LINE EMOJI PROJECT PART 1

As some of you may know from my updates on Twitter, I spent a number of months at the beginning of this year working on a project to create 1000 emojis.

It gives me great pleasure to finally share the first 1/4 of this project with you!

The work was for a social networking app called LINE. A South-Korean/Japanese company who’s largely asian user base currently reaches over 400 million people! LINE is similar to other messaging apps like Whatsapp but has a much greater emphasis on visuals rather than text. (Which is where I come in!)

At the beginning of the year I was contacted by LINE’s new LA office to help start creating illustrations that would appeal to the US & European markets it’s approaching. 

The project was big, enormous actually - I was asked to create 1000 emojis in just 10 weeks and in order to meet that deadline I had to supply 100 illustrations a week. This meant that for the best part of 3 months I was working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. I actually watched the seasons pass from winter to spring outside my window and even warped the nail out of shape on my drawing finger due to holding a pen for so long each day! 

I don’t tend to write too much personal stuff in these blog posts as it’s probably not of much interest to many of you, but I am going to buck the trend slightly on this occasion and (as Jack Hughes would say) get a bit emosh - Because this project was by far the most challenging thing I have ever done. I owe a huge amount of gratitude to my girlfriend who helped me through it! She basically fed and watered me like a plant for 3 months as I sat rooted to my computer and I genuinely couldn’t have done it without her.

However, overall, despite the rather extreme working hours this project was incredibly exciting to be a part of and I am very happy with the outcome. I feel proud that so many people are using my drawings to communicate with one another - it’s quite a surreal thought actually!

Also drawing at that size was a challenge I really enjoyed and despite having to increase my regular line width by about 20x I still feel the work remains true to my style.

LINE has now released the first 250/1000 of my emojis as default on the app for everyone to use. The next 750 will be released sporadically over the coming weeks.

Above are a few of my favourites from the ones that have been released 

If you would like to check them out and use them for yourself just download the app for free, it’s available on all smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia)

If you decide to do so add me on LINE! My LINE I.D is - danwoodger

Lastly as this is just a 1/4 of the whole project, there is still an awful lot to document and considering the amount of time & effort it took to complete I want to make sure that when LINE release the rest of the emojis I document everything fully - So I am currently looking for a film editor to help me document this project and if you’d be interested in helping me with this please send me an email.

You can find all my contact details here.

Dan

P.S - Many thanks to the super art direction of Jenny who gave me this fantastic opportunity
Goodbye 2013
Last day of drawing for 2013. Massive thanks for all the support this year. It really has been far beyond what I expected. I’ve been incredibly fortunate and have worked on some really cool projects. If 2012 was the year for working on unusual, large objects (i.e phonebox, lunch box, etc.) then 2013 has definitely been the year of magazine editorial work, here’s a selection of titles I worked for this year. Thanks again everyone! Have a great christmas see you in 2014!Dan

Goodbye 2013

Last day of drawing for 2013. Massive thanks for all the support this year. It really has been far beyond what I expected. I’ve been incredibly fortunate and have worked on some really cool projects. 

If 2012 was the year for working on unusual, large objects (i.e phonebox, lunch box, etc.) then 2013 has definitely been the year of magazine editorial work, here’s a selection of titles I worked for this year. 

Thanks again everyone! Have a great christmas see you in 2014!

Dan

Nokia Lumia 1020/Windows 

This was a really enjoyable piece! I was commissioned by PR agency 3-Monkeys to create a detailed 1960’s spy themed illustration as part of a competition in collaboration with Nokia, Windows and Gingerline. 

Gingerline organise secret dining events in London and this illustration forms part of the competition to win a place at their latest event. I had to hide a secret message somewhere within this illustration and using the clues on their website you have to try and find it.

The competition is still running so visit the Gingerline website HERE to have a go and be in with a chance of winning!


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