Tyson Tan

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Tyson Tan
Born (1984-08-29) 29 August 1984 (age 35)
Other names钛山
OccupationConcept artist, Character designer
Years active2012–present
Notable work
Konqi (mascot of KDE)
Kiki (mascot of Krita)
Freedom Planet 2 (Concept artist, character designer)
Tyson Tan
Traditional Chinese譚代山
Simplified Chinese谭代山

Tyson Tan is a Chinese concept artist and character designer. He is noted for re-designing KDE's mascot Konqi, as well as designing a few other mascots for free and open source software projects.


Tyson speaks three languages: Chinese, English, and Japanese.[2]

Art style[edit]

Kiki the Cyber Squirrel, design sheet by Tyson Tan, showing his unique organic mech style.

In general, Tyson has an art style that draws inspirations from both anime and western cartoons. He draws mostly anthropomorphic animal characters.[3] He is also known for his ability of designing robotic characters with organic shapes while keeping a level of convincing mechanical details.[4]


FLOSS Mascots[edit]

KDE mascot Konqi by Tyson Tan

Tyson designed Kiki the Cyber Squirrel as the mascot for Digital painting software Krita in 2012, and has been Krita's startup artwork artist since.[5] In 2013, his re-design concept of KDE's mascot Konqi was chosen from a contest and has been used since KDE version 5.x.[6] He also designed Kate the woodpecker as the mascot for advanced text editor Kate in 2014.[7] Tyson submitted a mascot for LibreOffice during a contest run by The Document Foundation in late 2017 however his entry was unsuccessful.[8][9]

Video games[edit]

Tyson drew several pieces of fan-art for the indie platform game Freedom Planet after its release. His fan-art was later adopted by the game's developer and publisher, GalaxyTrail, for promotional purposes.[10] He later became the concept artist and character designer of the game's sequel, Freedom Planet 2.[11]


Tyson's works have been included in the following books:

  • IMAGINE: the art of Imaginary Friends Studios (Artwork used)[12]
  • Furries Furever: Draw and Color Anthro Characters in a Variety of Styles (Artist and writer of Chapter 6)[13][14]
  • Digital Painting with Krita 2.9: Learn All of the Tools to Create Your Next Masterpiece (Cover artist)[15]
  • Dessin et peinture numérique avec Krita (Artwork used)[16][17]
  • Made with Krita 2016 (Artwork used)[18]

Working with free culture[edit]

Tyson is observed to have been using only free and open source software to work since 2012.[19] He has been supporting several FOSS projects in various ways. He has a permissive attitude for others to use his works, and licenses most of his artworks under free licenses like Creative Commons.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "关于本站 » 黑兔工场". archive.is. 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  2. ^ "Tyson Tan (@TysonTanX) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  3. ^ "Tyson Tan's Deviantart Gallery". deviantART. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  4. ^ Tyson Tan (2016-07-08). "#オリロボ ケモロボ専門です。". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  5. ^ Krita Foundation. "Krita's mascot Kiki". krita.org. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ Zhai, Aracele Torres, Camila Ayres, Molly White (original wikimedia-timeline creator),Spanish translation by Victorhck and Eloy Cuadra, Chinese translation by Leslie. "A 20 years timeline of KDE events". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  7. ^ "Kate's mascot woodpecker". Kate Editor. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  8. ^ "LibreOffice contest entry". Twitter. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  9. ^ "LibreOffice Mascot: Iterating the submissions". The Document Foundation Blog. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  10. ^ BurntToShreds (2015-08-07). "@galaxytrail keeping it real with Freedom Planet. Excellent art for the booth! #RTX #RTX2015". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  11. ^ "Freedom Planet 2 - Now in Development!". freedomplanet2.com. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  12. ^ "IMAGINE: THE ART OF IMAGINARY FRIENDS STUDIOS". Greg Johnson Books. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  13. ^ Hodges, Jared; Cibos, Lindsay (2014-07-16). Furries Furever: Draw and Color Anthro Characters in a Variety of Styles. IMPACT. ISBN 9781440334474.
  14. ^ "Furries Furever: How to Draw Furries | NorthLight". NorthLight. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  15. ^ Petrovic, Scott L. (2015-10-28). Digital Painting with Krita 2.9: Learn All of the Tools to Create Your Next Masterpiece. Louvus Media. ISBN 9780996851701.
  16. ^ "Dessin et peinture numérique avec Krita". Google Docs. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  17. ^ GIET, Timothée (2016-03-10). Dessin et peinture numérique avec Krita. Editions D-BookeR. ISBN 9782822703802.
  18. ^ Foundation, Krita. "Made with Krita 2016 — the Krita Artbook | Krita". krita.org. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  19. ^ Tyson Tan (2017-06-16). "Welcome to Linux bois! Do I look like I'm scared by a little meltdown by system update?!...LET'S GOOOO". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  20. ^ "Cloud White v4". DeviantArt. Retrieved 2017-07-19.