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Midnight-Jan 1, 2012 :Update: by mirz-alt Midnight-Jan 1, 2012 :Update: by mirz-alt
This is my entry for the Emoticon Opus 2012 contest. [link] The theme is how the world will end in 2012. Well, people think there will be an earthquake or some other natural disaster. They’re wrong. The vampires are going to finally rise and take over! Well, at least that is what they think. The vampire hunters may have a thing or two to say about that before then.

This is also a joint entry for the October EMTC hosted by ^SparklyDest. Before working on the piece, I realized it would also fit that theme. I asked for permission from ^SparklyDest to submit it to her contest, too. She said yes. :aww:

Oh...Em...Gee... What a technical nightmare this piece was! I honestly cannot tell you how many layers I used on this because I lost count. Getting each element down and then combining them was a huge learning experience for me. Of course, right near the end, I realized I screwed several mid-animation frames and took me hours to fix. Then the fade at the end would not convert to .gif. We spent a terrible amount of time re-working it so it would convert correctly. Thank goodness for my art partner--I couldn't have done it without Jim! I will admit, I did want to do a few extra things with the piece, but I had no time. So, I'm submitting this with a few MINUTES to spare.

As for the piece.... Now, don’t ask me why those emotes are sitting in that street/alley, gleefully unaware that something may happen. I dunno, maybe they are tempting fate on January 1, 2012! But, the vampires don't care. This is their night and it's gonna be a bloodbath.

This piece took me a solid week to do. Thing is, I had such a clear image of how I wanted this piece to look. When I realized it would be mammoth to pull-off, I tried to cut it down, but I couldn’t bring myself to. I probably could write a ton more about this, but I’m planning on putting up some extensive WIP pics in my Scraps this weekend, so I’ll comment on the technical stuff then. WIP is in my scraps here ---> [link]

One last mention and credit: The blood at the end was the work of `Ravenswd. I had started to do the effect manually and realized there was no way I could do it and still make the contest deadline. Using my pallette and going off mock-ups of what I wanted it to look like, Jim used his Gif Monkey program to generate the blood flowing down the page (TONS of maths involved). It’s amazing work and I owe him immensely for it.



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:iconpizzapotatonbacon:
PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the animation in this! :D And I also love the expressions as well. is it strange i wanted to laugh at their suffering
And I can't help it, but hat Vampire chasing the yellow human in the background strangely reminds me of Sparklydest's EC Death. :|
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013   General Artist
LOL Thank you.

And, yes, it does look like Death. :giggle:
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:iconkayleero:
kayleero Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, your emotes are so awesome!! I can't imagine doing backgrounds like that.... :faint:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011   General Artist
I love doing backgrounds. :giggle:
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:iconkayleero:
kayleero Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, I can tell XD! I hope someday I'll beable to draw background as well as you can. Right now they're just.... bleh.
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DryBones44 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your deviation has been featured here: [link]

It also won the OTHER funniest emoticon of 2011! :la; To get your stamp go to the article!

AND VERY SOON YOU WILL GET YOUR SECOND AWARD WHICH IS THE FUNNIEST EMOTICONIST OF OCTOBER 2011! :squee: :squee: You'll get it soon just check out the article! :la:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011   General Artist
Thank you again for that. :hug:
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Krissi001 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011   General Artist
Such a sweet, coloring message. Love it! And thank you for letting me know. :love:
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:iconkrissi001:
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
I just love to create these kind of messages :lmao:
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ByPriorArrangement Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
:lol: Congrats on your win! :boogie:
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010   General Artist
:iconblinkthanksplz:
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Kohaku0827 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Win! :dance:
Featured --> [link]
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   General Artist
Thank you, my dear.
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Kohaku0827 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome. :hug:
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Moocman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
I love it! And the slowly waving arms!
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010   General Artist
Thank you. Yes, I try to give it a bit of realism. :nod:
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:iconfifi-kun:
Fifi-kun Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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Phoenix667 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Amazing! I really like the blood covering the camera closing the loop!
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   General Artist
Thank you. Yes, that is what I envisioned from the start and I was very happy I could pull it off.
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:iconphoenix667:
Phoenix667 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
You're welcome!
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Synfull Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Just to let you know this emote was featured in volume 102 of So i herd u liek emotes?? :iconsqueeeplz:
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:iconwarnia:
warnia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   Digital Artist
OWO
amazing XD~
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   General Artist
Thank you. :heart:
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ShikuroxKanno Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This made my night :XD:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   General Artist
So glad it did!
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The-Bloody-Fedora Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist
:clap:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
:bow: Thank you.
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The-Bloody-Fedora Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist
You're welcome ^^
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MenInASuitcase Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
awesome entry :)
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Thank you. I love your entry too. :heart:
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:iconoktanas:
Oktanas Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice entry
I think those emotes could do something or just talking. Now they looks strange just standing there.
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
Well, it's after the deadline, but I went ahead and added the talking. I agree it looks much better. :nod:
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:iconmirz123:
Mirz123 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I was going to make them talk, but didn't have time to animate it. When I looked at the time, I think I submitted this 4 minutes before the deadline. :omfg: I probably will come back and add some talking later, but right now my eyes and head hurt thinking about it. :giggle:
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haking17 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wow. This is great! I love the effects. :D
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsparklydest:
SparklyDest Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome! Forget zombie hordes, these is a vicious pack of vampires! :eager: This is just great! :nod:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
:nod: These are the types of vampires I grew up on. No namsy-pamsy stuff. Dark and brutal!
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:iconsparklydest:
SparklyDest Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:evillaugh: The way vampires were meant to be!!
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
:iconsinisternodplz:
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palmouth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
:giggle:

btw, that scene reminds me of something :lighbulb: check [link] nice, jazzy choreography there ... I allways wanted to do something like that (emotes smoothly moving synchronously, so that one can feel the groove), but I guess I'll never find the time for it :phew: perhaps it's an inspiration for you ;-)
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
`Synfull did something kinda like that for the last Opus contest. [link] Her piece was great. It was a shame it didn't place.
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palmouth Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
nah ... I meant something like your 'seasons of life', people enter the scene randomly (walking, jumping) and then synchronize into a choreography, and finaly they part as they arrived ... that's what happens in this film quite often, on a street, in a restaurant ... I sooo loooove that approach (Jacko also used it quite often in the longer videos) ;-)
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
:nod: I see what you are saying. Yeah, that kind of thing would appeal to me to try, but when I have a bigger block of time. Whenever that may be.
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palmouth Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
:lol:
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:iconemotikonz:
Emotikonz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
They were looking at that manhole for hours. It must be very fascinating. :lol:

Great work on this! :clap:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
You have no idea how hard this made me laugh. :rofl:

I did go ahead and add talking so they don't look so odd. (Though the version of them just staring at the manhole has been preserved and saved for posterity.)
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Ravenswd Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
They're all members of a manhole fandom group. They meet every Sunday and study interesting manhole covers. Sometimes meetings don't break up until 2 AM or so.
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