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:blankstarerevamped: by zacthetoad :blankstarerevamped: by zacthetoad
This is my revamp of the classic :| for *EmoticonHQ.

There is little you can do with such a classic emoticon that already works so perfectly. I've completely reworked the shading to give it a more updated feel and only slightly played with the face.

I've placed a much stronger emphasis on the eyebrows giving it an angrier look, but I believe that when ever you use this emoticon its generally to portray an "You idiot" or "WTF are you talking about?" kind of expression, not a "I'm lost" one. I've also removed the nose because like any good emoticon it doesn't need one and try to blend in the eyes just a little.

It is somewhat similar to another version around, but with some clear differences, especially to the detailed eye.
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:iconbaileyrivers:
BaileyRivers Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Student General Artist
cool! i made a revamped blank too, but mine isn't as good as urs. ^^;

[link]
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:iconproeliator-wolf:
Proeliator-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
:| Awesome, it does look purdy angry ther' chief. :bucktooth:
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google-google Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
:| :| :|
:| ;-) :|
:| :| :|
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lazybutt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Hey Zac... just stopped by to see what you've been submitting lately. :) This is cool, but I have to agree with some of the others and say that this is not as good as the original. The original has this authenticity to it that makes it great. The colours are plain, and blank, just like the emote itself. Your shading I think gives the emote too much... "personality", which I think takes away from the blankness of it. I enjoy the original better not only because it has the blank quality to it, but because it is a staple in the deviantART history. I don't think it needs to be revamped, to be honest.
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ChrisGranger Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Amen.
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:iconlazybutt:
lazybutt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Let's hope they listen. :P
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:iconchrisgranger:
ChrisGranger Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Yeah. It pains me to think that classic emotes like this could just be dumped in favor of arbitrary 'upgrades'... I mean, sure, a lot of them could use it, but there are a handful that are dA through and through.

:|
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:iconnieman:
nieman Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
:| was never meant to be angry.

It's not something like "you idiot"

It is nothing.

I like the original better because it exactly portrays what it was going for.

I think the stark black/yellow plainness is better attributed to the purpose.

You apparently have a different intent when using :| and in that case yours may be better.

I will never let go of the old :| though.

It's better textually, even, though :|
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
I guess it comes down to interpretation. But I will say that I've seen it used more often in an "angry" expression than in a "lost" expression.

I do agree though, :| portrays the blankness better. :slow:
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:iconnieman:
nieman Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
It's not for "lost"

It's for "blank"

...hence 'blank stare' ;)
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:iconvincentvc:
vincentvc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Not a fan of the shading work you did here, it looks too "blurry" if you know what I mean. :)
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
Interesting, unfortunately I love it. :slow:
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:icontul:
tul Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
At first glance, I didn't know it was a blankstare. I think the shading gives it a little too much emotion to be an emotion-less blank stare. Just in my opinion.
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
I feel that this emoticon isn't, and has never been, a blank face with a lost expression. Instead, it is one of anger. Or at least I'd like to make it like that. :)
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rotane Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007   General Artist
I think you know my views on the emoticon revamp project.. I'm not a real fan of it. I mean sure, there are plenty of emotes that need some updating (like the ones w/o any shading), but not the way emoticonHQ are handling things: I just disagree with some of the gudelines (like most prominently, the no-black-outlines rule which makes all new emote candidates harder to "read"), but I only met deaf ears so far.

Anyway, you go yet another direction with this remake, you do keep the black outline (which I principally prefer), but the shading is overdone, I mean the extremes of the gradient are too far apart, there I prefer the original: a more decent gradient. I don't know all of the new remakes, but even for yours I'd have to vote with a "no". No offense of course, I just don't agree with the "update for update's sake" philosophy, I still prefer the original one :)
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
You raise a fairly good point, except that this outline isn't black. Like what I'd hope to see in all the other emoticons, the colour is a dark one that makes it clear to see the emotion portrayed.

I don't take offense of course, but my opinion is that we're due for a change, and if we're going to do so then we should do it properly and start from scratch. In contrast, this is one that I'd be happy not to see revamped. But if it is, then I'd like this classic emoticon to be mine. :slow:
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BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Good work, I say. As mentioned, it doesn't really require any major changes. I've been working on one very similar to this myself. In yours, I think the dark shading around the eyes and eyebrows may be just a little overkill. Tweaked version: [link]
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
I did play with that perhaps thinking it was too dark but decided it showed the anger a little more. Will keep playing with it, thanks for the critique. :)
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popcorn-pops Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Student Filmographer
I agree with `Chimpantalones, although if it must must MUST be revamped, this is by far, the best.
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Heystea Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007   Writer
cool :giggle:
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Espeon202 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
I'd much prefer this one, it's a big improvement over the original. The shading looks awesome :ohnoes: And I like how you made the eyebrows stand out more. :+fav:
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Gomotes Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really like the colours you use here.
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
:ahoy: Thanks mate.
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:iconsolitude12:
Solitude12 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Eyebrows are not meant to be seen >.<
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
He's an angrier blanky, therefore has more eyebrows.
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:iconsolitude12:
Solitude12 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
lol
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:iconravmaster:
Ravmaster Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Thats great! :+fav:
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Bad-Blood Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
i was going to make a rvmp :| , but i don't think i'll make something better then this.
this one needs to be in for sure.
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Means a lot man. :ahoy:
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:iconftpaddict:
ftpaddict Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
One cannot improve on perfection. :|
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
But one must with the updates. ;)
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:iconftpaddict:
ftpaddict Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
But one thinks the original blankiness is great the way it is. :(
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arrioch Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
I didn't think there will be :| revamp that i will like more than the original.. I like the fact that yours is more "angry"..
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Yeah I see what you mean, but I think its one of those things that in a weeks time no one will remember the old one...

Thanks. :ahoy:
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Droneguard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
So far i liked all your revamps, and i do believe the older ones should be replaced... but the classic blank emote is just... the classic blank emote. I think it should stay as it is soz m8
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Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Photographer
finally, an emote that looks like Zac! :giggle: kidding! I really like it, the blankstare is supposed to look annoyed and you've created that, so kudos to you! :hug:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Thanks. :slow:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Photographer
Shudup :slow: :giggle:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Well I don't think I can just taken an insult without at least acknowledging it. :slow:
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Photographer
I wasnt insulting you! I was joking around :D I thought your emote looks good, of course everyone knows the original is a classic, but it comes close.
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SophieHoulden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
it is good, but I think it's a little too angry to be blank, if you know what I mean.

then again I'm too scared to even try fixing this one up :worship:
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
I was going for angry with a strong emphasis on the eyebrows. I dunno, but I feel the only time you use this is when you're feeling that way... :slow:
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SophieHoulden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
I tend to use it when people are making themselves look stupid, in a 'I have nothing to add' kind of way. and let them get on with it.
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
And you're angry at them for making themselves look stupid. :slow:
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:iconsophiehoulden:
SophieHoulden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm never angry
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
:shakefish:
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:iconsophiehoulden:
SophieHoulden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
:peace:
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eskimoblueboy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great blank stare!
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harlequin1989 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Sorry Zac, the original is still much better. I wouldn't say it was a bad emote but it pails in comparison.
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:iconwhimsical-dreams:
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Photographer
Do you have anything positive to say? Or do you get off on being negative? :lol:
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