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Flailing Emoticon Tutorial by CookiemagiK Flailing Emoticon Tutorial by CookiemagiK
There are a lot of emoticon tutorials out there that show you how do draw and animate emotes like this. If you have no idea how to animate in the first place then this tutorial is obviously useless xD You might find something more helpful here: [link]

This is more of a step-by-step walkthrough of my process of making a flailing emote like.... this one:

Most of this tutorial image is static, so you can just download it or take a screenshot and zoom in on one of the frames to see more clearly what I mean in the points below.

:bulletred: Shading
I draw the outline by creating a 15x15 circle with the marquee tool and then using the pencil tool to draw around the edges, Then I use the radial gradient tool to fill in the circle from the top left edge. I add some pixels by hand near the bottom right edge to give it a much smoother look. Then I add the face and hands, and finally some highlighting and shadows and other small details.

:bulletorange: Waving
You only need 2 frames for fast waving action. Firth draw the two frames with the waving hand in different positions. After this you keep adding details to make it look less choppy: In the second frame you want to draw a smaller version of the hand from the first frame, in the exact same position. Then in the first frame draw a smaller version of the hand from the second frame, in the same spot. Finally add a few pixels between the big hands and the tiny hands.

:bulletyellow: Walking
This is almost the same walking as the one I showed in this tutorial: [link] I've made it a tiny bit squishier since then xD
  • Frame 1: I move the body 2 pixels up and 2 pixels to the left, while I move the hands and face only 1 pixel up and 2 pixels to the left.
  • Frame 2: I move the body 2 pixels to the left. The hands and face are moved 1 pixel up and 2 pixels to the left so that they can "catch up" to the body.
  • Frame 3: I move the body 4 pixels down, 2 pixels to the left and I delete the bottom 2 rows of pixels of the body. I move the hands and face 2 pixel down and 2 pixels to the left.
  • Frame 4: I move the body 2 pixels down, 1 pixels to the left. I delete another 2 rows of pixels from the bottom of the body, and stretch it horizontally by 2 pixels. I move the hands and face 2 pixel down and 1 pixels to the left.
I just keep repeating this process to make it walk. If you want it to walk faster then just move it by more pixels to the left or right at a time.

:bulletgreen: Weeeeee
Then you just need to combine the waving and the walking to get:
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:bulletblue: More?
I don't really have the time to create detailed and well worded tutorials with lots of instructions and examples, so I thought I should try making something like this.
If anyone finds this kind of stuff useful then I might consider making more.
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EmotionQueen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you! :heart:
KrisFirebolt Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! I love them
Pampam-chan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
What is the program that you are using ???
uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
wonderful tutorial!! :clap:

all the squee crowd 8D:squee:
they work amazingly well with Vivaldi >>…
Airora360 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should make a game, seriously. It would be so fun!!!
A happy guy. When it 's normal, he like slides or something. Then, if you continously press the jump button, he'll be like :happybounce: And when you finish a level, he'll be like :squee: It would be flippin' awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moonpelt828 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i made 2 they both suck (not the tutorial but mt drawing)
PingouinSadique Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Hey ! ^^

I made an animation ! :3 [link]
It is a very good tutorial ! :squee:
AnaPegasusX Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
DreamSkyPixel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
tried it out but i animated it with gimp but it didn't look as smooth as i'd like it to be because gimp put in a break between the two frames x.x
simone-13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial! I used it too - [link]
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