I sketch characters all the time but designing an emoji is a first for me. Yet, I dislike limiting myself to one project so I decided to give it a try and design a set with few emojis included in it.
I made sure to read the guidelines and followed them through my designing process. This is the most important step to take before starting to design. There were a lot of times when I missed reading those designing guidelines and I ended up messing the whole thing. You got to make sure that the size of your design is correct and the mode/dpi setting.
First, when I was brainstorming I sketched 20 different emojis for this package. However, I ended up designing only 10 which was the minimum number of emojis required for each set. Those guidelines were already set by MojiLala so I had to make sure to follow the min. number.
Having my sketches ready made the job a lot easier. They were my guide to digitally design and paint them. So I had them by my side while designing using Photoshop. Although Illustrator has a better quality but I feel more comfortable using Photoshop.
I chose 10 emojis from my sketched designs and started tracing and painting each one of them. Most of the tools I used in Photoshop are brush, layer style, & the blur. Also, I heavily work with layers so it’s usual for me to have 50+ layers for simple designs. Heavy ones require even more. But for layers in each design to be organized, you have to group them.
The idea behind choosing this type of emoji is because I had this concept for characters long time ago. Those characters were based on fruits & vegetables so I turned one of them which is ‘lemon’ to an emoji. Hence the name ‘LeMoji’.
For a quick process on how I designed these emojis you can watch this video. It’s also available in Artista’s official YouTube channel:
Designers have their own way of illustrating and painting. So if my process seems a little bit different to you it’s normal. There isn’t one specific way to get your design done unless you’re following rigid guidelines. Otherwise, the most important factor to keep in mind is the quality. That’s why too many designers prefer to design using Illustrator. I use it for logos and some of my patterns. However, for simple and personal projects I prefer using Photoshop.
One more thing to ease up the process even more, use the first emoji you design as your template. Whenever you’re satisfied with your design create the other emojis based on the first emoji you designed. Create a basic one (e.g, smiling) then copy the body/face and other elements you need for your second design.
For any question regarding emojis or design in general, you can email me at: artistaq8(at)gmail(dot)com.