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Sat Jan 14, 2006, 7:57 PM
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yeah, after answering questions like "May I plllleaaase use your emotes on my site" and "WHAT PROGRAM DO YOU USE" a couple hundred times I thought it'd be easier to write a journal thoroughly answering common questions I get asked on this site.

if you've been linked here by me, the question you asked is definitely answered in this journal

heheh, zikes helped me get the links to work :]

Answers about emotes in general
A1 When I type a title of an emote deviation the emote doesn't come up. Why?
A2 How do you make an emoticon?
A3 If I want to suggest an emote deviation as a DD, which admin do I ask?
A4 What programs are the best for making emoticons?

Darkmoon-specific answers
B1 can I use your emotes on my site?
B2 ok...can I use your other emotes on my site?
B3 What program do you use to make your emoticons?
B4 Do you take requests?
B5 Do you take commissions?
B6 Will you give me specific help on with making my emote? (and/or help with problems I can't figure out)
B7 Will you give me an in-depth critique on my emote?
B8 Can I make major/minor edits to one of your emotes and enter it, giving you credit as the original artist?

Stuff about the "fabulous" darkmoon that no one cares about, but I'm answering anyways out of boredom. Aka, Miscellaneous
C1 Who are you?
C2 I tried messaging you on the AIM name you posted but the person said they were Sum140. what's up with that?
C3 what's your friend code on Animal Crossing DS?



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ANSWERS ABOUT EMOTES IN GENERAL

A1 When I type a title of an emote deviation in colons :: the emote doesn't come up. Why?
This is because it hasn't been added to the official emoticon legend. The only way an emote works on the main site is by being added to the legend by an admin (at this point, it would be rocksicle), though you can use emotes in dAmn by using the thumbnail.

A2 How do you make an emoticon?
There are several ways, but mostly it just involves making a small circle with eyes and saving it as a gif. Oh? You want yours to look professional? Then I suggest you look at one of the several emote tutorials people have made on this site. Here's a list of a few (if you know of any others I can add to this list please link to it in a comment!)
- Mine is Emote Tutorial by darkmoon3636. I might make a better one in the distant future. (edit: here it is: Emoticon Tutorial : bases by darkmoon3636 )
- by camelhijackation
- Emoticon Tutorials - Animation by emoticons by emoticons
- Ultimate Emote Tutorial - P1 by mattdanna by mattdanna
- _Blinking.Emot.Tutorial by Synaesthesia- by Synaesthesia-

A3 If I want to suggest an emote deviation as a DD, which admin do I ask?
That would be our very own icon gallery director, rocksicle. He seems to like emotes with great pixel art, short animations that stick to the point, and innovative ideas.

A4 What programs are the best for making emoticons?
Any program that can make a gif animation will work fine. Programs like MX fireworks, jasc animation shop, and other ones of that type are crowd favourites. Personally, I'd stick to a program designed specifically for .gifs, (ruling out ones like Fireworks) MY favorite is Ulead Gif Animator 5. You can download a 15 trial of the program here.

DARKMOON-SPECIFIC ANSWERS

B1 can I use your emotes on my site?
Yes, you can use the general emote pack I made for free use: Emote Pack 2 by darkmoon3636
Please read the guidlines on the description or in the readme file before using :]

B2 ok...can I use your other emotes on my site?
Gah, I have never once been able to turn down someone who asks to use my emotes D: You guys just ask too politely, it'd be mean to say no.
Ok, if you want to add them to the site (so they come up when you type codes) it must be either a personal site, a non-commerical forum, and not be promoting racism/sexism/other-bad-isms. ALSO, you MUST link to the site/forum in THIS JOURNAL. This is just to help me keep track of things :D

Now, if you want to use the emote in a forum post in a non-dA site, in a IM, or anywhere else where it's not actually integrated into the site, go ahead, don't bother with links or any of that.

B3 What program do you use to make your emoticons?
All of them are made using Ulead Gif Animator 5. You can download a 15 trial of the program here. The program is nice for emotes because it only has basic tools for pixel art, and I've just been using it forever and don't have the need for something with fancier effects. I think it works fantastic, some people agree, some people don't like it because of the way it's set up.

B4 Do you take requests?
Sigh...Yes, but there's a very small chance I'll use them. In last year I only made 3 or 4 emotes that were requested. Why? Not because there's anything wrong with your idea, but just because I don't think it'll go well with my personal style. I'm very picky about what I do, which is why some of my emotes surround such strange ideas, like shadow puppets, jumping into boxes, picking flowers, etc. When I think of the idea, even if it's not an original one, it makes the emote >mine<. When I take requests I usually don't end up liking the emote for whatever reason, it's probably some subconscience ego thing.

So with that being said, ask away :]

B5 Do you take comissions?
Yup! I've only had a few people ask this, but if you do, I'll most likely make what you want, for a price.
(3/4/06 -edit with more specific info)
Prices for emotes as follows:

Static
will be discussed (in other words, can't decide right now)
emotes less than 25 frames
$5 for the first, then $3 for each additional emote
Emotes 25-70 frames
$10 for the first, $5 for each additional
emotes 71 or more frames
$20 for the first $8 for each additional

Mixed frame amounts:
The "first" price (the 5, 10, 25) applies to the emote with the highest number of frames, then others cost the additional price according to their complexity. Example, one 71+ framed emote ($20) and five 10 framed ($3 times 5) would cost $35

B6 Will you give me specific help on with making my emote? (and/or help with problems I can't figure out)
Sure! Ask here, in AIM (my real name is supernork36), or in a note. Even in dAmn, if you can catch me in there.

B7 Will you give me an in-depth critique on my emote?
THOSE WHO ARE FAINT OF EGO HEART BEWARE. If you ask for an "indepth critique", that's what I'll give. I'll inform you of every little problem, as insignificant as it seems. I only suggest asking me this if you're somewhat good at emotes, or you'll probably find yourself redoing the entire thing. Just keep in mind that critiques are my opinions, and that it doesn't mean that that's the absolute best thing to do. Another emote artist might tell you something completely different, you have to decide if my advice is good or not.

B8 Can I make major/minor edits to one of your emotes and enter it, giving you credit as the original artist?
NO. NO. NO. My emotes are mine, and the absolute worst thing you can do is edit it, because you're making part of it yours. I've never liked sharing, especially when it comes to art. The only way there will be my art and yours combined is if we're doing a pre-arranged collaboration. No asking to edit one of my existing emotes in any way, even if you're making it better.

MISCELLENEOUS (that's spelt wrong)

C1 Who are you?
I'm Emily, who's 16, and goes to highschool, and isn't very interesting. Like a lot of people who go online a lot tend to find out, the more introverted you are, the better you "get" the internet and all it's glory. Well, I understand it pretty effing well, if that speaks about how I am offline. I suppose I have some of those cliche goth characteristics of liking to be alone, sit in the corner, but loves attention at the same time. Most of this attention is attained by doing well in school, so I'm pretty bitchy to everyone who tries talking to me while I'm doing work (or sleeping in class. I count that as work though).

My interests are my religion (Christianity), dA (lawlz), reading fantasy (suggest some titles ;) ), school (when it's not too overwelming), and keeping fish (I have 4 aquariums :dance: )

C2 I tried messaging you on the AIM name you posted but the person said they were Sum140. what's up with that?
HAHA. That's because my good friend sieiw thought it'd be funny to IM prank me, and I thought it wasn't very funny at all. Well, she failed at freaking me out, but pissed me off slightly, so I thought it'd be funny to have people IM her that are looking for someone else.

That and, you people are fricking annoying. People I don't know start asking me "wuts up" when I'm trying to write long essays on interesting topics such as the multiple causation of the French Revolution. I try to avoid instant messengers as much as possible as it is, please only IM me if I actually talk to you a lot on this site and "know" you somewhat, or if you need help with something (you'll find my sn in the answer about asking for help, B6)

C3 What's your friend code on Animal Crossing DS?
YA RLY, that game is fun. I usually play when I get home from school, 3-4pm Eastern time.

Friend code: 3393-6471-4007
Town: Egypt
Name: Dove

I seem to have run out of things to say....







All animations made using Ulead GIF Animator
most of my emotes are not on the official list, thus they cannot be used on the site (other than thumbs) so putting :catfight: as a comment with a is extremely pointless and annoying.
Yes, I will take requests for emotes, but I won't always use your ideas
if you request an emote of a cartoon character, the answer is no.
you smell like cheese...can I lick you?







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  • Watching: King Kong
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:icongaaraluffa:
GaaraLuffa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
How do you get a friend code?
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LostKorean Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
ok I have a different question, what code did you use to make it jump the answers like that? :-)
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darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
anchor links
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LostKorean Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
ok thanks I went into the page source. i forgot i could do that. I figured it out already but thanks :-)
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summersilence Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
wow. thank u for putting this all in one spot for those of us who want to learn how. YAY!!! :hug: :heart:
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one-tough-one Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you smell like cheese can I lick you :rofl:

you should make an emote of that :)
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DragonStella Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
have a good book . . . the Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones.
or . . . a few good books lol. they're kids books, for 12 year olds approximately, but they're so good . . . hee.
i'd hafta say we're a lot alike, as far as your self-description goes. i just hope you like the same books i do lol.
you have an awesome day.
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darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
I own all the Chrestomanci books except the newest one (though I read it a couple times ;) didn't have money to buy it ) Big fan of Jones, one of my favorite authors. Most of the books I read are intended for 12 year olds D: but that's the age all the good authors aim for.
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DragonStella Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
lol ok looks like i need to try harder . . .hmm . . .
*tries to think of something you probably haven't read*
aha! Heir Apparent, Vivian Vande Velde
aimed at slightly older people, more like 13 and 14.
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killertoothbrush Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006   Photographer
well i know everyone else said his already...but...OMG! you a 16 year odl girl.....>.< I imagined you as a creepy old man....:giggle: sorry about that. lol.....What kind of fish do you have? I love my fish! I have a beautiful Simese fighting fish! :love:
As to good fantasy books, Some of my fav writers are Terry Brooks (all his books), Tad Wiliams (all his books), Tamora Pierce (all her books), Ramond E. Feist (all his books), Janny Wurts (i havn't read alot of her books yet, but so far so good!), Lian Hearn (Tales of the Otori), Susan Cooper (The Dark is Riseeing - sequence), Ursula Le Guin (The Earthsea Quartet) and may other which I can list if you want! ;)

hehehe.......What eles can I tell you?
...nothing...

:heart:
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YamPuff Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
  • I'm Emily, who's 16, and goes to highschool, and isn't very interesting. Like a lot of people who go online a lot tend to find out, the more introverted you are, the better you "get" the internet and all it's glory. Well, I understand it pretty effing well, if that speaks about how I am offline. I suppose I have some of those cliche goth characteristics of liking to be alone, sit in the corner, but loves attention at the same time. Most of this attention is attained by doing well in school, so I'm pretty bitchy to everyone who tries talking to me while I'm doing work (or sleeping in class. I count that as work though).



  • You sound freakishly like me...:wow:...so true...
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    froggehlicious Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
    Using them here [link] . TY!
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    b3auty-qu33n Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
    I use your emoticons at my message board HOT CAT ACTION ([link]). You are credited at both the bottom of every page as well as the thread made to announce new smilies/emoticons.

    I'm sorry I sent a note without first reading this FAQ. I looked for one at first and couldn't find one. I am blind sometimes.

    Anyway, thank you! And I think your emoticons are awesome. :)
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    BiggieShorty Featured By Owner May 7, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
    can i use ur emotes on my msn? like when i use the messenger? pleeeeaaassseee?
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    BassDerek Featured By Owner May 7, 2006  Professional Photographer
    Jon Marco - "the eyes of god" plus others I don't remember the titles. I know this is an older journal, but I just thought id put my 2 cents in. And RA salvatore is a definite must, but i see you've already covered that.
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    silverrowan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
    OOH! you like fantasy! um...

    authors: neil gamon! (sp?) = WONDERFUL, but a bit dark...
    terry pratchet - but get from library, dont buy. Humourous, pokes fun at rl
    neal stephenson - dont know much but bf is somewhat obsessed - apparently good at varying his style
    George RR martin - medivalyish fantasy series
    tanya huff - interesting... usually in "adult" section - mentions the "s word!" and gay/bi/les is socialy accepted in her little world (sing the 4 quarters is one of teh titles in the series i read - i think, or somthing like that) - hard to find outside of libraries (in my experience)

    ummm, more later when im not sleep deprived! ^__^ and if you dont tell me to shut up.
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
    I'll have to check those out! thank you :D
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    silverrowan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
    seeing as im not sure on spelling i recomend "neverwhere" and "american gods" by neil gaimon.,gamon, gaim.. g somthing....
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    baby-alien91 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
    Hmm.. somehow I figured you were about 16.

    Everyone else was commenting on your age, I thought I might :shrug: :P

    I admire people with the patience to make faqs and tutorials..
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    gfx-sheep Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
    Well it answered all my frequently asked questions :shrug:.

    On the side, your shoutboard rocks.
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    RestillHabb Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
    R.A. Salvatore, "The Dark Elf Trilogy"!

    ...or, even better, and possibly more simple, "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman. First class. ;)
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    rocksicle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
    If you like fantasy then try [link]

    Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville. Just finished it myself and it's awesome.
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
    looks good. :plotting: I always go on book buying sprees, this looks like a good title to get.
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    rocksicle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
    He seems to like emotes with great pixel art, short animations that stick to the point, and innovative ideas.

    True dat.
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    MaLiCe626 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
    Thanks a million DM! hug: The guy in your shoutboard is dancing perfectly to my music:giggle:
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    thiefoftime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
    Awesome heroic fantasy author = David Gemmell.
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    vita-luna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
    One of my favorite fantasy books when i was younger was the Lost Years of Merlin series by T. A. Barron. My favorite is the second... gosh i haven't read those in so long, have to look them up again :D

    They might be a little young, but still good books :aww:
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    RebornDead Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    I don't read too much fantasy, except for the uber amounts of dragon books when I was young ( I loved dragons..) and the Xanth series by Peirs Anthony, which, if you haven't read, I'll freaking send you the first book cause I have like 3 copies. XD And if you have, YES! Cause they're awesome. :D

    And darn for people younger than me with more talent and attention. XD Darn them all.

    Just kidding. Rock on.\m/-_-\m/ :hug:
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    I've read some of Peirs Anthony's stuff before, he has a strange style. D:
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    RebornDead Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
    I've never read any of his other stuff, just his huge freaking Xanth series. I didn't get too far though, but I love the first few books to death. And I like the world he created. But if you don't like his style, it's all cool. :P
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    MissM69 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    Thank for sharing is always good to know :)
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    marshmallowblue Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    Surely you've read R.A. Salvatore's stuff... He's absolutely amazing.
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    omfg, he's my favorite author.
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    marshmallowblue Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
    :D
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    unluky-star Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006   Photographer
    Terry brooks is a good fantasy auther, he wrote stuff like the Sword of Shannara Trilogy. READ IT!!!!
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    will do :salute:
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    unluky-star Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006   Photographer
    Good... :evillaugh:
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    marshmallowblue Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    O_O That series seems like it never ends! :P
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    unluky-star Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006   Photographer
    well, in the actual 'sword of shannara' set there are four books- its not neverending, just obscinely long. I just got the single volue edition... its flippin massive. I also got the perquel...so igts alot of readin to do...
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    killertoothbrush Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006   Photographer
    lol
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    marshmallowblue Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    Er... without the :P
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    prurientmind Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006   Photographer
    Fantasy?
    Terry Pratchett! :D
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    thank you :D
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    prurientmind Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006   Photographer
    no prob!

    You can also try Gregory Maguire (does retakes on classic tales like Wizard of Oz and Cinderella, but from the "bad guy"'s perspective. They're often gritty and dark. I'm currently reading "Wicked", which is Wizard of Oz), and Robert Jordan (never read his stuff, but I hear it's good).
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    x0ck Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
    OO Gregory Macguire also did one that's from the evil queen's side from Snow White.

    It's called Mirror Mirror

    all of his books are really excellent
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    darkmoon3636 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
    ooo, I love books from the evil side :mwahaha:
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    DragonMercutio Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
    Wow, after reading this, you seem EVEN COOLER! I never thought such a thing possible...
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    Sienna-Maiu Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
    ...
    You might be too old for it, but I personally like fantasy books by Tamora Pierce. She writes almost all her books in quartets and I personally find them interesting.
    yeah umm... just because you said to mention some titles...
    (And here are some actual titles)
    :bulletblue: Alanna: The First Adventure (Lionness Quartet)
    :bulletblue: Wild Magic (Immortals)
    :bulletblue: First Test (Protector of the Small)
    :bulletblue: Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness Book 1)
    :bulletblue: Circle Of Magic #01 : Sandry's Book - Reissue (Circle Of Magic)
    :bulletblue: Magic Steps (The Circle Opens, Book 1)
    [these books are all the first ones to their respective sets]

    And also the books Sabriel, Lireal, and Abhorsen, by Garth Nix. [They're a little darker...]
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    marshmallowblue Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    O_O Sabriel, Lireal, and Abhorsen stand today as my absolute favorite fantasy books EVER. :D
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    Sienna-Maiu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
    I actually read Lireal first (it was on a reading list) but it didn't actually ruin reading Sabriel for me ^.^ (which I read next) and then I finally got Abhorsen from my City Library ^.^ (as opposed to school...)
    I loved how they ended it, but yet it also frustrates me. It could have another book added, yet there most likely never will be. (I hope that made sence ^^;)
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