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Konqi ver.2 by TysonTan Konqi ver.2 by TysonTan

Konqi the little dragon is the mascot of KDE, a free and open source software community since 1996. It hosts projects from software frameworks, desktop environment to various applications. My primary digital painting tool, Krita, is one of their work.

This is my re-design based on Stefan Spatz’s former one. If you are interested, also see my initial design vision when I won the re-design contest.

Now the design has been refined, giving Konqi a cuter face, less sharp-looking antlers, longer, meaty limbs to do various poses and a more elastically looking tail. The color palette received small tweaks to make the outlines look lighter. I’m going to need a long time to create all his friends though!

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I hope you like my new design! :)

This collection of pictures is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA /GNU GPL / LGPL /GFDL. I hereby donate them along with the design concept to KDE, so there won’t be any copyright issues that might hold them back. (Just in case!)


Special thanks to Stefan Spatz, the original designer. I deliberately based my new design on his former one, showing the continuity of spirit.

Also, special thanks to Jos Poortvliet who requested me for stock pictures, leading to the creation of these pictures.

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:iconwhitelilydragon:
WhiteLilyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm curious, Tyson, is there a canon height for Konqi and friends? (Any measurement system is okay!) I'm currently drawing Konqi for a fan art project, and I want to be sure he's not disproportionately smaller than Kiki again.

Zoomed in screenshot of the sketch: orig13.deviantart.net/d067/f/2…

Love drawing your characters, they're all so adorable and precious!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Kiki has many variations with different body proportions. In any case, Konqi and Kiki share the same head size.
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:iconwhitelilydragon:
WhiteLilyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like I made him too small again, in that case. :XD:

I can sketch a little reference sheet for myself knowing that, thanks TysonTan! This helps me with Kiki too.
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ovidiub13 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
The Konqi group is missing from the archive. community.kde.org/File:Mascot_…
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claycorn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
i love your kde mascot :3  please keep drawing happy chibi work 
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Fofinho Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
do you use a linux with a kde plasma5 desktop with krita ?
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No, I'm using Ubuntu Gnome 16.04, 99% of the time. Haven't yet tried KDE5, mostly because KDE4 didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. I also have Windows 10 to cross-test Krita bugs.
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AyaSkull21 Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Oh you where the one who drew the new style for the KDE Mascot? Awesome! Love your work!
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thiagoserra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
great work! waiting for more..... :-)
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:icondelsadj:
DelsaDj Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you're a genius!!!
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unascribed Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Was always wondering who drew the mascot in the About dialogs, now I know :D
Absolutely awesome :)

EDIT: Oh, and you've worked on Freedom Planet and the main Krita art! I thought I recognized your style!
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DroLogik Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I'd be cool if you could do this for android phones too. Really great job on the artwork!!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I think Google's bin android is really well done, though. They don't really need my input.
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Anayo-s Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
I adore this character!
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:icontysontan:
TysonTan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Grayphus Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015
I like!!!
I support Linux!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, fellow GNU/Linux artist!
*BROFIST*
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Zoltan86 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
This is really cute.
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:icontysontan:
TysonTan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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gunmaker002 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats freaking epic dude, btw i want to say that its bombTASTIC that you put your how you draw and the tool you draw with .. cause i was stalking a particular picture of yours jsut so i could find you :).. which i did today , aftera year of searching dude posted your other name o` affinity.

p.s. do you have a commision sheet // do commisions?
p.s.s. have you considered adding the technologies used in "lubuntu" to kde?

and , once again. thats freaking epic dude! can u pm me what art books you studied out of.. i want to be your prede-sessor :)
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
My FA page was updated a year ago with new links to my current places.
 I'm not doing commission at the moment.
I'm not a programmer or even a KDE insider. These pictures were requested by KDE's new editor. If you want to request a feature, the best way is to file a wishlist bug report or post on their forum and IRC.
I haven't been reading many books on painting intensively, but I'm planning to do that later.
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Black-Nocturne Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's so cute! ^^ Unfortunately I don't understand how to use Krita, 'cause it has a lot of different brushes that produce strange special effects and every brush has many settings that can be changed to change the effects. I just don't know what to do with all of this.
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I have been suggesting the team to keep it simple, but I think some more professional users need more. Maybe re-grouping the basic brushes to the top of the brush preset list helps.
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Deevad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Katie is really cute ; I really like all the poses ; good work and it really improve a lot the visual communication of the KDE community  , making it cool and fresh. Congratz!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, David! I tried hard to make them look good. Katie is one of my favorite in this group, I'm happy to know you like her! :)
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supermanwich23 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
when I saw that the horns were letter K's, it blew my mind. amazing design.
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, the K antler is what I am proud of! :)
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supermanwich23 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
XD excellent
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OfficialFupu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What is this....pokemon?
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:icontysontan:
TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, they surely have similar DNA.
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:iconwykwork:
wykwork Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
棒极了!钛山又出新作品了!好象是……吉祥物?
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
谢谢!这些都是KDE的吉祥物。
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IsaiahParker Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute!
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:icontysontan:
TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Ebiru-Zeru Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
this version is much better and so much more refined, the changes are fantastic!
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:icontysontan:
TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Adry53 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Daww!! Cute!! these are interface icons?

No doubt you win this ;)
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Those are not icons, they are pictures for related news articles or something. I hope someday I can convert them into usable icons, though.
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Adry53 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Looking forward for that :D
If you make your icons into android theme ,100% sure i'll download it :la:
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IDragonWishI Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
I love the butterfly, business, science, and cog ones. So adorable. >.<
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Oskana Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally got around downloading Krita after getting a tablet today, I never used one before and I'm honestly please with this profram it's amazing how easy to use is!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear that, good luck on painting with Krita!
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tualch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
these are really cool!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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fightingleaf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... can he be a plush toy now?
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, when the initial design tysontan.deviantart.com/art/Konqui-Katie-and-Friends-355790081 was out, a latin KDE community did make a nit plush. Not mass production though, and I couldn't find the post.
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fightingleaf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwww....
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ghost-nerdy Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2014  Professional
Can't help but smile seeing these guys
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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