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Wenqing Yan
Artist | Professional | Varied
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.

I finally got a Patreon after all these years! I was actually pretty scared that I might disappoint people if my hand pain flared up too often and prevented me from drawing, which is why I waited so many years until after I’ve recovered more.

Now that I’m healthier, I’m really excited to be on Patreon :D I’ll be sharing a lot of exclusive behind the scene stuff on there, from wip to secret projects and storyboard of my comics. Other rewards include HD files of my paintings and comic panels (without text for max art enjoyment), as well as full painting process videos and even 3D models that you can play with :)

Please help support the continuation of my art and comics at

Thank you!


Happy Families are all Alike

Edit: apparently many people don't get the quote from the book. It's not about happy families being bad (who even thinks that?) it's about how hard it is to be a happy family because everyone in the family must be good to be a happy family, but unhappy families are easy because it only takes one bad family member to become unhappy (like an alcoholic dad or a narcissistic mom, etc). This is actually a general concept applied to many aspects of life and society.

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Been doing a lot of Photoshop practices lately but it's always nice to paint in SAI again. I really enjoy switching between styles :)

The quote on the shirt says "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." It's from the book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

HD Image files and process videos of this my painting on

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Drowning Me by yuumei I by yuumei Breathe by yuumei Black Stars by yuumei Out of My Mind by yuumei
Bread Bros Adventures - Part 1

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My SO and I were playing around with some stuffed animals and accidentallied a whole comic universe. The Bread Bros Adventures! With Professor Corgs and Doctor Shibs of Cornbread University. They were just ordinary doggos when they ate a radioactive weed cookie and got baked…into bread. Thus began their adventures as superheros… of science!

What could have caused all those holes? Find out in the next Bread Bros Adventures! (Future chapters will be updated on )

Special thanks to thousandskies who designed the Super Fluffy Corgi and Shiba plushies that inspired this comic joke.

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Lead me to Night by yuumei In This Moment by yuumei Petals Fall by yuumei My Inner Sanctuary by yuumei Mr.SuicideSheep Commission by yuumei
Mr.SuicideSheep Commission

I don't normally do commissions but MrSuicideSheep on Youtube wanted something to celebrate their 10 mil subscriber, and since I always listen to their channel when I draw, it was only fitting. They wanted something with the themes of music, sky, and reflections :)

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Lead me to Night by yuumei In This Moment by yuumei Storm Inside by yuumei Petals Fall by yuumei My Inner Sanctuary by yuumei

Brush Tests 3

Another Photoshop brush test I did a few days back. Some people asked me why I'm switching from SAI, I'm not switching but I want to expand my skillset and styles and being more comfortable with Photoshop is a great way to learn :) we should always challenge ourselves to new things.

In other news, my wonderful SO's family is visiting so I will be a bit mia due to that. I'll do my best to keep up with inktober though!

HD files and video process on 
Credit for photo reference goes to the amazing SachaKalis

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Drowning Me by yuumei I by yuumei Breathe by yuumei Black Stars by yuumei Out of My Mind by yuumei

Brush Test In Photoshop

Been experimenting more in Photoshop with different brushes. I'm still more used to SAI but I think I'm slowly making improvements. So far it's just been simple portraits so that I can get the hang of how the brushes work, but in the future I hope to do more varied work involving cities and different landscapes :)
HD file of this will be part of October rewards on

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Drowning Me by yuumei I by yuumei Breathe by yuumei Black Stars by yuumei Out of My Mind by yuumei
So a few people pointed out that the giant fish looks like a giant there, you’re welcome, internet. 

Lol Corn by yuumeiGolden Post 2 by yuumei
Fisheye Placebo: Ch1- Part 8

Why can't we all just be like Bob Ross? And what will Jen do next? Find out in the next part!

In other news, with the help of the 3D team, I can finish drawing a new strip in about 10-15 days, but it usually takes 2 months to finish a strip due to the time it takes for the team to finish the models. If you can help support my team on Patreon, we will be able to get more help and release new chapters much faster than before! :D

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Art, Story & Design by Wenqing Yan AKA Yuumei

Crowd, Rigging, Scene Setup: Colin Barton 

Character Modeling:  Sozo Maika 

Crowd Hair Modeling: Bryan Link

Background Modeling: Sean Hummel and Bran Yordanova 

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Tomorrow And Tomorrow by yuumei Look Away from Yesterday by yuumei Hidden Paradise by yuumei All City by yuumei Underground by yuumei
Instagram 1 by yuumeiInstagram 2 by yuumeiInstagram by yuumeiChasing Stars 2 by yuumeiCities Of Asia 5 by yuumei
The sold out whale constellation tote bags are back in stock, plus 4 all new designs with doubled sided images :) Get them here at before they sellout again!

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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WhyIamaPotato Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
I knew you by reading Fhiseye Placebo on Webtoon, then I started following you on your website. I didn't know you had a Deviantart, and that really makes me happy because I always loved your work and you have been a great inspiration to me. Thank you for being awesome!

(Also, I didn't know but I faved some of your old drawings, so I know you from even longer than I thought~)
Mashmelllo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything whil be ok by LossenSouler
LossenSouler stole Yuumei's art.
ToxicSnakeSkull Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably going to be drowned out in your inbox by the large mass of (well deserved) comments praising you work but I still want to say this. Not too long ago and much to my shame I commited a 'watch and run' without any favs or comments. Honestly, following you and faving your work has been something I've been prolonging for quite some time; I've guess I've just been too overwhelmed by the absolute beauty, wonder, and genius of your collection to the point where I didn't feel anything I could say or do would be enough praise.

Your colour palette is the stuff of dreams, the imagery is wonderous, but what really annihilates me is the concepts. They are not only magnificent in the initial composition of the pieces, but the poignancy in the underlying story, symbolism, and emotion behind them. Even if I live to be 100 - highly unlikely now that I've discovered Ice Cream Bars :P - I will be never truly be able to write the words that does justice to the inspirational and breathtaking effects that your work has on an audience.

Truly I - and all your watchers - are in the presence of Concept Masterclass. I couldn't think of a more fitting title for your exclusive Favs folder (something that I don't normally create this quickly for artists I watch, but that's just a testament to how much of an effect your Gallery and Style has had on me ^^;).

Well, that's been said. I'll take my leave and get to faving. I hope what I say now doesn't cause you to overwork yourself, but do keep up what you do. The world we currently live in is far from a perfect place, but people like you and your work make it so much better. :heart:
lunarfox2005 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
your work is so incredibly beautiful hhH
some of them are just so perfect and serene, and capture what a thousand words could not quite get across
maybe it's just how I'm interpreting things, who knows
your pieces are so soft, too; I don't even know how to say this
keep up the good work ^-^
JWiesner Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Professional
I have no idea whether you even get to read this, or whether it gets buried and deleted under your possibly thousands other notifications.

I read on your recent Instagram arts' descrptions about your terrible past with your family... and that you have forgotten a whole year of your childhood. And that you went to a therapist which helped you get rid of negative patterns that formed and repeated during your life, and that you say you haven't felt happier than today.

First let me say, it's incredible that you had enough strength left to get help, and were lucky enough to get a therapist that was right for you too. I have barely been lucky with any of my therapists, none of them could really connect with me. Some were even disrespecting my limits and forced me to go through shit I wasn't ready for. Also stupid things like making me talk to objects, chairs and tables, pretending they were persons. And moving invisible things from one corner to another like a mime, pretending they were bad feelings. For at least $125 per hour. Fucking kindergarten therapy for adults.

The part about you that still worries me, however, is your forgotten childhood parts. These sound like a typical PTDS. Things happened to you which were so terrible that your brain decided to make you forget it to keep you from insanity, maybe even from killing yourself. This especially happens to people that think about stuff a lot during the day and night. However, these memories are not deleted, just stored away where you can't reach them. Yet.

While you are having a happy time right now, do try to save as much positive energy as you can get! Because your repressed memories will come back to you, like a fucking monstrous destructive mega bomb. Sometimes it can take 20 or 30 years or longer. My own repressed memories only show themselves as incomplete flashbacks after more than 15 years, and I have no control over them. I cannot remember if I want to, and I cannot say when the flashbacks happen either. There is no trigger. I even tried forcing to trigger it by going to the places where I know the shit had happened, but I still couldn't remember what it was. The brain can be a bitch.

Anyway, I just want to warn you as someone who has experience with this, and also knows a therapist who has dealt with people coming from wars that have had PTDS. All of us have the same story: The memory will come back and haunt you. Just giving you a heads up, you're gonna need a fucking LOT of positive energy to survive those moments. Your brain won't even care if you're emotionally ready or not. I'm not emotionally stable enough at all, and I get tortured by flashbacks when I least want them.

I'm sorry for sounding like an asshole, but your awful trauma isn't fully healed even if you feel much happier now. I just wanted to warn you in time, before this big shit comes back to hit you like a Nightmare Express 9000 train.
Tony31892 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hi Yuumei!! Of course you can't comment on this comment because there's so many comment, but I wanna write some !! XD

Umm.. before I start, please excuse me I'm really bad at English because I'm korean..ToTWaaaah! 

Because you're so amazing and give me inspiration!! I'll be really glad you read this and other comments and feel happy with it!

I accidentally saw your gallery, and there's so many works that I've accidentally seen on internet!!

I was really surprised and I feel I'm kind of really tiny star compared to your amazing arts...

And I envy your art skills but I finally get my mind reset and decide to work hard on my own and follow through you!! ^^

Thanks to god that I could see your amazing works before I go to bed and sleep XD!!  (I was about to give up searching and go to bed because of sleeping XP )

Please give us really amaaaaziiiiing works! Me and other fans will cheer you up!!  And please remember you're great mentor of me and someone in the world!!!

Have a great great day!! :happybounce: :happybounce: 
TurquoiseRaine Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Your art makes me feel like life is worth dreaming again.
foureyes Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
your Art is always engaging in a delicious way..... [F2U] Biromantic/Bisexual Flag Emoticon [Animated] 
Sketchy-Linez Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is so inspiring :heart: love all the emotional stuff.
Justadashofsunshine Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work so much! You’re such an inspiration!
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