are using/enjoying them. Please note, this piece is NOT available for commercial use.***
Check out ^krissi001's super amazing emote hobby piece: