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Kate 的吉祥物

Kate 的吉祥物「網路啄木鳥 Kate」由 Tyson Tan 設計。

The current evolution of our mascot was first unveiled in April 2021.

網路啄木鳥 Kate

網路啄木鳥 Kate
Kate the Cyber Woodpecker - Without Text


Kate the Cyber Woodpecker - Without Background


關於授權,這是 Tyson 所說的:

I hereby donate the new Kate the Cyber Woodpecker to Kate Editor project. The artworks are dual licensed under LGPL (or whatever the same as Kate Editor) and Creative Commons BY-SA. In this way you don't need to ask me for permission before using/modifying the mascot.我在此捐贈新的「網路啄木鳥 Kate」給 Kate 編輯器專案。作品同時以 LGPL(或說與 Kate 編輯器相同的授權條款)與創用 CC BY-SA 進行授權。這樣,您在使用或修改吉祥物的時候不需要先請求我的統一。

網路啄木鳥 Kate 的設計歷史

I asked Tyson if I can share the intermediate versions we exchanged to show the evolution and he agreed and even wrote some short summaries about the individual steps. This includes the initial mascot and the icon that fit into this design evolution. I therefore just quote what he wrote about the different steps below.

2014 - 啄木鳥 Kate

2014 版 - 啄木鳥 Kate

The 2014 version was done perhaps during my lowest point as an artist. I had not been drawing much in years, and was on the verge of giving up completely. There were some interesting ideas in this version, namely the {} brackets on her chest, and the color scheme inspired by doxygen code highlighting. However, the execution was very simplistic -- at that time, I deliberately stop using any fancy techniques to expose my inadequate base skills. In the followed years, I would be going through an arduous process to rebuild my broken, self-taught art foundation from the ground up. I'm grateful that the Kate team still kept this one on their website for many years.

2020 - 新的 Kate 圖示

2020 - 新的 Kate 圖示

The new Kate icon was the only time I attempted real vector art. It was at that time I began to develop some faint artistic sense. I had no previous experience of icon design, there was zero discipline like math-guided proportion. Every shape and curve was tweaked using my instinct as an artist. The concept was very simple: it's a bird shaped like the letter "K", and it has to be sharp. The bird was chunkier until Christoph pointed it out, I later turned it into a more sleek shape.

2021 - 吉祥物草圖

2021 版 - 新吉祥物的草圖

In this initial sketch, I was tempted to ditch the robotic concept and just draw a cute good looking bird instead.

2021 - 吉祥物設計

2021 版 - 新吉祥物的新設計

Kate's mascot re-design resumed after I finished drawing the new splash picture for the upcoming Krita 5.0. I was able to push myself to do more each time I attempted a new picture at that time, so I was determined to keep the robotic concept. Although the proportion was off, the mech design elements was more or less coined in this one.

2021 - 最終吉祥物

2021 版 - 最終的網路啄木鳥 Kate

The proportion was adjusted after Christoph pointed it out. The pose was adjusted to feel more comfortable. The wings were re-drawn after studying on real bird wings. A cool-looking, detailed keyboard was hand-drawn to emphasize the main usage of the application. An abstract background was added with a proper 2D typography design. The general idea is: unmistakably cutting edge and artificial, but also unmistakably full of life and humanity.