0.3.0 sketches

A medium gray area with some black text. On the top right, there is bold text that says 'お前お殺す!Testy test test', on the left there are 3 rows of text. (1) Three chunks of text in a row in condensed, normal and wide fonts, and they say 'Condensed', 'Normal' and 'Thicc' respectively. (2), written notes that points to somewhere off to the left side of the picture and says 'This approach', (3) '1234567890'.

Endless, endless testing.

 

0.3.0 was partly a new emoji update, but also just trying to tie up more loose ends for the future. I wanted to be super-satisfied with various core elements of the aesthetic and design philosophy so I could move on with bigger changes and more new emoji without feeling like I have things left behind or unresolved design issues.

It also means that updating Telegram sticker sets and merch would be easier because existing designs won’t keep continually changing from version to version.

 

I was not prepared for how many sketches I had to publish for this.

 

Continue reading “0.3.0 sketches”

Mutant Standard 0.2.4 Sketches

Here are all the sketches from 0.2.4, and a very long commentary. I am now making notes as I’m making the emoji, so giving you commentary is more efficient more detailed, and less scary to post at the end of a version because I have all the content already available.

Remember, sketch file names are just the date they were begun, so there will be disjointedness from file to file. Enjoy!

Continue reading “Mutant Standard 0.2.4 Sketches”

0.2.3 sketches

The sketch progression for the shark emoji

Here are the sketches behind the emoji in 0.2.3 and some of my commentary on how they went for this version.

I think from now on, I will be batching the sketch posts to every few versions. It just works out easier for me to do it this way.

Remember, the dates on each sketch is simply the start date, not the end date; I can be picking at an emoji sketch for months before I actually release that particular emoji.

Enjoy!~

Continue reading “0.2.3 sketches”

Mutant Standard S1 sketches

These were all spun off really quickly in the space of a few hours and mostly derivatives of other emoji, so there isn’t much in the way of process sketches.

The bottom row is where the actual finished emoji sit.

(This file also has a personal think_dzuk emoji and a think_mutant emoji which were made as gags, but not intended to be an actual part of the S1 release).

Overview of the production process

Here’s part 2 of me trying to give you an idea of how I make emoji, so you can really understand the process pics that I will be posting soon.

Because Mutant Standard is a project where I’m constantly making little pictures, a production pipeline is needed to make this run more smoothly. It helps me to spend more time creating stuff than wondering where I should put everything. This wasn’t something I came up with on day one – it’s something that has taken all this time to come up with and refine and improve. I’m quite happy and settled with it as it stands right now, but things might change in the future.

If you wanna make your own emoji, you don’t necessarily have to think about everything I say here because this is designed to help me make hundreds of emoji and you might only want to make a few, but there are ideas here that are probably worth thinking about whenever you decide to make your own emoji.

Continue reading “Overview of the production process”

My Tools

So, this project broke $100/mo a few weeks ago in pledges, which means we broke my first goal and I will start uploading my sketches and process pics with each new release.

But before I do that, I figured it would be a good idea to try to contextualise these sketches and process pics by letting you know the kinds of tools I use and what the overall production process is like.

It really doesn’t matter what hardware or apps you use as long as it works for you, I’m just using mine to give you an example of a production setup.

 

Continue reading “My Tools”