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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.

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