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Journey to the West by TysonTan
Journey to the West
Journey to the West… , gender-swapped version. ;b
For those who don't know, Journey to the West was a 16th century Chinese classic novel about a monk and his 4 (anthro) apprentices travelling to India to learn from the original Buddhism texts.

From left to right:
* Sun Wukong the monkey king (I guess you probably know this one).
* Zhu Bajie the pig, a former heavenly marshal.
* Bailong the dragon prince disguised as a horse.
* Xuanzang the Buddhist monk (historically existed, a famous figure).
* Sha Wujing (no associated animal but I used shark here), a former heavenly general.

They were originally dudes, here I had fun drawing them as girls. XD
Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni by TysonTan
Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni
Inspired by the 2008 Beijing Olympic mascots. Wiki:

This picture has been revised over the years.
Version 1 (2007) >> Version 2 (2010-2011) >> Version 3 (2015 current)
Old versions:…

Characters (from left to right):
Beibei: The blue one, a fish
Jingjing: The black one , a panda
Huanhuan: The red one, the Olympic Flame
Yingying: The yellow one, a Tibetan antelope
Nini: The green one, a swallow

When you put their names together, it reads "Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni" -- which means "Welcome to Beijing".

Who do you like best?

Other pictures from this series
2010 Winter Olympics Mascots by TysonTan Goleo VII by TysonTan Zakumi by TysonTan Blazing the Trail by TysonTan Goats of the 16th Asian Games by TysonTan My Olympic Mascot 2 by TysonTan

My other places:
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Milla Basset by TysonTan
Milla Basset
This is the 3rd concept art collection I have been working with
Stephen DiDuro SpacemanStrife . I unfairly prepared more costumes and
expressions for Milla than the other girls, beacause – “Murder cubes, son!”

Other girls:
Sash Lilac by TysonTan Carol Tea by TysonTan

Original character design by Ziyo Ling ZiyoLing.
Concept art and additional design by Tyson Tan (me, twitter).
Freedom Planet © GalaxyTrail.
Carol Tea by TysonTan
Carol Tea
I’m working with :iconspacemanstrife: Stephen (the dev) to bring some supplementary concept design for Freedom Planet.
The second set is Carol! I might draw her motorbike another day.

Other girls:
Sash Lilac by TysonTan Milla Basset by TysonTan

Carol's original character designer is ZiYo Ling :iconziyoling: .
Freedom Planet (c) GalaxyTrail, LLC.
Sash Lilac by TysonTan
Sash Lilac
I’m working with Stephen (the dev) to bring some supplementary concept design for Freedom Planet.
First set: Lilac! All done for LOVE! \YAY//

Other girls:
Carol Tea by TysonTan Milla Basset by TysonTan

Sash Lilac from Freedom Planet belongs to GalaxyTrail, LLC.
Lilac's original character designer is ZiYo Ling :iconziyoling: !

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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Project-Occasus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
I drew Carol from Freedom Planet using your redesign. I assume you wouldn't mind as long as I gave you some due creds in the description:…
teamlpsandacnl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hey can you join my watchers but first time for my life i had more points but you
shold donate me 40 points for my senior icon membership ok?
Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you have all your comics in storage, I really wish you continued making SYNC comics; I was really psyched when you started way back when. Anyway, take care Extvia!
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The old comics was a test. It exposed my lack of knowledge on EVERYTHING and I halted the project to study. Now the preparation is almost finished, it will be a real thing soon, much better than what I could have done years ago.

And please call me Tyson Tan!
Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I gotcha and that's super exciting that your bring SYNC back, can't wait to see what you've been cooking up in the back room. Still, I think it would be awesome to see that one page of Mu riding that behemoth of a cargo ship down that dirt road; God I can only image the roar of that monstrous engine coming around the bend... it'd make me jump off the road!! :lmao: 

No problem but, I still like your old name. :nod:
black-kross Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Hi my name is Noah and I'm writing a story, I would like to use some of your characters and I was hoping I could have your permission. If you don't want to that is fine. I won't use them without your permission.
xenomega101 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  New Deviant
MinxThePirateFoxART Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
You inspire me ;w;

invokerwithmeatball Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i wish i can be as good as you.
Wolftheturtle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Your art has really inspired me! You are so amazing!
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
Wolftheturtle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Of course!!!!!
Icegaze08 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your art is so good! I was wondering if you'd like to help out with the art for my MLP Audio drama
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! You may use my existing MLP work. Although I'm not planning to draw many MLP fanarts in the future.
Nyarlathotep-risen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanting to say that I love your art and what you have done for and with Krita. I'm an Ubuntu user, have been using Krita as my program of choice for several months now and have started to promote it as an excellent digital art tool for everyone. I am always pleased to see Kiki pop up on my screen and believe that the work you do on tutorials and art is truly amazing and shows the power of open source for creative freedom. 

Thank you for everything that you do.
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Thank you for your warm words too! Glad you like Kiki! :D
ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I found you via Freedom Planet pictures! Just wanted to say they are amazing artworks! The game quickly became one of my favorites and I look forward to seeing more art from you, whether it's Freedom Planet based or not. ^^ 

Although, I am curious . . . you have any plans on drawing Commander Torque? Or any more character/cloths designs? 
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I have a set of Torque pictures in progress, but I'm busy at the moment so they have to be postponed.
ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! The fact that there's some in progress is enough for me and makes me very excited! I will wait patiently and eagerly for the day they finally get posted up. ^^
silentline26 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice gallery.
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
LowTierHeroine Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Your style is wonderful and fills me with ideas of how to do my own work more efficiently! Thanks so much for sharing your work and process with us!
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome and thank you! :D
WidowTheVaporeon Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Your art is...

oh my gosh I can't explain

it should be in a movie, for sure, definitely.
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I will try to make it happen or at least tell the story.
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