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The Co-Create Series: Yiying Lu’s illustration inspired by a Bahamas beach where pigs and people swim together

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For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator Yiying Lu, who has done artwork for Disney and Conan O’Brien, and is well-known as the creator of the ubiquitous Twitter Fail Whale, took inspiration from this post about a beach in the Bahamas where pigs and people swim together. These are her words about the creative process. [See Yiying Lu’s other Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created work here and here]

‘I tried many different fun directions for this piece before it was finalised. Originally, I was thinking of making a pig swim like the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album in 1991 or an animated Gif of the pigs riding a infinite looping wave.

‘But then I decided to approach it in a more classic and retro way in a colour woodcut style, inspired by the Japanese The Great Wave off Kanagawa, an ukiyo-e woodblock print by artist Hokusai published sometime between 1830 and 1833.

‘I recreated this illustration using the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Adobe Illustrator, with a light solid colour scheme, showing three pigs riding the waves and swimming in the ocean with smiles’.

Surfing pigs illustration by Yiying Lu