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About Varied / Professional Senior Member Wenqing YanFemale/United States Groups :iconknite-fliers: Knite-Fliers
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Wenqing Yan
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United States
The art and ramblings of a disillusioned idealist.

I'm a digital artist, graphic novelist, and UC Berkeley grad with a focus on environmentalism and cyber activism.
I've illustrated and authored numerous graphic novels and plushed a few books. I'm currently working on the Axent Wear cat ear headphones that I designed.

When I'm not drawing away or dealing with the unpleasant business side of running a headphones company, I enjoy sculpting, hiking, and experimenting with aquaponics.

After forever, my online shop is finally ready! :D Come check it out at :star: :star:

All prints are $15 for a single print, or $25 for 2, or $10 each for orders of 3 or more prints :D and we do international shipping~

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In Your Memeory by yuumei
In Your Memeory

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Tribute to my best friend. You were always there for me, through sunshine and rain. When my dysfunctional family was crumbling down, when I was bullied in school, when the entire world seemed so bleak, you wagged your tail and smiled at me. And suddenly everything was going to be okay. 

We dug giant holes in the backyard, filled it with water, jumped in and covered ourselves in mud. The best days were when we got to go to your favorite lake. You really loved to roll in duck poop and dead fish. I held you in my lap even when you smelled like rotten fish. I had to shampoo you twice and it was all so much fun. 

With each divorce and remarriage, we had to move and give you away when the new place didn't allow dogs. But somehow you always made it back to me. When emotional trauma gave me amnesia for one year, I couldn't remember the people in my life but I remember you. If my mom had gone through with the suicide, I would have been okay because I had you. 

I grew up and you grew old. Now I'm old enough to be okay on my own, and it was thanks to you. I'll always miss you. Thank you for the 17 years of unconditional love. 

Better Tomorrow by yuumeiFeel and Conquer by yuumeiRe-Imagine by yuumeiThe Sky Beneath My Feet by yuumeiBoundless by yuumei
Moon Catcher by yuumei
Moon Catcher
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I've been super busy working with the new team and preparing all the models for making Knite and Fisheye Placebo. I haven't had time to draw at all these days. Here's an old commission I did last year for a client. I'll have new art to post hopefully soooooon!

Knite Remastered: New Ling Design by yuumei
Knite Remastered: New Ling Design

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New designs of Ling for the reboot version of Knite :D

The new story line will be much darker with more mature characters. I also redesigned her kite to be less childish to reflect the new themes :)

The 3D models of Sen and Kai are almost done and I’ll be posting them in the near future with the new environment designs as well!

Knite: Chapter 1 by yuumei
Stolen Wings by yuumei
Stolen Wings

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With Stolen Wings

I revisited the concept of my older painting titled "Selfish" that was made 10 years ago. It was one of the most important early works that shaped my path as an artist who wanted to explore art as a medium to communicate meaning instead of just looking pretty. 

The concept of angels have always made me think about arrogance and selfishness of man. It reflects how we as humans forcefully take what is great from nature for ourselves at the detriment of the animals and environment. 

Looking back to 10 years ago, so much has changed with the world, with me, and yet so much has stayed the same. Climate change is more widely accepted now, yet still commonly denied. Factory farming, over fishing, poaching, everything. Some species have already gone extinct, some are making a comeback. As a whole, the science predicts we're still heading down a path of environmental destruction. Nevertheless, I hope that in another 10 years when I revisit this concept again, things will be different. Things will be better.

Better Tomorrow by yuumeiFeel and Conquer by yuumeiWhat It Takes To Fly by yuumeiGuilty by yuumeiCountdown by yuumei
Fisheye Placebo full environment test by yuumei
Fisheye Placebo full environment test

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Update on the progress of my 3D artist team and Fisheye Placebo!

This is a first test of a fully 3D paintover in which both the background and the character is originally rendered in 3D and then painted over by me. We're still in the pre-production testing stages, fine tuning the work process, and building a more characters and backgrounds. I'm very excited about how much faster I can produce comics from now on! :D

Special thanks to SOZOMAIKA for making the 3D model of Frey, and Alex Godfrey​ for rigging, posing, and rendering the scene. I have more members of the team working on new backgrounds and other assests. I'm super excited to introduce them and their work in the future! Stay tuned for lots of updates as we get more streamlined in the workflow and ramp up production! :D

You can see a comparison of the original 3D render posted here…

Better Tomorrow by yuumeiFeel and Conquer by yuumeiWhat It Takes To Fly by yuumeiThe Sky Beneath My Feet by yuumeiBoundless by yuumei

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
yuumei has been a member of our community for over 10 years, and certainly made her mark throughout the digital art community during this time. Beautifully detailed and carefully matched color palettes make up her distinctive gallery of inspiring artwork. Yuumei's helpful tutorials and comments of encouragement to other artists have helped many artists grow, and therefore we can't think of a better way to recognize such a wonderful deviant than by bestowing the Deviousness Award for October 2013 to yuumei!
-awarded October 2013


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DrCreep69 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful art you have here, keep going !
victinigirl36 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hi, I was wondering which art program you use more, photoshop or paint tool sai?.

the reason why is because I just got the second one.
Platyadmirer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
This gallery is awesome! I'm silently fangirling over here ^^
But I am curious, do you make covers for graphic novels or do you make graphic novels or both?
Do you livestream by any chance or have a patreon? I'd love to see a livestream by you ^^
D4v3Y-J0n3S Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
Thanks you for making my life. Really love your work
C-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
In deep admiration. You are awesome. This all is amazing. Salutations, Salutations, Salutations
JeanYone Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
You are my inspiration!! Love your arts :D (Big Grin) 
WoBuShi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your arts are amazing :D
CandleNekra Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  New Deviant
Your art is so beautiful!!! This is why I come on to DA everyday~ There's just so many great imaginations it makes me cry with tears of satisfaction and joy!!
ChibiSiren Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
After seeing your "stolen wings" artwork I looked further into your gallery.  I love your artworks that have a deeper meaning.  They are eye opening to a bigger problem(s) in the world.  I've always loved the concept of wings in general, the same with dragons, but never realized what consequences may come from making something special by adding wings.  I'm not sure if this will deter me from adding them into my artwork, but does give thought for alternatives of dream cosplays.
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