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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 5 Years ago
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Better Late than NaNano - VPNaNoEmo

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 30, 2014, 1:53 PM
The fun begins August 1st!!

Last year we ran a special NaNoEmo in June.  It was solely for Visual Purpose Emoticons. What does that mean? It means emoticons that are created to look at, not for use in chats or comments. Basically, pretty emoticon pictures. However, visual emotes can also include useful things like icons, stamps, etc. The key is that care is taken to create an emoticon "scene", usually with a detailed background.

I am gonna defer to the journal written last year by Synfull. It outlines what the challenge is about and how to participate. The good thing about VP NaNoEmo is that the goal is not one-a-day, but one-a-week, and smaller emote scenes (like avatars) count. So, get boned up, and if you're ready to participate, sign up.

Note that I know we're 2 months late, and notice of this is really last minute. My apologies. However, NaNo has always been a big motivator in the emoticon community and I hope it inspires a few old-timers, and newcomers, to start pixelling again!


As many of you will know, this group, NaNoEmo hosts a fun emote-a-day style challenge every November to match up with NaNoWriMo in the literature community. Over the last 2 years we have had a fair number of emoticonists taking part and some fantastic emotes appearing all through the designated month.

Whilst this is great for creating smaller or ‘chat friendly’ emotes, it is far harder to work on larger canvases in the given time scale. Although there is nothing stopping artists working emotes every day and  producing a smaller quantity of emotes, the majority of participants opt for the more traditional approach of 30 emotes in 30 days.

We have therefore decided to launch a separate event in the month of June, known as VP NaNoEmo, designed specifically for Visual Purpose (VP) emotes.

The Challenge

The challenge of VP NaNoEmo is to ideally create one emote a week. The emote should be geared towards the Visual Purpose branch of the gallery - emotes which are designed solely to look at and generally feature a larger canvas and background. You can find some great examples in Emoti-Art's recent news feature:

If you are unable to make one every week, then don’t sweat it. The goal is to make more emotes than you usually would and possibly even try new styles and techniques you have never used before. If you want to take part and only make 2 emotes then that’s better than none. Equally there is no shame in making more than 1 emote a week if you feel up to it!

For those who are new to this branch of the art form, don’t think you have to go big. VP emotes come in all shapes and sizes and can be as small as 50x50 pixels if you wish. Avatars are also valid VP emotes, and a great way to work on a Visual Purpose emote on a smaller scale. The main aim to make emotes designed to look at rather than use in conversation, so don’t think you have to fill a massive canvas straight away.

Taking Part

If you aim to take part in VP NaNoEmo then join the group and leave a comment on the journal below. We’ll add you to the list of participants so others can check your emote(s) each week. It may be useful to make a separate gallery folder to help people keep track of your entries. If you have one, post that below too and we will place it next to your name.

Once you have finished your emote(s) each week, upload them to the 'featured' folder at NaNoEmo so other group members to check them out. At the end of the month we will also create a news article to show off a range of the brilliant pieces made.

You don’t have to take part in the entire month. So if for any reason you want to sign up part way through June or need to drop out, then that is ok. We will edit the list throughout the month to help keep it as up to date as possible.

Emotes made for VP NaNoEmo can also be entered into other contests such as TheEMTC, ee-motes or EmoticonOpus giving you exciting themes to base your entries on. VP NaNoEmo simply aims to get people making VP emotes in the month of June, so we have no issue with these doubling up as contest entries elsewhere.

Tutorials + Resources

For those that may not have much experience with Visual Purpose Emotes, Emotication has a handy list of tutorials and resources which may assist making your art pieces.




It would be brilliant if you could help spread the word about this new event. We would love to see members throughout the community (and even beyond) taking part, so please help promote it through journals, polls, Twitter or simply show it to your friends.

We look forward to seeing everyone sign up for this event, and eagerly await seeing what wonderful pieces you come up with! :eager:



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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 Artist
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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