Artwork has the power to communicate powerful emotions
If you are like me, images or artwork are more impactful than words. Through images even children can understand people’s emotions faster than long drawn out sentences and lengthy paragraphs. Art can be one of the funnest way to share ones feelings and emotions. No wonder, through the advent of technology, sharing emojis has become an exciting and humorous way to express your feelings and current state of being.
Today emoji’s are now as common as a handshake
Sending an emoji has become my most common way of responding to text messages. It is a fun way to find the perfect expression to response to someone’s comment with a wacky cartoon or image based on how their text made you feel. As an concept artist a great benefit to designing an emoji is having the same container shape for each individual expressions. The only challenge was deciding what that shape should be.
Exploring which Emoji Design possibilities turned into a daunting task
I didn’t want design emojis based on the already well known yellow emoji heads. As I considers all the options for my emojis I kept coming back to the thought of a candy as the subject matter. Candies are colorful and simple shapes and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Still which candy to drive my emoji was still allusive to me. So, I considered and sketched alternatives, fruits, animals or a type of food sticker. Unfortunately, nothing clicked.
During the time when I was contemplating which the muse for my emoji’s stickers, my parents were in town for a visit. My father enjoys traveling with a container of salted nuts for snack. Dad likes to add a few hand fulls of candy corns to the nuts to create a sweet and salty combination. I was snacking on my Dad’s candy corn and salted nut concoction when I had my epiphany. Candy Corn was the unique candy to derive my candy emojis stickers from.
Candy corns and their magical connection into Halloween
The add benefit of using candy corns as my emoji sticker pack of choice was their natural connection to Halloween. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday along with Christmas. The magic of Halloween allows even adults to dress up and use their imagination. This connection of candy corn and Halloween would also help me to unlock the concept for my upcoming Kickstarter mobile game Candy Corn Critters.
Now I knew the subject for my stickers next step was to decide which platform to release my sticker pack to, the Google Play Store, Apple’s App Store, Facebook Messenger, Amazon or WhatsApp. At this point point in my life, the only App Store I had ever used was Apple’s. Also in considering all my family kids, wife, and extended family used iPhones. Also I wasn’t sure how many of them were using messenger or WhatsApp. So my final decision landed on Apple’s App Store.
You can follow the link here to take you to the final product, My Candy Corn Stickers.
To be honest the only online stores I had the most experience with was Apple’s App Store. As a start-up indie game developer I decided it would be a great benefit to become familiar with one of the online App Stores, either Google Play Store or Apple’s store. Since my family and I iPhones and I use a Mackbook and illustrate all my work on an iPad, I decide to start with Apple’s App store.
Now that the I identified where I was going go sell my stickers I wanted to keep the scope of our first project as an indie game developer low so I settled on just trying to publish a sticker pack. was to create a sticker pack for the app store. With meme stickers, emoji stickers and the success of Candy Crush and it’s candy stickers. Focusing on a food sticker seemed like a good idea for Apple’s