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Tux avatar for Horgrathi by jSepia Tux avatar for Horgrathi by jSepia
I started this avatar a long time ago, but couldn't find any way to spice up the animation. Making it blink isn't very original, but... it has to blink. :giggle:

For those who don't know who this penguin is (yes, some people have no idea), it's called Tux, and it's the official Linux mascot (Linux is an OS). Linus Torvalds, the guy who created Linux, had a fixation for penguins:

"Linus Torvalds has claimed, in various posts to Linux kernel discussion groups over the years, to have been attacked by a 'ferocious penguin that bit me and infected me with a little known disease called penguinitis. Penguinitis makes you stay awake at nights just thinking about penguins and feeling great love towards them'.
Torvalds later said that while he did indeed have a close and personal encounter with a penguin, the bird wasn't ferocious, and just timidly nibbled on Torvald's finger."

Source: Wired News

Done in Ulead Gif Animator 5, as always. I can't say how much time it took. It would have been done in a couple of hours if I stopped nitpicking every detail. There's no compression involved, everything is pixeled and dithered by hand.
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:iconnoiseryuu:
noiseryuu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cute <3
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:iconnuxster:
nuxster Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Thanks!
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:iconlegnis:
legnis Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
:love:
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:iconsalxe:
sAlxe Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
:heart:
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:iconjkcustoms:
jkcustoms Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
[link] STEALED.
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:iconrevenantseraph:
revenantseraph Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
I don't suppose I could borrow your Tux for my school programming project? It would just sit on my University's server and not go anywhere.
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:icondakki000:
dakki000 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
our cute tux
very good.
and I'll never ever switch to another OS.
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:iconadenfraser:
adenfraser Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006   Interface Designer
This is very nice...
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:iconlinkid:
linkid Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
I love this sooooooooo much. So i made it mine.Can i us that as my avatar?
wanna contact u.
mail me on jsepia.5.chanux@spamgourmet.com

plz plz plz
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
No, you are not allowed to use it, that one was made for =Horgrathi. You should have asked first if you wanted an avatar for you. Please remove it. Thank you.
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:iconlinkid:
linkid Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
hey, I couldn't remember how to change ma avatar. plz tell me how to. Am I troubling u?
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
I see you already found out how to change your avatar. ;) I'm not taking any requests at this time, because I don't have enough time to make any kind of art.

But if you still want a custom avatar, you can ask in the Icons forum: [link]
Good luck there. :)

By the way, I don't feel offended myself, but it's a bit rude to ask for e-mail communication in a website which offers other ways to interact. It's a Netiquette rule known as "Post here, read here".
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:iconlinkid:
linkid Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006
Oh...Thanx Jay....Appreciate your coment. thx & good luck
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:iconlinkid:
linkid Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
Okay-I'm sorry.
Can u plz make me one too.Use that eml address I gave u to contact me. That address is just for avoid spams.
thx
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:iconamericanredhead2:
americanredhead2 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
so awesome and cute!
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:iconsunbear:
Sunbear Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
cute!
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:iconfransoun:
Fransoun Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005
So cute! I didn't know who the penguin was; thank you for the enlightenment. To me, it looks like there is a pixel or two below the arm that stands out when the left arm moves in, but that could just be me. Very nice.
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005
Ooops. :oops: That's true. I think I'll go through most of my pixel animations next week to fix this kind of mistakes. I've been delaying that for a long time.
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Fransoun Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005
Yeah, checking your own work is no fun. I always like to get someone else to edit my work (mostly my writing) because I find it hard to see my own mistakes. I'm too blinded by what I think should be there, rather than what is there.
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005
I didn't know you were a writer too. :excited: Will you ever submit a piece of literature to DA?
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:iconfransoun:
Fransoun Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
No, not that kind of writing. I'm just talking about school pieces, like essays and stuff. Thanks for the enthusiasm, though. =D
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
Some school essays can be interesting to read, though. ;)
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:iconfransoun:
Fransoun Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
Unfortunatly, most essays are book specific, although I did write a fun one on the difference between an instrument and a tool... I'll think about it. Thanks.
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MattGAllan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005  Professional Photographer
I really love the colour of the feet, And the twitch motins adorable.
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gas13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work on this one. You have animated all you can animate :)

I can't see any way to improve this. It looks great as is.
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:iconladyfirari:
ladyfirari Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Tux agian he is so cue and has a laptop hehe ^_^
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:icon1stpklosr1336:
1stpklosr1336 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005   Traditional Artist
Hehe, that's really adorable. Great job. Nice animation too, it's very smooth.
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:iconkreelah:
kreelah Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
And it looks awesome!!!! :worship:
Hurray for Tux! :w00t:
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:iconhorgrathi:
Horgrathi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
yay, I love him :)
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Thanks for using it! Glad you like it :aww:
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:iconhorgrathi:
Horgrathi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Yeah, I love it sooo much ... heheh ... the "H" on the notebook is sweet too.
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Spyro-boy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
omfg. I love it too!
I wish I had one like it. :(

( I'm a big linux fan too. )
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:iconcyela:
cyela Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
he's cute! i likes the penguin...
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diamondie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005  Professional Writer
I think the top of Tux's head is a bit flat and there should be more space between the eyes, but that can be counted to artistic intepretation. Good work as always, I really like the animation - especially that wiggling leg. Blinking may be a cliché, but real people (and probably most animals) do blink constantly.
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:iconjsepia:
jSepia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Even though it's a known fact that people blink less when they're looking at a computer screen. But I don't know if that applies to TFT's. :shrug:

Thank you for the advice. My reference picture has a rather flat head, but I fixed a couple of pixels anyway.
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