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This is not your normal emoticon group. This group is dedicated to emoticon art. Basically emotes that are created for viewing as art pieces rather than for chat or forum use. These emoticons are typically distinguished by detailed props and backgrounds, as well as high-level animation. They are oftentimes showcase pieces and display a greater level of pixelling skill.

Many people argue that emoticons are simple and don't qualify as true art. This group is here to prove otherwise!
Founded 4 Years ago
Aug 8, 2010


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Emoti-Art Feature #1

Sat May 18, 2013, 5:32 AM

:thumb372315175: What is Emoticon Art?

What is Emoticon Art?  As founder of Emoti-Art, that's a question I get asked a lot. What criteria is used that sets one piece apart from another? 

First, it should be noted that I am of the belief that all emoticons are art. I feel a level of skill is needed to make them, and even a simple static emote is creative. Sure, it may not be high-art, such as a child's sketch is not a Mona Lisa. But there is still effort behind it and that's important. For more thoughts on this issue from the emoticon community, check out this article.

When we use the term "Emoticon Art," it's a classification, much like Chat-Friendly. Traditionally, Emoticon Art pieces are larger and more detailed. Because of their size and theme, they are often not useful for chats or comments. They are pieces that are simply lovely to sit and look at, admiring the details and pixelling, or marvelling at the high-level of skill and complexity of the animation.

Of course, the question often arises, can "chat-friendly" emoticons be emoticon-art? That's tricky and there are different schools of thought on the issue. Personally, I feel they can, but it's more of an exception to the rule. For the mostpart, chat-friendly are functional and not meant to simply be admired.  Chat-friendly emotes that fall into the "art" category usually include additional pixel art, props, disguises, or other features which make the piece stand apart from regular emoticons. While I have seen some amazing chat-friendly emotes, the bottom line is that even if you have an out-of-this world emoticon smile (or wave or wink), chances are you're not gonna sit there for several minutes admiring it. That's not its purpose. 

Visual Purpose is the phrase that is used to describe most Emoticon-Art. It's to be admired, and perhaps used as decoration. But, again, not all visual purpose emotes are emoticon art. 

Whatever the case, Emoticon Art is a valuable part of the emoticon community. It is a cross between standard emoticons and general pixel art. It gives emoticonists a chance to spread their pixelling wings and create something special. This article showcases a collection of some emoticon art favorites. This is just a small collection of what you can find around deviantART.  Be sure to check out the Visual Purpose gallery and Emoti-Art to see even more great pieces.

Cutie Artist by mirzjiles Emoti-Art Feature

All of these pieces are part of Emoti-Art

26 ticon by Ace0fredspades Rummel by teufelchenonline Emote Donkey Kong by Ravenswd Emotes World Party by madb0y Yeaaaaah by Mekki You can't lock up music by ZeroV25 Emote On A Boat -Cloudy by iiKaptain Sun Luv I by Sophibelle for mirz by Mr-hottiepants Avatar for xXHappyRainbowXx by BlissfullySarcastic The Emote House by SanguineEpitaph Fairly Odd Parents - Wishology by etNoir R U an Orange? by KinnisonArc Greenafire by greenafire Hello Kitty Plushie by Kiss-the-Iconist Monkey Pirate Ship by Mirz123 The Son of Man... is a Tard by a-kid-at-heart Summer time in Emote World by GemDeDude far away by Sweet-DooDo Circle of Life by Synfull Fairyland by Seiorai

Cutie Syn by mirzjiles Synfull's Picks

When creating this article, I asked Synfull if she would be so kind and give me a list of some of her favorite emoticon art pieces. Here's her collection:

Lightning Bug by HsnGoneWild  Emote Seasons by a-kid-at-heart Orbit Buddy by Royaba The Rooftop by IceXDragon heart galaxy by mintyy PvPvF: The History of the Apocalypse by BlissfullySarcastic Relationship by MerelyCubed Argghh... by Scorpion81 easytoon test by CookiemagiK that darned fly ANIMATED by Blue-Berry-Boy Toy Crane Avatar by Koomba Watch Workshop by otohime0394 ArkaEmote by Droneguard

Cutie Jamocha by mirzjiles Ravenswd's Picks

Since I love to spread the Emoticon Art love, I also asked Ravenswd to give me a group of his favorites. Here are his picks:

Scribblenauts Loop by PixelatedYoshi let's swing into spring by TanteTabata Shark Fishing by KindKristy99 Mintyy Trade- Ice Cream Part One by Astrikos It's REVAMP'D - NaNoEmo 12/30 by BlissfullySarcastic By A Thread... by SleepingInTheShadows Limited Color Challenge by happy-gurl Paper Boat + Paper Hat = Awesomeness! by 8-bitCoffee Easter Artist by spring-sky Wheel... Of... Fortune! by EternalxRequiem Paper Hearts by Eightence It's a rainy day... by Czar-the-Dragon Evil-tree by Krissi001 Gothic Moth by IceXDragon :thumb368339406: :invisibleglomp: by Waluigi-Prower

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Submission Guidelines

As this group is just starting out, we don't have a lot of rules. That may or may not change!

:bulletgreen: This group accepts pieces that are considered emoticon art. They are generally larger, more details pieces. Because of their size and theme, they are typically not useful for chats or comments.*

:bulletgreen: Members may submit up to 3 deviations a week. That may not sound like a lot, but this Group is not here to feature your whole gallery but to showcase your truly stand-out pieces.

:bulletgreen: All submissions are subject to approval by our staff. If it is rejected for quality reasons, please honor our decision and do not re-submit. However, if the piece is re-done, you may submit the updated piece for consideration.

:bulletgreen: Please try to submit to the proper folder. However, if you submit to the incorrect area, out staff will move it to the proper place for you.

:bulletgreen: Feel free to suggest faves! If the piece is good enough, we will considering adding it to our main gallery.

*There are some exception to the "chat-emote" rules. Those particular pieces usually include additional pixel art, props, disguises, or other features which make the piece stand apart from regular emoticons. It is the staff's final decision if a piece of this nature qualifies for inclusion in our gallery.


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mideila Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Photographer
Emoticon))) Smile
Inkblot123 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is it ok if you request to add this [link] to your gallery? its a cool little emoticon i made, and i want to share it with people, but i'm not looking to join any new groups.

also, i have a group about emoticons as well :iconemoticon-universe: , so it you would be interested in affiliating with it, that would be cool. it doesn't have that many members, so people hardly ever submit to it, but if your interested, then send a affiliation request or something.
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I'm sorry, but even though the piece is sized to be an emote, it is not an emoticon. It is not a "ball with a face", so it doesn't qualify for consideration for the group.
Inkblot123 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ATEL1ER Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Just stumbled upon this group, and the art here is AMAZING!
Mirz123 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Very late reply, but...thanks!
aeroartist Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hahaha i just want to say how much i love the icon for this group. that's a wonderful graphic. i immediately noticed the reference. nice work!
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you.
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