Creating unique Discord emoji for your server is a good way to offer value to your members as they join. It helps to build your community’s culture by enriching the experience and taking advantage of inside jokes. Finding animated emoji that resonates with them is both a good way of stabilizing your community and enticing new members to subscribe.
How to Commission Animated Discord Emotes
Step 1: Create Rough Sketches of Ideas
It can be difficult to choose what style of emojis you want when you first create your server. Take note of your community in general, or what you hope it will become. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What inside jokes or memes do they spam most regularly?
- How can your emojis match your overall branding?
- Is there a type of emoji that your members are requesting?
Once you have a few ideas, create some rough sketches of what you would like so that you can share them with the designer. You can also find other emojis or images that you can show them for reference. While you will need something new, you can often find inspiration elsewhere. You will also want to know how you want them animated so that you can tell the designer.
You should also ensure that your designs are original. Consider commissioning several emotes at once so that there is some continuity within your server.
Step 2: Find a Good Digital Artist on Fiverr
When you have finished coming up with design ideas, visit Fiverr to find a good digital artist who can create the emojis you need for your server. Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers can create profiles and accept work through the platform. Every artist has their own style and affordable pricing.
There are dozens of animated Discord emoji designers on the platform and you will, most likely, find an artist whose work appeals to you.
Step 3: Explain Your Emoji Concepts to the Designer
Reach out to one of the designers with your ideas to find out if they have the time to work with you. Show them your rough sketches and other images that inspired you in your ideas. Let them know if you want any specific style (such as chibi emojis) or colors that you want them to incorporate into the design.
Step 4: Answer Any Questions They May Have For You
Many artists will ask clarifying questions so that they have a better idea of your overall style before they spend time creating a design for you. Go through each question and answer them to the best of your ability. Find other examples or expand on your original idea to give them more context overall.
Step 5: Examine the Work They Return to You
Most artists on Fiverr will return their work to you within a week. When they do, look at the image and see if there is anything that is out of place or needs to be improved. If there is text on the image, make sure that it is spelled correctly.
Step 6: Ask For Necessary Revisions
After reviewing the work, ask for any necessary revisions. Be thorough and clear in your request and thank them for their time. Most designers will allow 1-2 revisions along with their base package.
Step 7: Approve the Work
When they deliver an emoji (or several emotes) that are to your liking, approve their work, and pay them for their time and efforts. Feel free to tip if they did a fantastic job. Write a full review or rate them to help them find more work in the future.
Step 8: Upload Your Emojis to Discord
After you have paid for them, you will be able to upload your emotes to Discord. When you are first starting out, you will have to wait for their approval process, but if your server remains in good standing, future emotes will be automatically approved.
Custom animated emojis are a great way to celebrate the growth of your Discord community and to give something back to your supporters.