Dag to hundrede syveogtredive. So, what's new? Meh, not much. Did a bit o' this, a bit o' that, finished off the day with some graphics stuff. So not particularly interesting, to be honest. But I did make some little smilies, which we'll get onto in a sec. For the record, today's post title is meant to be 'something something something', it's called a joke, or a witty thingy. For the 'lulz'.
OK, smilies. Everyone has a smilie set on their chat software, be it AIM, Skype, MSN or a chat room. Even Facebook has its own specialised smilie set, though it isn't particularly good. So perhaps we need a universal set of smilies, ones which actually mean what you want them to mean, ones which don't change the simple emotion of ':D'. ':D', or ':)' are so simple in their meaning that changing them for the sake of a good-looking graphic. The Facebook smilies in particular are very shitty.
So our first smilie of the JOHNSMILIES collection is the classic smiling face, or ':)'. I've decided to use the Futura font to create the basic forms of the smilies, and I've tried to adapt the characters (a colon, or bracket, or capital D) in only the most needy cases.
Then we have the ':P' face, where the guy is sticking his tongue out. This was hard to do because I had to keep the thickness of the lines in the P appropriate for the face (ie. the same thickness as the bracket in ':)') whilst still keeping it large on the face (the only way I can make the lines thinner is by making the entire P smaller, I ain't editing the vectors of Futura, that's blasphemy).
Next up is the angry face, or '>:)', which uses a greater-than sign as the eyebrows. The problem with applying it to a graphic is that it needs to be smaller, but still maintain its stroke width. So anyways, here's the best I can do. I'll probably change it sometime.