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Wed Jul 19, 2006, 1:28 PM
Every so often I come back to deviantART to check out new wallpapers, visual styles, etc., or to see if I have any messages in my message center.  Recently I read a note that was sent to me by mattdanna saying that he "caught" me on deviantART (as he noticed that, at the time, I had visited less than 24 hours ago according to my user page).  In the note, mattdanna suggested that I write a journal entry and update the community on what I have been up to.  I thought about his suggestion figured what the heck, I'll take him up on it.

As you might be aware, I have been away from the deviantART community for over two years now at the time of this writing.  I just graduated from college this past June and currently I am in graduate school, studying for my M.Ed. in early childhood education.  The program I'm in is a year-long program and it's packed with a ton of studying and homework.  It will all be worth it in the end though because come May, 2007 I will have not only have my master's degree, but a teaching license as well.

I'd like to add a little something about my emoticons.  Many of you probably know that while I was creating emoticons I was pretty big into the anti-ripping scene.  Without going into great detail, I basically held the stance that emoticons are art just like other medium here in the community, and I didn't really want websites other than deviantART using my emoticons without my permission.  If you're curious as to why, you can read about that here.

Every so often I still receive notes from people asking permission to use my emoticons.  I have not responded to those notes for two reasons.  The first reason is that I had a website button at the top of my user page for a while that, if clicked, contained the answer to those requests.  If people couldn't take the time to click that and read what it linked them to, then that's not my fault.  

The second reason I think can pretty much be summed up by a statement that dygel put in one of his journal entries (slightly edited by me):

"The desire I once had to be noticed in any emoticoning capacity has greatly diminished."

I hope nobody takes that statement the wrong way, but it can also relate to my status in the deviantART community.  I left the emoticoning scene a while ago and when I did that, I meant it.  I certainly had a fun time as an active member here, but I had done everything that I wanted to do.  I made countless emoticons (many of which became official to deviantART...a joy in its own right), expanded my artistic horizons, became an active/giving part in/to the community, attained senior status, and as bonuses, got the Deviousness Award and even held the position of Icons Gallery Director for a period of time.  As I mentioned in my Goodbye Journal Entry though, I had just exhausted myself and needed to step away.

So going back to the emoticons and other websites using them.  After much consideration I have decided on the following:  

I am opening up my emoticon gallery to anyone who wishes to use its contents for their website, message board, etc.  You do NOT have to ask me for permission to use them.  Enjoy.

By holding on to my emoticons for so long and keeping them private to me and to deviantART, I feel like I have been keeping myself somewhat active here.  I mean no disrespect to this community as a whole or its individuals whatsoever, but as I already mentioned by referencing dygel, my desire to be noticed has significantly decreased.  My views on emoticon ripping still stand, however.  I do not look at the act of opening up my emoticons to any website as a "defeat" or "surrender" by any means, but rather as a "goodbye gift" of sorts.  A lot of people have asked me to use them and they all have gotten the same answer.  Now that has changed, so enjoy.  All I ask is that they are not used for any sort of financial profit, or used in any recreations.  By the latter I basically mean do not use or edit my emoticons to make "new" ones.

Thank you to all who have left me messages since I left the community.  I really appreciate the comments, and I apologize for not responding.  I hope you will consider this journal entry as somewhat of a response to all of you.  Take care everyone, and goodbye (again), deviantART.


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LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Just want to say a late kudos as we're about to start using a few more of your emoticons.  You're a true artist to forum admins like myself. :)
Lolita-Ragdoll Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder if he still visits this page. It's been 6 years already since I read this. wow, time sure flies! Makes you wonder how much must have changed!

Hope everything is going great in you life Hprince329. ^___^
Dinosuarjosh Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i use your emoticons i don't know how to use themm.
Dinosuarjosh Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i use your emoticons i don't know how to use them.
JohnJensen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Rubycored Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
nice to hear ya hprince :)

eventhough you were 1 day before my time :P
DuncanMcNicol Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
I see you there, leaving a comment on a deviation yesterday
electricnet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
It's so nice hearing from you again Scott, and hearing that everything is going well. I think it will be interesting to see how people can use your emoticons now that they're public! I looked a bit around on Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides flexible copyright "licenses", and I think this describes what you allow pretty well.

Good luck with your school and the next 2 years of your life! ;P

budgieishere Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
Firstly, great to hear things are moving along for you nicely Scott. Best of luck with your Masters degree man.

Huge gesture with your emotes, one that I hope will not be abused and the gesture will be appreciated by all. From a personal front, your work has been a huge inspiration, and I do hope life just keeps going strong for you Scott.

tsemalon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome back and goodbye again :wave:
Heidi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
Thank you. This made my day. :star:

mattdanna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad to see you took me up on it. :P It's great hearing from you and what you been up to. We (referring to the community) certainly miss you and your presence here on the site. But I understand your basically accomplished everything that a deviant can do. It's just unfortunate that we didn't get to see you for 2 years.

About your emoticons...that's a pretty awesome gift that you're giving to people--the use of your emoticons. I'm sure you'll be able to spot them on quite a few message boards and forums in the near future. :giggle:

I hope that you continue to update us on your real life status...even if that means waiting another 2 years to hear from you. I'll certainly be here, I hope.

Thanks for the update. I wish you the best for your future.
You were once, and still are, one of the best emoticonists and deviants that this community has seen. :peace:
karyaazure Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Cool, I'm in a similar grad program, good luck with that :)
vica Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006   Interface Designer
Good to have you back man... the game need you.
howling Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Wow great to hear from you once again! Has it been 2 years!? I wonder if you even remember me :) Your emoticons speak for themselves, not considering who uses them on what site - choosing your emotes over another's is a mark of respect and a compliment in some way or form. :)

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