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Emoticon expression tutorial by Indae Emoticon expression tutorial by Indae
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert :lol: This is just the way I work.

I really hope this is a helpful step by step guide for someone looking to improve their emote expressions. I find that having exagerated facial features helps a lot with static emotes, as there is no movement. (And sorry if there are typos)

If you want any help, don't hesitate to ask :) Note or comment~

Here are the stock images I mentioned:

Thanks to ~Gracies-Stock, `DanHeffer-Stock and ~DeAtHBuTtErFly-stock



EDIT:
Thank you so so much for the Daily deviation! :D This make four, I'm really honoured :') My keyboard is broken at the moment, but I'm replying as fast as I can! :D
Thanks to ^krissi001 too! :heart:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-05-10
As part of the Resources Week of ^ProjectEducate I present you the Emoticon expression tutorial by =converse-kidd
This is a wonderful tutorial that shows how stock images can be used for creating realistic emoticon expressions. ( Featured by Krissi001 )
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Tylarx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
very helpful thanks! :meow:
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:iconbubbiies:
bubbIies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful Indae, thank you. :D
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pleasure :aww:
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:iconfooy723:
Fooy723 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011   General Artist
lol gotta love that face :meow:
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :aww:
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:iconthornangel:
ThornAngel Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, thats an intresting way to do it lol
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :aww:
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:iconthornangel:
ThornAngel Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :3
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:iconngggrye58:
Ngggrye58 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Artist
how do you use it
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You learn from it...
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:iconngggrye58:
Ngggrye58 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Artist
oh ok
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:iconnmna:
NMNA Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm not an emoticonist, but this is brilliant (: looks very helpful, well-deserved DD!
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :aww: I hope that it is helpful~
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:iconreplevy:
replevy Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I SEE YOU HERE.
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:iconnmna:
NMNA Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
why are you even this far down in the comments

why are you

ok hi
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:iconreplevy:
replevy Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Because, you were at the top when I saw it and commented

trolololol
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:iconspring-sky:
spring-sky Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww..Very sweet

Thanks for making the tutorial

And congrats for the DD
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :P I hope you find it helpful
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:iconspring-sky:
spring-sky Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyourewelcomesignplz:
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Katana-Nova-Cat Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really make emoticons, but this is pretty well done! :meow:

:iconimhighplz::icondancingcatplz: :D :D Congrats on the DD! :D :D :icondancingcatplz::iconimhighplz:
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice use of plz accounts :lol:
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Katana-Nova-Cat Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :meow:
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:iconniekitty:
niekitty Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
=O_O=
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^
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:iconniekitty:
niekitty Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
=^^= *purr*
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:iconllightdriver:
Llightdriver Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Wow. I Didn'T know about this "behind the scenes" of emoticons...
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think many people do :giggle: A lot of people pass off emotes as being easy work compared to the brilliance of traditional paintings, but if as you can see, the placing of each pixel can determine a whole range of emotions, if anything, the restricted canvas size means that work has to be near to perfect to achieve a 'wow factor'.
:)
No creo que mucha gente hace :giggle: Un montón de gente pasar emotes como un trabajo fácil en comparación con el brillo de la pintura tradicional, pero si como se puede ver, la colocación de cada píxel puede determinar toda una gama de emociones, en todo caso, el tamaño del lienzo restringida significa que el trabajo tiene que estar cerca de perfecto para lograr un "factor sorpresa".
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Llightdriver Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Hm I can see all this. And let me say that there is no small categories..
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :hug:
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:iconllightdriver:
Llightdriver Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Wow. Yo no sabía acerca de este "detrás de escena" de emoticonos ...
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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:iconrickyrico:
rickyrico Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :dummy:
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Rico!
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:iconrickyrico:
rickyrico Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome Indie the kidd! :heart:
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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:icontuskface:
Tuskface Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How has it taken this long for this to become a DD?! :noes:
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Is that a good point?
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:icontuskface:
Tuskface Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Tuskface Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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ZutaraMushroom Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Ahah I actually really wanna do that last stock image now! :D
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You should! :D
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:iconzutaramushroom:
ZutaraMushroom Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
maybe when I have time =P I have an essay that I should be writing ;)
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Then write! Then, after that, emote!
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:iconzutaramushroom:
ZutaraMushroom Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
yes m'am! :D
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:iconachimstyle:
Achimstyle Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional
Nice picture!
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Congrats on the DD *attempts later when I'm not at school and have my MSPaint baaaaaack*
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:iconindae:
Indae Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds good! :D Good luck! Thanks :)
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lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
[link] poof! i'm pretty proud of this, although i almost wish they were more complicated xD but with pixels...simpler the better lol
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