Archive for ‘emoticons’

20 Sep 2007

Skull Emoticons v1.1 – Now in Green too!

I was kindly asked if I could do green versions of my blue skull smileys for Unit 16 forums, so here they are. I’ve also noticed that the set was missing a few fairly basic ones so I added those too. They’re the last four of the sets.

:) :D LOL ;) :P :b :( :[ :...( :o
:O x[ :/ :| x.x 8) B) love oops grumble
whatever sexy radioactive beer

And here are the new, green ones:

:) :D LOL ;) :P :b :( :[ :...( :o
:O x[ :/ :| x.x 8) B) love oops grumble
whatever sexy radioactive beer

And, again, you can download both sets as a single zip-file. And again, of instant messengers they should work with at least MSN and Pidgin.

Download Skull Emoticons V1.1

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24 Aug 2007

Blue Skull Smileys – Complete Set

It was brought to my knowledge that the smileys I posted earlier didn’t work with MSN messenger. Well, that wasn’t really a surprise, since I hadn’t even thought that they could be used that way too. But it gave me a push to work on them a little more – well, actually completely redoing them.

The problem with MSN was that it uses 19 px emoticons instead of the 16 px I’d done. That fit me fine, since I’d already thought of doing bigger versions of them, to get clearer expressions. And true enough, the extra 3 pixels make a big difference and the new ones were much easier to do too.

I don’t think I’ll go into any detail about the design process – so here’s the full set of the twenty emoticons:

:) :D LOL ;) :P :b :( :[ :...( :o
:O x[ :/ :| x.x 8) B) love oops grumble

Or you can download the whole set as a single zip-file too. Have fun and use however you see fit.


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13 Aug 2007

Emoticons Galore

I had a go at creating emoticons. They were kind of made for Stylus -forums, but I treated this more like a personal exercise, and the chance to try doing something unfamiliar.

I was using 16 x 16 pixels format for these – and that feels really small. The main goal I had was to keep the expressions as clear as possible – which meant keeping them really simple – while getting some unique character for them on the side. Turned out keeping them just legible is quite a task in itself. No wonder the round, basic smileys are so popular: they work really well!

First round: Pretty basic:

Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

Second round: Skulls. Thought these were a bit unclear in parts and the white color isn’t the best one to use with these. Some other color for the skin pops out the eye and teeth whites better – thus making the expressions clearer:

Skull Smiley Skull Smiley Skull Smiley Skull Smiley Skull Smiley Skull Smiley

Third round: Simpler skulls with blue face. They’re perharps a bit too dark for this background:

Blue Skull Smiley Blue Skull Smiley Blue Skull Smiley Blue Skull Smiley Blue Skull Smiley Blue Skull Smiley Blue Skull Smiley

It’s hard stuff – more respect for the designers and pixel artists that are actually good at this stuff.