The Co-Create Series: Yiying Lu’s illustration inspired by Superheroes Made Even More Superb with Hello Kitty Makeovers

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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 Superheroes Made Even More Superb with Hello Kitty Makeovers. These are her words about the creative process. [See Yiying Lu’s first Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created work here]

‘It was great fun to create this piece! I tried to find a way to make the Hello Kitty accessories functional on the super hero, as I thought when the superman is flying, his head would need some warmth and protection. Hence the Hello Kitty helmet/hat!

‘Also, to be honest, that was inspired by Fin the Human from Adventure Land. The rings were on his middle fingers. Originally, I thought this made it visually balanced, then I found out that the ring on man’s middle finger on the right hand is uniquely for proud gay people, which is a happy coincidence.

‘Universal Love!

‘I also decided to animated it as a GIF piece. Let’s all get hypnotised by the petty Hello Kitty Superman!

‘The artwork was created from scratch directly on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The sketch was created via Adobe Photoshop CC with a Surface pen, then vectored within Adobe Illustrator CC and edited with a mouse. The Gif animation was created via Adobe Photo CC, and the video was created in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. All software was run within Windows 8 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3’.