I love to make emoticons (smileys.) Although I offer a plenty of smiley sets for free download on my own site, here are 5 places with Unique Emoticons. Emoticons are not easy to make, despite the fact they look small. They take a lot of creativity and patience to make sure you can tell what the image is in so few pixels. You will not find them anywhere else.
This cute and yummy looking pixel emoticon is one of several that Kao-Ani offers for download. Each look to be inspired by Japanese anime style characters and a little of the creator’s (Natasja) love of pixelling and cuteness. Other smileys available at Kao-Ani are in the form of animals, girl faces, and even a ghost! Yes, these may be girly, but anyone can see these are quality smileys are worth showcasing.
Sidney Collins of BubblesSOC, also knowns as Bubs, offers a very simple smiley set for those who like simple. It is a variation of typing out anime smiley faces while chatting with others. Example: (o_O). However, some of them are animated and have a few extras. My favorite out of the set is the animated angry emoticon where it is shaking its head with disappointment, and looks quite disgruntled.
DeviantArt user, darkmoon3636 is pretty notorious when it comes to making emoticons. A lot of this graphic artist’s work is used on DeviantArt. Each smiley is unique and some even have scenes like the surfing emoticon. Some are animated. The artist allows her emoticons to be used anywhere only if credit is given.
This graphic artist, LeoLeonardo hails from Deviantart too and named The Emoticon Pope. A lot of detail goes into some of the scenes that involve emoticons. One is an emoticon jumping off a building and there is a Rick Roll smiley too! The Emoticon Pope even gives pointers to others on how to make emoticons. This artist has created more than a hundred different emoticons. Just imagine the time spent on all of them. I would like to say – All Hail The Emoticon Pope!
MazeGuy has a lot of different pixel smilies like Mario, symbols, animals, and more. MazeGuy even has an emoticon balloon maker where you can put what you want your smilies to say in a speach bubble. This allows you to feel like you had a hand in making your own emoticons! Mike Perucci, the site owner, even has written a smiley tutorial of his own.
What do you think of these? What other sites do you think offer great emoticons?