Mon Nov 21, 2011, 2:51 AM
Sorry, a bit late due to the holiday.
As lovely as emoticons are art-wise, no one can deny their core creation and usage: to help convey emotion in words on chats, forums, etc. A good chat-friendly emote is small, doesn't break up the text too much, and allows the user to express themselves with or without words. Here is a collection of awesome chat-friendly emotes by various dA artists:
Aside from graphics that can be used in chats and to express one's self, emoticonists are also known for their OCs. These emote representations of the artist appear in avatars, stamps, and stand alone pieces. Over the years, a wide variety of emote OCs have crossed dA. Here is but a small sampling of those characters:
One of the questions I get asked the most is how to make emotes. Aside from directing people to Emotication, I encourage new emoticonists to utilize base packs. One of the most daunting things about emotes can be the shading and the base. A flat colored base can make a good emote look average to poor. Utilizing bases until you find your own style is simply good sense. Here are a collection of some of my favorite base packs:
:thumb180981440: by oOStacieOo
A unique and lovely style. Adore the glassiness.
Nice collection of bold colors with great shading.
If you've seen a massive emote, chances are it was made on this base.
Lovely dithering and fun design.
I really fail at shading, so I admire when it's done well.
This pack features gorgeous coloring.
:thumb126276462: by Synfull
More lovely shading from a prominent emoticonist.
Vibrant colors--very cute.
A sweet and simple back. Lovely for beginners
who may be overwhelmed by a bigger pack.
Lovely mid-size base. Great coloring and design.
This is a pack I used personally for a while.
Just love the shading and the classic Krissi expressions.
My personal all-time favorite pack. This has everything you need, and the coloring is lovely. I used this one for quite some time before developing my own style. I still refer back to it from time to time.
Thanks for all the features! Great features in generalllllllll. <3
I love to feature you and your work, sweetie.
These features are amazing.
Thank you for the feature!
Thank you for including my stamp in you fantastic feature.
awesome!! and i noticed that "deviant for 6 month" changed to "deviant for 7 month" on my page today
Awesome features! Thanks!
So nice to see you posting again. I missed you muchly.
Awesome chatness up there!
thank you for the features <3
thanks for the feature
oh my gosh thank you for the feature <3
i should make more emotes i haven't made any for a while ubububu
Thanks for the feature!
I like all the choices.
I like all the choices.
I desire some of those emoticon cookies.