The existance of Tan Yi Da is an enigmatic study to the most clinical of childhood analyses - what could have driven a left-handed INFP, who picked up drawing at the age of two and poetry at the age of four, to defy all sensible extrapolations of nature and gone off to major in a completely non-arts related discipline like Chemical and Molecular Engineering? He can't remember either, but does recall, with teary-eyed fondness, that he once began on the doomed path to science, as an idealist, with the noble intentions of becoming a Marine Biologist.
When Yi Da isn't busy trying to balance his life, work and bizarre self-concocted spiritual philosophy, he is largely preoccupied with artistic and literary endeavors that release brainchildren from his mind - a homeostatic mechanism that prevents his paracosm from reaching critical mass and exploding from the barren wasteland that is life. He occasionally freelances in graphic design, stoking a flame that is prophesied to one day light the butt of the proverbial moth up like the fireworks of August. He likes pokemon, and was a frequent astral traveler until he took some confidence to the knee.
For any questions, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, which is a neat anagram of his name as he so repeatedly insists.
To hunt him down on facebook, you can find him at www.facebook.com/tanyid
Favourite Visual Artist
Lots of big names from Magic the Gathering.
Fight Club, Mewtwo Strikes Back (how tho? you cant Strike Back if it was your debut), Rogue One, The Incredibles, The Lord of the Rings.
Favourite TV Shows
dA needs to change this; lots of artists don't actually need TV. But if i must choose... i'd say wildlife documentaries.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Major chords. They act as a catalyst for the creation of dynamic action scenes.
Biology by Campbell and Reece; Garth Nix's Sabriel series; The Feeling Buddha; now encompassing digital art magazines as well.
All writers are their own favorite writers.
Kingdom Hearts series, Pokemon series, Starcraft, Dragonage Origins, MTG, and the Digimon tamagotchi.
Favourite Gaming Platform
The PS2 changed everything. We'll never see again the likes of another legend like that unfold. That said, i also love my 3DS.
Tools of the Trade
Zbrush, Maya, Photoshop, Substance Painter, Marvelous Designer. And Google Docs. My hero.
Armors and mechs, biology, spirituality, runes, gods, dreams, poetry, world-building, character conception.