emoji-painted billiard balls take on playful personalities in the 'poolmoji' set
emoji-painted billiard balls take on playful personalities in the 'poolmoji' set emoji-painted billiard balls take on playful personalities in the 'poolmoji' set
jun 22, 2016
emoji-painted billiard balls take on playful personalities in the 'poolmoji' set


emoji-painted billiard balls take on playful personalities in the ‘poolmoji’ set 

 

 

 

when he found a new pool table at work, digital artist jean-baptiste le divelec and a group of his creative friends decided to create some custom billiard balls for the game. drawing from popular culture and the ubiquity of emoticon figures and faces, the team hand-painted fifteen emoji expressions on the pool set. 

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-01
the pool balls look on in horror at the incoming ‘attack’ 

 

 

 

for ‘poolmoji’, jean-baptiste le divelec — together with winigreenijoseph daviessonali ranjit, and xuan pham — painted each ball with a different facial expression, forming a cast of characters that seemingly interact with each other as they roll across the table. personalities like ‘crying with laughter’, ‘face with head-bandage’, ‘flushed face’ and ‘sunglasses’ have been rendered on the surface of the billiard balls, creating quirky identities for otherwise inanimate objects. in the project’s realization, le divelec created a series of photos and a humorous collection of gifs that animate each of the playful expressions. 

Poolmoji_Bystander-5768b863b9811__880
a collection of gifs animate the expressions 

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
the arrangement of the billiard balls forms humorous and quirky scenes 

ezgif-1234940717
the emoji-painted billiard balls take on playful personalities

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
the project began when the creative found a new pool table at work

static1.squarespace
‘poolmoji’ draws from popular culture and the ubiquity of emoticon figures and faces

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
the cast of characters seemingly interact with each other as they roll across the table

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
each ball has been painted with a different facial expression

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
quirky identities are created for otherwise inanimate objects

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
personalities like ‘crying with laughter’ and ‘flushed face’ are rendered on the surface of the billiard balls

poolmoji-jean-baptiste-le-divelec-designboom-02
painting work on the project begins with simple illustrations 

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

emoji art and design (16 articles)