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:dance: by zacthetoad :dance: by zacthetoad
This emoticon is somewhat of an unusual submission, more of a tribute than anything.

The dance emoticon was made famous on the forums of Something Awful, and I believe it has become a classic throughout the interwebs. Interestingly, I've seen nothing like it on deviantART. Although I have seen other classics from those forums and many more.

I've recoloured, reshaded and reanimated the original, where hopefully it can find its place on deviantART.
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:iconwareagle884:
wareagle884 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
It reminds me of Craig Ferguson's Secretariat dance.
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:iconhartandhunter:
hartandhunter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
That is so cute!
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:iconaquariusrana:
aquariusrana Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
xD looks weird though ^^; <3 still very lovley :D
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:iconhito-nau:
Hito-Nau Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007   Interface Designer
lol when i saw this, i was like, i gota fave this
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:icon12memories:
12memories Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007   Artist
totally scares me.

totally beats the old dance, in an awkward weird way
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
:mwahaha:
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:icon12memories:
12memories Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007   Artist
:fear:

:horns:
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:icontrisha89:
trisha89 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
nice! it's cute. and dancing is awesome :D
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:iconshucupa:
shucupa Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional
:))))
:bug:
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:iconmindmusic:
Mindmusic Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LoL. XD but it's really great.
Good job.
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:iconkermodog:
Kermodog Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
great colours (unlike the other critics) and it looks like a mix between :D :dance: and :|

Animation loop is not great, but i have never seen the actual emote
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
The loop is not meant to be smooth. :)
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:iconiwantanimac:
iwantanimac Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
It's well-executed. It gets my vote.
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:iconneek-zique:
neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
B-) Get down!

Boy :o the critics have not been kind to this one, so far as the comments tell. Sure, it's not some painstakingly-orchestrated animation, but there are other emoticons that you could say the same thing about that are loved by many.

I had a whole rant typed up here. :slow: But I'll spare you the boredom.
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
:ahoy: Exactly what I was going for.

I would have loved a rant. :(
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:iconneek-zique:
neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
well :lol: it was partially about the revamp—tossing the older emoticons for ones that look better. If it's going to be done, they should look as close to the originals as possible.

Then I think I started going on about how a lot of peoples' emoticon styles look the same... save for a few—mine, for one, since I still use black outlines, and ~CYCLER who's uses a caucasian fleshtone as the color for all of his emotes, and also doesn't shade them much... oh, and he also uses black outlines. ;)

Basically, if they're going to revamp the list, I think they need to preserve some of the well-known and often-used emoticons so that the work of people like `hprince329 and `monaux aren't just tossed aside. Honestly, I'd be pleased as pop if they just replaced the emoticon legend with =Zikes' script! :lol:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
It is true that there are a few different styles emerging and nearly any new emoticonist can be placed into one of these categories. Myself included in that. There certainly have been some very influential emoticonists that really have pathed the way that emoticons will be done in the future.

Even though I generally hate black outlines, I can appreciate a style when I see one. However, I think for the revamp we should be going for what looks the best and what will be the best option long term.

If that means we lose and old emoticon, then so be it.

With that being said, I believe many of `monaux's will not be changed, and the majority of `hprince329's will be reworked but based on his originals. Yes, I agree that the new ones should be as much as possible like the originals, except in the cases where something better can be produced. Let's face it, some of the current ones don't even work or express the emoticon they're supposed to.

This replacement stage of the revamp is rather interested, because I'm wondering how many of them will simply be removed in the next stage? Of course the most interesting will be the final stage where emoticons are added, but I'd hate to be the person with that responsibility!

Anyway, time will tell. I noticed the next stage at *EmoticonHQ has opened up with a lot of classics. I some how thing =camelhijackation will play a large role in this section...

</rant response>
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:iconneek-zique:
neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Ugh... just read through the revamp guidelines and I'd like to punch the guy in the face who wrote it, especially for the part where he writes of replacing the shading toward something like :manhug: "because it's a newer style". It's NOT the newer style, it's the most popular style. That doesn't mean it's the only style, and certainly doesn't mean it's the best style. We shouldn't be going for just one. Maybe it's just me, but it seems as though everybody's imitating the styles of the =darkmoon3636's and the =LeoLeonardo's of deviantART (in fact, I clearly recall you being accused of "stealing" an emoticonist's shading style, doesn't that speak to the uniform look of emoticons right now?).

Granted, I'm not against updating with emoticons that gets the point across better, but if you're going to dump :rofl: for something that's shaded better, but doesn't animate as well, then it's a terrible replacement. I mean, you have to come up with something pretty good (and funny, that emoticon alone makes me laugh ;p) to replace the current 'rofl'. Hell, it's decently shaded already. Find someone who can stick to the current animation, perhaps making it smoother (though it looks fine as is, in my opinion) and I think that's a well-made replacement.

And heaven help the poor sucker who decides to replace :|. That's a dA emoticon for good as far as I'm concerned.

Your mention of camel raises the concern that we'll be seeing a lot of repeated names in the revamp. I hope this isn't the case, and I hope the people who get the final say make the legend as diverse as possible, both in artists and styles.

Yeargh! :noes: I'm ranting again! :stupidme:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Well, eStunt certainly wouldn't be happy to read that. I believe it was he who wrote up the guidelines regarding the correct and proper manner in which to create a revamp. I may be wrong, but I believe he was saying that the shading should be like :manhug: in the way that its gradient based and not all one colour. Or more simply, that it should be shaded! It is true that =darkmoon3636's shading style is the most common and most referenced, hell I even based my own off some of hers and a couple of the other original artists. That of course comes from the tutorials people make, but people who are that popular tend to have a significant impact on the gallery. However, lets face it, her original style was a basic one, and seemed the next natual step forward from just the plain shading.

With that being said, there are a couple of other styles, and most recently I believe =sereneworx's has taken off. If you browse the gallery currently, you'll be surprised at how many imitate his facial expressions and animation.

I should have worded differently as to how I feel about the new emoticons. Yes it should do a better job at expressing the message, but you are correct that the animation/shading/style should also be good. Ideally, I want to see an emoticon that covers all areas and works perfectly. That's why I was against the idea that people can't closely base their revamps off the originals. You're right in the example of :rofl:, its a great emoticon, but I'd like the animation and the facial expressions updated. It could be done a little cleaner, however if anyone were to attempt it, then they have to stay away from how the original works.

Oooooh, :| gives us a very difficult decision to make. On the one hand its a classic and you have to wonder if anything could replace it. However, I know your gonna hate me saying this, but I believe =camelhijackation's version here: [link] could work really well. Although, I don't like the blink. So far even revamp I've seen just doesn't work, but to be honest I actually really like that one.

I'm also torn between the idea of repeated names and creators. I'd really love to see some consistency throughout the the Emoticon Legend, but given its rather enormous size I don't believe that will happen. But =camelhijackation is technically a great pixelist and his static emoticons work well. Again it comes down to the best emoticon for the job. If that means every single emoticon comes from a different artist then so be it. Likewise if it means that we have significant contributors.

There's a few things that we'll just have to wait to pan out I guess. So how things go, but I think the best thing you can do it contribute your own revamps!?

Yeargh! :noes: I'm rant responding again!
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neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Well one thing about what he said is that he wants a uniform look to things... I just can't agree with that. I enjoy the current diversity, and if everything in the legend went from looking like what we have now to looking like :manhug:, I would be very upset. :no: Time will tell... and I hope the general deviancy has a say in the matter... we're the ones who are going to be using them afterall! :shakefist: It can't just be the emoticonists, either... but EVERYBODY! :D

God, =sereneworx' emoticons are so smooth :faint: Never ceases to amaze me.

I didn't mean to emphasize shading's importance. ;p In fact, I'd sacrifice shading for a better animated/expressed emoticon. :nod:

Really, zac. :noes: You'd replace the blank stare?! :crying: You'd replace everything, wouldn't you! That's got to be the most recognizable emoticon on the site! You can't change that! YOU CAN'T TRIPLE-STAMP A DOUBLE STAMP!

:paranoid: *ahem*

Finally :noes: I tried making a revamp for :omfg: because I both use and like it so much!

LIKE RIGHT NOW!!! :omfg:

It's shaded nicely (without borders, you blarpers :|) and I did a little animation-wise. I might add blinking and something with the mouth. :plotting:

But seriously :paranoid: I still say we need to nix the legend revamp and just add whatever's in Zikes' script! :#1: ;p
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
I'd easily update every single emoticon on the Legend before I updated :|, but when it comes down to it, I think I'd learn towards its revamp. Ideally, I'd like the exact same emoticon except with dark brown outlines. :slow:

:omfg: is nice, but lacks a border. Particularly when deviantART seems to be getting brighter and brighter this really is needed. But again, a small fix and that would be ideal.

Zike's script has a look of beauties on it, but also a lot of crap. Have you seen the latest :llama:? Anyway, I'd love to see a lot of those added officially.

And there better be at least one *neek-zique emoticon on the Legend somewhere, so you better get to work.

Sorry for this rather small rant response, but its getting late. :slow:
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:iconkermodog:
Kermodog Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Why are u pointing everything out I WANT TO SAY :lol:
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:iconneek-zique:
neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
SO SAY IT! :lol:
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:iconkermodog:
Kermodog Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
i agree :nod:
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:iconneek-zique:
neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
:highfive:
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:iconphotofroggy:
photofroggy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
The original looks horrible.... your emote is just a cleaned up version, no offence or anything, but I don't see why it deserves any merit....
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Some of the greatest emoticons aren't technically the best.
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photofroggy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah but this weird dance emoticon just doesn't seem to cut it for me, and it's the first time I've ever seen it or seen reference too it... each to his own I guess :shrug:
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tsemalon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont like it. the colours are a pain to look at, this expression is just very weird. those eyes ehmm.. arent really emoticon like, and the mouth could use some better shading. the movement with the hands looks off, like flossing indeed. it pulls back its hand in some kind of shock whilst the motion forward is smooth
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
All things stated are intentional as following the original. As I've said, some of the greatest and most classic emoticons aren't necessarily the best technically. ;)
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the-ace-chef Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Interface Designer
This scares me... :fear:

He doesn't stop looking at me :X
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:iconneek-zique:
neek-zique Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
He's doing the I'm-gonna-be-in-your-pants dance! :fear:
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the-ace-chef Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007   Interface Designer
hmmm... maybe :O
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eskimoblueboy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it is cute. :D
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harlequin1989 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Sorry, one of your weakest emotes yet.

Make something similar but original, this looks awful. Sorry but you know I am the only one that is going to tell you the truth.
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Its a tribute, its meant to be based off the original. I care not for visual pleasure, this is a salute to a classic emoticon that's made its way through the net.
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sereneworx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
It looks like he's flossing. :o
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rotane Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional
:laughing: now that you mention it..
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:iconpadfootsmyhero:
padfootsmyhero Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
LOL
I thought so too xD
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Silfar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Good one. :D
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lacelungs Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
XD That is like a mix between :D and :dance: ! Great concept buddy!
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