So i herd u liek interviews?? - de-mote

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Welcome to August's edition of So i herd u liek interviews??. This is the 13th volume in a series of interviews aimed at finding out about emoticonists from the deviantART community.

This series links with the weekly volumes of 'so i herd u liek emotes??' which have now been running since October.

:bulletgreen:The emoticonist</u>:bulletgreen:

This volume’s featured emoticonist is de-Mote. After originally starting on the account NewYorkKid618 he quickly became known for his brilliantly animated emotes and easily recognisable orange shading.  Although at times he is not always active he bounces back to produce a great range of outstanding emoticons each with a unique expression and character. I managed to grab some time with him to ask him a few questions.

:bulletblue:The interview</u>:bulletblue:

:interview: by Synfull

How and when did you get into making emoticons?

Umm, it was around 07-08ish when I was looking at a tutorial made by the dead emoticon club "emotisaurs". After seeing it, I wanted to make some of my ow

Are there any particular tutorials you have found/created since that you would like to suggest?

Ooo yus! Shiny Emote Shading by Bad-Blood and emote shading tutorial by SophieHoulden helped me the most when I was starting out

Which programs have you used to create your emoticons? Are there any you can suggest?

I use Fireworks CS4 at the moment and forevers, it's the only one I've used. I find Fireworks to be the best in my opinion. But alot of people recommend Photoshop. :v

Do you try to stick to one particular style and technique, or do you prefer to experiment?

I've done enough trial and error for my style so I pretty much stick with my shaded orangey emote base because I love the way it came out. I only use other colors if I have to.

What methods have you used for shading? Do you have a preference?

I've used gradient for a time being back when I started out, until I wanted to to make my own shading. Then I tried the shiny shading which a few people use. Then I just took about 6 hours experimenting with a lot of colors trying to shade the orangey ball that's becomes most of my emotes. So I just use a template that I made.

Where do you get inspiration / ideas from?

Inspiration mainly came from my 2 favorite emoticonists(Bad-Blood and livius) and my ideas really come from everyday life, TV, and Fun4Fun. : P

Roughly how long does it take you to go from concept to finished emoticon?

Eek, ranges from 30 minutes to over 7 hours. I could spend well over 4 hours on an emote that's 10 frames long.

Are there any particular qualities that you feel can make an emote stand out from any other?

Yus, shadows, explosions, and dust.

Are there any particular effects you've found difficult, or have been unable to create?

Yeah, frame rate, size, and effects, because people love shiny, fast, big emotes :v Oh! And cuteness factor. The one thing I've learned is that people love cute

Which are 3 of your favourite emotes from your personal gallery?

Sailing Cut-Out Seas by de-Mote Because it won me a contest and it reminds me of my favorite show Flapjack. :3

:typerhappy: by de-Mote Because it is a reflection of me. : D

Ultra Excitement by de-Mote Because it makes me laugh every time I see it which is rare for my own emotes to make me laugh :B

Is there a particular emote in your gallery you would you like to see get more attention. If so, why?

I guess this one :nolike: by de-Mote I loved how it came out and I thought it'd be popularer but it didnt. :B

Are there any particular emoticonists you would like to see get more exposure?

Shicken05 is awesome at making emotes, but really never did get the credit she deserved.

Do you have an emoticon character? If so how did you come up with it?

Yup, The jester of emotes! I thought of it after seeing a lot of people having their own character so I decided to make one of my own. I wanted to make one pertaining to Medieval times and after a few minutes of thinking. I thought up of a jester, and then looked around to see if anyone else had that title and when I saw it was available I snatched it. :D

Do you feel like the emoticon gallery has progressed during your time as an emoticonist?

Forsure! After my giant inactivity on dA and seeing all the new emotes and styles. I knew that it changed big time.

Where would you like to see emotes go in the future?

I'd like them to take a turn to the past and create emotes that proved simple was best. And gradients were the best shading people used. : P

Are there any trends or styles you'd like to see less of in the gallery?

Yea, less big huge emotes and less emotes that make a scene.

Is there any advice you would like to give to new emoticonists?

Originality is best!

Is there anything else you would like to say?


If :B and :| were the writer and director of a film, what would the result be?

The creation of a robot who went ramped on the planet. After meeting his teen boy side kick and learning human experiences. He will then go and find that he only wanted to love and goes off into the universe looking for his female robot soulmate that after 4839 years they make babies and file for bankruptcy and then have to move in with the female robots mom and work 2 jobs to keep up with the current economic times. Ya know, the usual hollywood movie way.


:HavocHeli: by de-Mote
:HavocHeli: is just one of those emoticons you can sit and watch for hours. The detail packed into the animation is truly jawdropping and the idea is well thought out and brilliantly displayed throughout

:firepower: by de-Mote
Fire is always one of those effects which i’m amazed by if someone manages to animate it well, and that’s exactly the case with :firepower:. De-mote combines a brilliantly pixelled Fella with some outstanding animation to create yet another brilliant emote.

:Identitytheft: by de-Mote
One of the things I love about emotes is the ability to take an everyday phrase and create an amusing animation that displays the idea perfectly. :identitytheft: does just that with smooth animation, great pixelling and an excellent smoke effect too

:bulletblack: Previous volumes</u>  :bulletblack:

So I herd u liek emotes??

Volumes 1-35
Volume 36 - 15th June
Volume 37 - 21st June
Volume 38 - 28th June
Volume 39 - 4th July
Volume 40 - 2nd August
<a href="…>Volume 40 -  added features
Volume 41 - 9th August

So I herd u liek interviews??

Interview 1- CookiemagiK - 15th January
Interview 2 - Cmotes - 30th January
Interview 3 - MenInASuitcase - 12th February
Interview 4 - Red-Bananas - 27th February
Interview 5 - LeoLeonardo - 12th March
Interview 6 - MixedMilkChOcOlate - 28th March
Interview 7 - blunaowl - 14th April
Interview 8 - Droneguard - 28th April
Interview 9 - Krissi001 - 14th May
Interview 10 - Waluigi-Prower - 28th May
Interview 11 - Kermodog - 12th June
Interview 12 - Mr-Jaunty - 24th June
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madb0y's avatar
Very nice interview :)
Whiim's avatar
Great interview! :la:
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KimRaiFan's avatar
Awesome interview:la:
I tought you've stopped makeing theese:noes:
Glad you didn't :phew:
mushir's avatar
Nice interview! Always love reading these :)
Steph1254's avatar
:#1: Awesome stuff.
Mike-RaWare's avatar
I feel smarter! :dummy:
Timothy-Sim's avatar
oh nice! i didn't know typer happy was by him!

and especially the identity theft was a great one!
Plaguemotes's avatar
It's awesome reading about your favorite artist. :>
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