What is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out
on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.
The Deviousness Award for July 2013
goes to `Synfull
"`Synfull is a truly amazing deviant. She has given much to the emoticon community. From organizing and gathering information and tutorials with %Emotication to spreading feature love with her "So i herd you liek emotes??", she has been the backbone in the community. As well as being devious in the community, she is pretty amazeballs as a friend as well. She is always willing to listen to ideas and be a wall to bounce the odd contest idea off of.
"I remember starting out with Karen as emoticonists back in the late 2000's in #thumbsshare, and she fit right into the medium. Not much later after she started out, her talent and popularity skyrocketed as a skilled emoticonist. A year or two passed, and then she became the CV for the emote gallery, and became a part of a whole bunch of different initiatives to help those willing to learn about emotes. Her kindness and willingness to devote the time she has into the community eventually led me to know a long time ago that her achieving this type of honor was only a matter of time. I've been honored to work with her on multiple occasions on the projects she started, and will continue to be in the future. It also makes me very happy to know her as a friend. Congrats again, Karen.
Hi. My name is Karen, I'm 22 and live in England. I've been a member of deviantART for around 7 years and an emoticonist for just over 5. Outside of the internet, I am currently taking a gap year having graduated from university last year. In my spare time I volunteer with my local Scout group, play Minecraft and enjoy solving Rubik's cubes.Hi Karen! How do you feel after receiving this month's Deviousness Award? Did you ever imagine you would be receiving it someday?
I feel it's a great honour to have received the award. It has been rather overwhelming to see the number of people who have come by my page to congratulate me, some that I have met over the years I have been on dA and many that I am meeting for the first time. It has also been a massive boost and inspired me to carry on with the work I do.
It had occasionally passed through the back of my mind that it would be nice to receive the award, but my main focus has always been supporting the emote community. I get a kick out of seeing the community's reaction to anything I do, so I'm always looking for new ways to help out and support the community in any way I can. You're a very passionate emoticonist, how did you start doing these? What would you like to say to those who are starting or want to start doing emoticons?
Soon after joining deviantART I stumbled across the emoticon gallery and became fascinated with the art form. It was amazing to see the range of actions and expressions they could display, though for several years I was convinced I wouldn't be able to make them myself. After taking a closer look at how they were made, I decided to have a go and succeeded in making a number of basic emotes. Over time I worked at improving my shading and animation, before exploring larger canvases and more complex scenes, which are my main focus today.
I would really recommend that anyone who is interested in making emoticons checks out a group called #Emotication. It acts as a central hub of knowledge about all emoticon related topics, along with housing over 200 different tutorials covering anything you might want to know. I think it would also be worth pointing out that emotes aren't always as easy to make as they seem, so don't be disheartened if your first few attempts don't go to plan. Just like any other art form, practice makes perfect and even after 5 years of making emotes, there may be some aspects you can't quite get right. Equally, don't be afraid to ask for help. We are a small and tightknit community with many members open to giving feedback to people who ask for it. Don't be scared to note an experienced emoticonist if you need some advice or would like some suggestions on how to improve something you are working on.
You're also very involved in the community, being part of various groups and even had a term as a volunteer some time ago and nowadays being supportive and caring with everyone. What can you tell us about this? How was your experience as volunteer and what would you say to those who want to get more involved as you are now?
"If I remember correctly, I first met `Synfull through #WeEmote, though to be more specific, it was the chatroom with the same name. I believe it was during her first stint as CV. Since then, I've learned a lot from her. Not just about emotes, but about life, friendship, and even myself. We've discussed how to overcome with some of the struggles that the Emote community has gone through (both from external and internal forces), we've debated about the proper way to react to things, and we've naturally shared ideas and critique with each other regarding our artwork. I personally think Karen deserves the Deviousness Award because she's not afraid to stir up discussion and debate, and she's not afraid to voice her opinion strongly for the betterment of deviantART, especially when it comes to the Emote community. She causes trouble (in a manner of speaking) so something gets done, and if that's not at least a little devious, I don't know what is.
"As you would know, I've always been jealous of `Synfull's talent, commitment to the community, eye for detail, creativity, and moustache. It's times like these that I have to slam two and two together because I'm reminded that such a down-to-earth, silly, and humble friend is also this amazingly talented, wonderfully gifted, and incredibly dedicated individual who doesn't get nearly the amount of recognition and thanks she deserves. Stay hard, my flove. <5
When I first became an emoticonist I began to notice a lull in community activity, so I decided it might be nice to start a weekly emoticon news series to showcase recent emotes that had been submitted and advertise new projects, contests and events. As the article became more popular, I looked for other ways I could get involved in the community and found myself getting stuck in to a wide range of different activities, whether it be hosting contests, organising chat events or running groups.
I had been an emoticonist less than a year when the Community Volunteer position become open, but I had gained a wealth of experience through all the different things I had done in the community. It was a great opportunity to help the community further and a privilege to be given the chance to feature DDs and help spread emoticon news around the dA community. Looking back, I feel I was sometimes a little too arrogant in the position, but I learnt a lot and generally enjoyed the role.
For those that would like to get more involved in a community, whether it is the emoticon gallery or any other, I'd suggest you simply find a gap in the community and try to create something to fill it. Whether it is a news article featuring recent work, or a group to support a certain type of artist, sit down and think of the best way you could help and get involved. Just try to be unique and find something which isn't already being done. Just make sure you are passionate and committed to anything you want to do and don't be put down if it takes a while to get noticed. If you are unsure if you have the time or experience to commit to running a group, why not ask if you can support one that is already out there - plenty of groups need extra volunteers!
You've been a member of the site for more then 7 years, how do you think deviantART has influenced your work over all these years?
"Well what can I say about Karen, she's awesome, both online and offline, and I've had the pleasure of knowing her for a couple of years now. She always seems to spread the positivity with her helpful tutorials and news articles. Not only is she super nice and friendly, but she is a brilliant emoticonist and pixel artist. I've never seen someone handle a rubiks cube so well, either.
Stay hard, my flove. <5
"I've known Karen for about four years now and she is still one of my oldest and closest deviantART friends. She is a very positive influence on the emoticon community, and I am very pleased that A Mysterious Spanish Gentleman such as herself has received the recognition I think she deserved. Whether it was being an awesome GM a few years back, writing up emote-related news articles, holding chat events, posting tutorials, or just generally being active in the community, Karen has always been there for emoticonists, and so from us to her, congratulations Karebear!
"I met Karen shortly after I got into emoticons and I can't really remember the emoticon community before she first became its GM. She's put so much time and effort into the community; creating and coordinating events, contests and projects, creating groups to support both new and existing emoticonists, and providing help to those who need it. Even after stepping down from her position as GM, she's always been a strong presence in the emote community, pulling people together, and I can't imagine the community without her. She's a great person, an amazing friend, and well deserving of this recognition for all she does. Congrats on the Award for Deviousness, Synfull!
I had always dabbled in different art forms as a child, but at the time of joining deviantART I had no real focus or desire to make art on a regular basis. Being a member of dA certainly changed that and I often find myself dreaming up new ideas or concepts as I carry out my everyday tasks. I think the biggest way it has influenced my work is my choice of art form. DeviantART houses a unique emoticon community, unlike any other I have found elsewhere on the internet, which constantly breaks the mould of the art form and considers emotes more than 'just something to use in conversation'. The emote community here at dA has taught me everything I know about the art form, which just goes to show it is never too late to try something new.
On the community side of 'work', I feel that my time at deviantART has certainly made me more confident volunteering and interacting with a wide range of people. I've learnt a lot about balancing projects and I'm more willing to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. If you could express your current mood with just one emoticon, which would it be?
"It has been almost 5 years since I have met `Synfull on dA. She already has been an inspiring deviant before she became a Community Volunteer (Gallery Moderator back then).
I am honestly surprised that she didn't receive the award years ago, she certainly would have deserved it.
She keeps the Community alive, not only with her amazing Emotes, but also with incredible helpful tutorials, inspiring News Articles and Events full of awesomeness.
Whenever I needed feedback for a concept/idea I had for a Project/Contest/Event, she was there and helped me to improve the idea.
If you ever need a critique for your Emoticons or you need help with an (Emoticon related) project/Contest, she should be the first deviant to ask for help. She is incredible supportive and will most likely be happy to help. ;D Just ask politely.
I really admire her for what she has done for the community. <3 And it is always fun to talk to her.
"I think the one thing that can be said about Karen is that there are few individuals who have as much passion for the emoticon community as she does. Her dedication through the creation of hundreds of emotes, publication of various articles, administration of dozens of groups, as well as serving as Emoticon CV for a time, proves her love for this often under-appreciated artform. Her efforts to update the emoticon legend and revamp the emoticon gallery are also note-worthy. All of that, plus 8 Daily Deviations under her belt,`Synfull is definitely an emoticon superstar.
"Karen absolutely deserves the award. I met her through emoting here on dA where she encouraged me a lot to continue, and I always saw her promoting this and that, helping out here, hosting something there. She's the kind of brilliant person who would secretly make you a really cool gift and post it to you just because (ahem, TARDIS Rubik's Cube!). Plus, anyone I can sit in Costa Coffee and talk with for 6 hours has got to be pretty darn cool.