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About Varied / Professional Senior Member Wenqing YanFemale/United States Groups :iconknite-fliers: Knite-Fliers
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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!


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!


I was still feeling art blocked so I just kept doing more practice studies. It's of Jessie Li again, I think I just really like her angry face lol.

The original photo didn't have Chinese word on her face. The word means "I".

HD image and Video process on

Support my art on Patreon

Better Tomorrow by yuumei Draw this again! - Sprinkle of Stars by yuumei Guilty by yuumei Breathe by yuumei Black Stars by yuumei

Instagram by yuumei
Hey everyone! I'll be at Sac Anime this weekend in the Indie Zone (next to Artist Alley) at table IZ 07 with all my prints, tote bags, and wallscrolls :)

Since Crunchyroll Expo is happening on the same weekend, my wonderful assistant and cosplayer @kiba.cos will be selling for me in the Exhibitor's Hall at Booth 827.

We hope to see you there and hang out! :D

New voice-over painting tutorial is done! Watch the full 15 minute tutorial for free on my youtube :)  More free tutorials on my website at
Instagram by yuumei

I finally made postcards! :D There are 8 collections, each based on a theme such as stars, the oceans, cities in Asia, etc. Each collection has 6 images printed on 4x6 inch cardstock.

Between prints and wallscrolls, I always wanted to offer smaller options of my art that’s easy to give as gifts to friends and family :) You can get collections here

Cities of Asia by yuumei

Dark Collection by yuumei

Dream Without Dream by yuumei

Glass Instruments by yuumei

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Infinite Lights

While editing the photos of the Milkyway, I found some older photos I took of the Golden Gate bridge and decided to turn it into a painting :) There are so many beautiful places around the Bay Area, and even after living here for a decade I still haven’t explored it all.

HD file and video process of this painting is on my

Support my art on Patreon

Still Waiting by yuumei Under The Overpass by yuumei Lost Me by yuumei At The Crossroads by yuumei Come Find Me by yuumei

I found some really nice photos of various model portraits that I really liked, especially the ones with stronger emotions which I need more practice with. (you can find the original photo here… I didn't quite get the full emotions of the photo so I need to more practice)

Near the end of the painting I decided to add some of my own lighting and tattoo to it lol. The word on face is Chinese for hate. 

Black Stars by yuumei Better Tomorrow by yuumei Draw this again! - Sprinkle of Stars by yuumei Guilty by yuumei Breathe 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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chatnoirwolf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope to be a fraction of what you are when i am your age.

LOVE your art so much!!!!
wolflover1451 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
hay!! your work inspierd me to draw something out of my comfort zone! 
the forest by wolflover1451 im really bad at lighting haha
enzouke Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
Love your work!
YukiSenmatsu Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Not only your works are god-like, your headphones are also totally rad!

I'm gonna get myself a pair if I can save enough money
SpongyBoy17 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy 4th of July!!!:D
Flareheart8 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your artwork is incredible. The painting are really stunning and it really captures the fantasy. Awesome job.
DevYansui Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
Too amazing T_T ♥
Skobeloff Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your artstyle - so stunning! Keep up the good work! :heart:
Hey someones selling your work on wish…
yeahalti Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Wah! We have the same birthdate! Anyways, I really love your art and how soft-spoken you are(I saw your tutorial). It is amazing! Thank you so much for your efforts. Have a nice day and stay safe. Much love.
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