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  1. Hi Tyson, just wanted to stop by and say keep up the great work. Your art style and character designs are so incredibly unique. Although it’s not official I use the Libbie icon replacer for LibreOffice on all my Linux installs.

  2. Hey there! I was looking your art of Kiki and noticed that her color scheme is practically identical to that of the transgender flag. I couldn’t find any information about this correlation online. Is this intentional, or is it just a coincidence?

    1. It was a coincidence. As a cis native Chinese, I was unaware of all these western identity politics stuff when I designed Kiki. The only related thing I knew back then was the rainbow flag.

      Kiki’s “trans” color scheme has been explained on Krita’s website:
      White represents the color of paper, and also Krita’s empty canvas view
      Pink represents the passion of a budding artist
      Skyblue represents creative freedom
      Black represents Krita’s default UI color, and reflects Kiki’s robotic nature

      I like to use these colors together in general. I group them as the Afterglow colors.

      There was one version of Kiki that has no black, I suppose that’s where the trans flag representation came from. In actuality, it was an art experiment, I deliberately took out the black, and used only intense color in that picture. Also, in later versions I took out the blue, to make Kiki’s design look more focused in terms of mech.

      That’s said, the 2 biggest projects I involved the most so far – Krita itself and Freedom Planet 2, both led by trans women who came out years after I joined. Even if it was an afterthought, I’m supportive of people using Kiki to represent their cause.

  3. Hey tyson, long time no hear, where have you been so busy, waiting for your updates, I hope you are doing well

  4. Hello Tyson, i have taken a liking to you art and i would like to see more,and possibly implement into projects.
    you can email me if you want to know more!

  5. Hi I hope you are doing well. In these hard times of the pandemic I got a new hobby of painting digital artworks. I’m a new beginner in the world of digital painting and I’m very inspired by your artworks. Kiki is the cutest mascot I have ever seen. Waiting for your next post.
    Greetings from India… 🙂

  6. Je viens de télécharger Krita 5.0. Merci pour le travail fourni. Mais à ma grande surprise le logiciel met un temps fou (2mn environ) à s’ouvrir.
    Peut-on écourter ce temps. Merci de m’aider
    Antonlove

    1. Ce n’est pas le créateur du logiciel juste le designer de la mascotte! Tu devrai allez sur le site officiel de Krita!

  7. Hi Tyson! I love your art style. Do you have any tips for aspiring artists like me on drawing anthropomorphic characters?

    1. I think it’s always better to first study and practice traditional drawing to prepare a reliable art foundation, then proceed to specific styles. If you are generally good at art, you can draw whatever you want with competency.

      The fastest way, is to attend an art course. If that’s not possible, buy or borrow art related textbooks from your local libraries. There are many recommendation of good art textbooks online. Use them as a starting point.

      You have to practice a lot, but you also need to keep an eye out to observe the example and your own execution. Practicing with your brain turned off is useless. Drawing the same stuff all the time without really knowing what’s going on is also, useless. An art course is helpful because a good teacher will point that out for you. Art is always 30% skill, 70% observation. Not observation of the world around you, but to see what you are drawing and envisioning what you are going to draw at a stroke to stroke basis. It’s awkward at the beginning, but it will become a second nature eventually. This is arguably the most important of all when it comes to art.

      Lastly, be patient. If you are not a genius, you will have to practice art a long time (20 more years in my case, loosely 30 years, even) to see yourself becoming really capable.

  8. Hey!
    I use Krita daily, and seeing Kiki on the start-up screen always brings a smile to my face. I just wanted to say that your work is an inspiration to me and my friends and we love what you do! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like Kiki’s splash picture! Can’t wait when you see the new Kiki splash for Krita 5.0! Have fun with Krita! 😀

  9. Hi Mr Tan,

    I hope that you are well.

    I love your artwork for KDE: Konqi & friends are always my KDE wallpaper. Thank you for your contributions!

    So I wondered if you have heard about the KDE Plasma 25th anniversary wallpaper contest? You can find the competition rules here: https://community.kde.org/KDE_Visual_Design_Group/Plasma_25th_Anniversary_Edition_Wallpaper_Competition . I hope that you will find time to enter — and win! — the competition. The deadline is 23 August, so you still have more than one month.

    If you are too busy with other things, then just continue to enjoy your life!

  10. Hello Tyson Tan ,i’m just a simple DA user who love A LOT your robotics artworks concepts as a fan of Transformers and others ,and i hope as i’m writting this, i’m not bothering you here, it just to take some news if you’re alright so. 😉 We miss you on DA.

    -Adrien

  11. Hey there Tyson, I am working on a FOSS project called Sociomauto, I am hoping that you could create a mascot for this project. This is an opensource and free Marketing Automation software suite. Under the same name, I am working on multiple other projects, which are FOSS. SocioDB and Sociotime. Hopefully creating a useful suite of applications for Freelance Designer, Artists, and Developers; as well as small to medium or home business. And your art by the way, is amazing; I really hope you have the time to bring some character to this bland project.

    1. Hi Don, thank you for contacting me about designing a mascot for your project. I would like to see a working prototype and the source code properly hosted publicly under a legitimate free software license before I can evaluate whether to participate.

  12. Hello, Tyson! I just wanted to say huge thank you for making these beautiful artworks of Konqi for the KDE Community. He looks so adorable and the amount of work you put into this is immeasurable. And the Krita mascot looks as much as beautiful as your other artworks. Keep it up, you’re doing amazing! Wish you the best and stay safe out there!

  13. Hey! Just wanted to put a message here wishing you a happy birthday! I had drawn a picture of Kiki for you, that I posted on DA & Twitter, but given that they are banned in China just wanted to say happy birthday in a place you might see it! Was looking for an email so I might be able to send you the picture but I wasn’t able to find one, if there are any social media apps that aren’t banned in China that I can follow you on let me know I’ll try and jump on that. Anyway sorry for the long message hope you are doing well and all! Hope you have a great birthday 😀

    1. Thank you Patrick for the cute Kiki! I’ve received your picture on twitter, although days later because I was too busy with the messy life and was unable to circumvent the censorship system in my country.

  14. Hey hello here!, Just another admirer here, I really love the style you make with all your antrophmoric robotic animals your draw so much, that in fact i am also a robot enthusiast, specially when i just met the krita app from which you designed it’s mascot Kiki, i just totally felt in love with her looking when i used it for my first time that i considered her as my FLOSS Waifu!. Specially also after the broadcast you just made, drawing kiki yourself again, it was rlly a great help specially for beginners like me that still starts learning to draw with a Tablet. Like really it was so confusing for me to use it for the frist time specially when you posted that tutorial for the 2.9, like it rlly needed a bit more of explaning to be honest.

    Anyways, i wanted to ask that if there’s any tip or recomendation you could recommend me for how to draw robots and mechs i would absolutely apreciate that, i’m also really interested in making that kind of art specially after i just heard about a Gundam artist known as “Mika Akitaka” that invented a totally new Anime Genre known as “Mecha musume”(mecha girls) since the 80’s, i don”t know if you might have heard about him also. but actually you’re the second artist i admire just after him, you both have a so original talent to draw art from mechanical gears and parts.

    Once again is great honor to meet you!, and also i strongly encourage you to keep this fantastic work! Thank you! ;D

    *cuddles kiki* <3

    1. Hi Shingen. Sorry for the late reply. I was too busy with family business and missed your message. I might be able to record/stream again after I pull myself together, maybe 2021.

      I do not subscribe to the Mecha girls genre. I prefer to design robotic characters to solve problems, with the capability to live their lives comfortbly, not just some sexy dolls with weapons striking poses.

  15. Hello Tyson. I hope you are well and I am not bothering you
    I am the developer of the FLOSS office suite O20, and I was hoping you could design a mascot for the entire office suite and variants for all of the sub-apps (Word, Slideshow, and Notebook). I was thinking of a fish or sort of aquatic creature, but anything you decide would be good. 🙂 Each could be the app theme color (Office:#d83b01, Word:#2b579a, Slideshow:#b7472a, Notebook:#7719aa), and have the letter (O, W,P,N) on their chest. Since I have no other way to contact you, if you decide to take on the project, when you are ready you can open a bug report at https://gitlab.com/o20/o20coreapps.
    I really like your mascots and just can’t take my eyes off them. Having one for my own app will be really cool. 😉
    Thanks,
    Miles (the Abstract Developer)

  16. With the current COVID-19 outbreak in China and the rest of the world, I want to make sure you are safe where you are. Quarantine measures have escalated not only in China, but also in Europe and North America.

    1. Thank you, and thanks to the effective organization of our government and the effort of our people, we are safe in China, for now. Wherever you are, I hope you can stay healthy and safe as well.

  17. Who are your favorite artists? Any specific ones that were the inspiration for your artstyle?

    1. I have to name the old cartoon/manga artists, like Walt Disney and Tezuka Osamu. I have always been working to draw characters full of life, to tell engaging stories, after their great examples.

  18. Hello Tyson Tan. Please Can I Have A Photo Of You? I Am A Big Fan Of Your Animation But I Like To See The Real Person Behind The Character . I Would Not Share The Picture With Everybody It Is Just For My Scrapbook Where I Collect Pictures Of My Favourite Characters And The Creators And Voices Actors.

  19. Hey Tyson, Who is your cybernetic avatar? Cloud or the mouse character? I am curious!

    1. Do you mind if I create a fanmade Electric Heart character/vehicle and post it to deviantart for u to see? I hope they could be part of the android world and if you allowed, be part of your comic? Maybe as a background character?
      This is gonna sound geeky, but i wouldn’t mind being an animal android myself. Just saying!

    2. Hello Tyson Tan, why are the androids animal based? What happened to human androids or any other robotic beings? Are there cyborgs?

    3. Hello Tyson Tan. There is a question about I’ve been thinking about your androids . Even though they’re artificial, do they have the ability to consume organic food?

    1. Hey! I am the first commentor! You
      may have seen me as a commentor from deviantart, KalLance9349. Really Big fan of your work! Hope you might reply!!

    2. Hey you replied! I really love your works, especially Cloud White and Kiki. Thanks to you, Cloud White is my new anthro idol! To be honest, your art is what i have been looking for a very long time! You basically combined the two things i adored, talking animals (or non-humans) and organic looking robots! They look so lifelike. Man, i wish i could meet them in person! Btw, i tried to get your attention from deviantart, but you didn’t reply (its an older but similar thing to what i wrote here) Anyways, keep up the good work!

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