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Leica Blizzard Ver.4 by TysonTan
Leica Blizzard Ver.4

Leica Blizzard Ver.4
An Electric Hearts Character

Design Concept:

  • Category: Space-oriented android
  • Model species: Reindeer + Gazelle
  • Elements: Snowflake, Wind, Stream, Traditional Chinese clothing.


  • Horns / Ears: Antennas
  • Hair: Battery expansion modules / Heatsink
  • Skin: Stellar light power generating fabric (black)
  • Sleeves: Compressed air tank for thrusters
  • Long sleeves: Air tank expansion modules
  • Rings on the sleeves of combat mode: Force ring (will explain later)

In old versions she had different names as I develop her character: Enka Phoenix / Yanhua Phoenix / Aeon Xing and more. Her former color schemes are red-white-black. It has been a long way and she is now a totally different character.

Cloud White v4 by TysonTan
Cloud White v4
Cloud White Character Design Ver.4
From my original project Electric Hearts (formerly called Xing/SYNC).
A Cloud / Rabbit / Anthro themed android.

Cloud was originally designed as a fox android, but as the main character is going to be an Alice, I decided to make him a rabbit.

This is Cloud’s normal form which he has his arms detached from his
main body, much like Rayman. Except Cloud’s arms can fly far away and
act as child machines rather than a pair of hands that invisibly
attached to the main body.

Cloud is a shape-shifter, such concept had been explored once in one of my old version 2 design sheet. I will give Cloud a complete set of other modes in version 4.

Think Candies by TysonTan
Think Candies

The Design Concept Behind Tyson Tan’s Cyber Creatures

This small tutorial is written as online supplement to Lindsay
Cibos’s how-to-art book: Furry Furever. In the book I wrote the
character design section, covering both conventional furry character and
cyber-anthro characters. I hope my part in the book becomes helpful!
Big thanks to Lindsay for inviting me to the project!

Krita Free Painting App Tutorial by TysonTan
Krita Free Painting App Tutorial

2014-07-25: Source file has been made available. Please feel free to translate this tutorial into your native language!
2014-07-23: Shortcut chapter update, Typography improvement.

As requested, I'm sharing my Krita experience here as a
comprehensive, 24 pages tutorial. This tutorial shows how I created a
new picture of Kiki (the mascot) for Krita 2.9 startup splash, covering
many Krita related know-how such as:

  • Brushes of choice
  • Customizations
  • Layers
  • Ruler assisted drawing
  • Transformation
  • Mask
  • My 2 drawing strategies
  • and more!

I hope this tutorial helps. Good luck and happy drawing with Krita!

High resolution versions:


Blooming by TysonTan
This is the new startup splash picture I did for the free painting app Krita 2.9, featuring the mascot Kiki the Cyber Squirrel. There are other 2 versions of this picture with Kiki's full body design:
Krita 2.9 splash full
Krita 2.9 splash cut out

Krita Painting App on Steam!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 7:10 AM

Krita is the only digital painting tool I'm using. It is a free (as in freedom), open source software. It offers a sophisticated brush system, packs in almost everything that a digital painter needs and is very easy to use.


Krita is now available for Windows and GNU/Linux on PC, and the develop team is trying to get Greenlight on Steam as well. Please help them (and thus helps everyone): visit Krita on Steam


Krita's page has detailed introduction of what it is capable of. I would like to cover a few things that I really like about Krita here as well:


  • Krita's brush system is fast and smooth. It is optimized for graphics tablets with pressure support.
  • Ruler tool assistance when drawing long curves (something comparable to SAI).
  • It doesn't draw jigsaws when zoomed out (my nightmare when using Adobe Photoshop).


Krita has a friendly, highly customizable user interface. The basic operations when using a brush tool are:

  • Shift + drag = Change brush size
  • Ctrl = temporary color picker
  • Middle button + hover movement = Move canvas
  • Ctrl + Middle button + hover movement up / down = Zoom canvas
  • Shift + Middle button + hover movement around = Rotate canvas

Simply right click and you can access:

  • Color wheel
  • Recently used colors
  • Favorite tool presents


  • Supports layer with many mixing method.
  • Supports layer group.
  • Supports layer mask.


High quality resize with Lanczos3 filter. It doesn't produce inferior shrinking result like Adobe Photoshop does sometimes.

GPU Acceleration:

  • GPU accelerated fast & high quality canvas rotation and zooming.
  • Realtime mirrored view mode.
  • Color management support.


Krita is free (libre) and open source software. Its source codes are publicly available. You can study, modify, and distribute Krita without restriction. You can learn more about Free Software Movement.


And yes, I designed Krita's mascot, Kiki the Cyber Squirrel. I've also designed Krita's box art, banner art and projet avatar on Steam. Krita's next major release, Krita 2.8, scheduled on late February, will have my picture as its startup splash as well! I'm very happy to see my work becomes useful to the project!

Some pictures I did for Krita are also on DA:
Kiki's Creative Flow by TysonTan Kiki the Cyber Squirrel by TysonTan Peace!! by TysonTan The Krita Mascot by TysonTan


:icondeevad: David has made many tutorials and resources for Krita, available on his website. If you are new to Krita, make sure to visit his place for some useful tips and brushes! Visit David's website

  • Reading: Textbooks


Tyson Tan
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
People's Republic of China
The guy who have been drawing cute cyber creatures since 2000.
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Simica Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
i just absolutely adore your work!
SkeyeStorm Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Lyriore Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Man, i love your style, especially the robots.
FeralFlamespirit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hi I see you use krita , just a fast question when it will be released the krita 2.9?
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Probably this December according to the release plan.
FeralFlamespirit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh!! that's perfect I can't wait, thank you so much :hug:
FalseProphetX Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Is Krita going to be released for Mac as well?
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, probably in Krita 2.9 this december.
FalseProphetX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Can't wait to try it.
AyaSkull21 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Good job! Glad to see more and more people into free and open source Digital illustration!
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
shadydragon1011 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your candies armour tutorial!!! Could you also do a general character drawing tutorial or time-lapse thing? That'd be amazing!!!
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I won't be doing a general character tutorial though. Too many like like out there already. I will make more android tutorial, because that's my strong point.
shadydragon1011 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay ^w^
DracoDavid Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
well. picked up a certain furry book today. skimmed it since didnt fully have time to read wile out. say some of your art. isntant fall in love. guess who is going to now stalk you~ (by that i mean watch) XD
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
DracoDavid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
=3 also your basics on character design have come in handy. ive gotten a little more in depth with characters ive made these days.
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to know it helps. You may want to learn more from other artist, too. Amazon sells a few books on character design, they all have more complete theories. Good luck!
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AffinityPony Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
I love your artwork! Color, value, shape, structure - it's all so well done! ^^
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
DuanCongLin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
中秋快乐! :D
Unexus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This must be...The most AWESOME place...I have ever stumbled upon ...EPIC!!! *hugs*
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
Unexus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome~~
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