☞ Instant messaging and other realms of cyberspace are giving new opportunities to a load of talented people.
☞ It is so popular that millions of people use a chubby figure with a tuft of grass on its head each day, making it one of the most popular emojis on China's instant messaging services.
◊ chubby 圆胖的
萌萌哒： cute/ adorable
呆萌：adorkable，即 adorable 和 dorky的合体
萌贱的： mean but comic
◊ emoji 表情符号
☞ A recent series of 16 emoticons Liu Jingjing has designed for the social instant messaging app WeChat, based on that chubby character with grass on its head, was unveiled on March 12 and was downloaded by 4 million users that day.
☞ Undoubtedly, the number is stunning, but that's what's happening in China - cartoonists are gaining instant fame by designing emoji.
◊ the social instant messaging app 即时通讯社交软件
◊ unveil 发布，公之于众
◊ stunning 极好的，惊人的
◊ gaining instant fame 获得即时的名誉，意译为“一夜成名”
☞ Chinese Internet users draw on emoticons mainly to express emotions that they can't express unaided. For instance, to express crying there is a white cat that can laugh even as it sheds tears, cries as it lies in a pool of tears, cries while clapping its hands and cries as it covers its face with its paws....
◊ draw on 利用
◊ unaided 未受协助的，独立的
☞ Most of the cartoonists who design emoji are not paid for their use, but many hope that the financial rewards will begin to flow after their works gain exposure and they can start selling them to individual users in other forms such as books and to companies that use their cartoon images for marketing.
☞ Those who are passionate about emoji range from professional artists to part-time designers to amateur doodlers, all riding a wave of popularity that has washed over China's social networks and instant messaging platforms for several years. It seems that designing emoji of cartoon images has become a must-do for some cartoonists who want to gain wide public recognition in China.
◊ gain exposure 获得曝光，这里意译为“推广”
◊ doodlers 涂鸦人
◊ ride a wave of popularity 赶潮流
◊ wash over 席卷
◊ public recognition 公众认识度
☞ Nowadays, most cartoonists were born in the Internet era, so they are very sensitive to new things online. They can creatively weave them into their emoticons.
☞ China never lacked good cartoonists, It just lacked ways to promote its brands. Emojis are giving it the chance to do that in an effective way. Weibo and WeChat give good exposure to cartoonists than do traditional publishing channels.