Weekend pop art: The gorgeously colourful illustrations of The Very Hungry Red Panda

(artwork (c) Yiying Lu via Laughing Squid)

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This children’s book is a journey about an endangered red panda who eats its way through the world, meeting other animal friends and trying food that is unique to their countries. It is a celebration of food, animals, and art, promoting biological diversity, cultural diversity, and belonging. (synopsis via Laughing Squid)

You may not think you have come across the beautiful artwork of San Francisco-based self-described “Artpreneur” Yiying Lu but the odds are good that you probably have.

The supremely-talented artist is the creator of the “Twitter Fail Whale” which she originally christened “Lifting a Dreamer” when she created the piece back in 2009 and so, if you have been active on the platform, even in passing, you may have come across the best thing to happen, visually at least, to unwanted downtime probably ever.

Now, she has turned her attention to something else entirely as Laughing Squid explains:

“[Yiying Lu] has created a series of wonderful illustrations of endangered animals, including an orangutan, a wolf, an elephant, a lion and a clouded leopard. These colorful images will be featured in a children’s book she is working on in partnership with the Adobe Residency Creative Fund called The Very Hungry Red Panda“.

The artwork is a vividly-realised joy that entrances all on its own but the fact that it has an even more important purpose of creating awareness about the dangers many animals around the world are in makes it all the more rewarding.

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Happy International Orangutan Day! ✨??✨ 8/19 is a day to show our love for orangutans and encourage the public to take action in protecting this amazing animal in the wild. I created this art piece as part of my ongoing project to advocate for endangered species on earth, with the support of the @adobe Creative Community Fund. The orangutan spirit displays strength and gentleness with its strong physical appearance and affectionate nature. It reminds us to pay attention to the signs and signals that appear to us. Something in our life may be out of balance, and we need to address it before it affects other aspects of our life. Orangutan symbolism speaks about the need to trust our inner wisdom. Our life experiences have taught us to be strong and wise, so let our insights guide us. The orangutan also reminds us to honor our relationship with our mothers. Strengthen the bond that we share, repair whatever is broken, and make new memories together. The orangutan spirit also symbolizes creation and manifestation. Whatever our mind can conceive, we can achieve. It teaches us to be creative when dealing with our problems, just like the manatee spirit animal. Change our attitude towards it, and we will realize that it’s not as bad as we first thought. The orangutan also teaches us the importance of moving and acting during times of struggle. Follow our survival instincts, and learn to let go of what no longer works for us. What other endanger animals would you like to see me creating? http://linkedin.com/pulse/celebrating-international-clouded-leopard-day-biological-yiying-lu #illustrations #Oangutan #red #ape #orange #design #biodiversity #environment #creative #creativity #art #artist #designer #dsigners #nature #natural #innovation #designers #illustration #illustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #illustratorsoninstagram #artists #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #animal #animals #orangutans

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This week is Wolf Awareness Week. Since 1996, Governors from more than 50% of the U.S. states have proclaimed the 3rd week of October to celebrate Wolves' unique place in the animal kingdom and learn more about their threatened place in the natural world today. Many people around the world love and respect wolves as a beautiful creature. They value the spiritual lessons that they teach us: Strength, Courage, Freedom, Wisdom, and Deep Instinct. Yet, many other people do not understand the wolves, they fear and have a hatred for them. They set out to kill and eradicate the wolves from their natural homes in the wild. Because of this, wolves have or are about to become very endangered in many areas of the world. We need to understand that wolves are crucial to the environment because they tend to stabilize an ecosystem by influencing an Apex predator. Without wolves, ungulates will become overpopulated, causing the decline of many trees that they eat for themselves and other creatures. Many ungulates will even die of starvation. This will cause a downward spiral. I started this art piece on 8/13 the International Wolf Day, to raise the awareness of Wolves. Learn more about these amazing creatures and help them stay protected: https://wolf.org This art piece is one of my “The Very Hungry Red Panda” children’s book project with @adobe creative residency, to both celebrate and raise awarenesses of endangered species around the world. What other endangered animals would you like to see me create? https://lnkd.in/dQv72Qq #nature #illustration #wolf #wolves #culture #snow #winter #mountain #moon #blue #design #biodiversity #environment #creative #creativity #art #artist #designer #nature #natural #designers #illustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #illustratorsoninstagram #artists #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #wild #wildlife

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Today is August 12, the annual World Elephant Day! This day is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world's elephants. These magnificent animals are among the most beloved worldwide. We are at risk of losing both Asian and African elephants due to habitat loss, poaching, and a number of other factors. Learn what you can do to help by visiting: http://ow.ly/X4Zu50AXU04 The ancestor of elephants, mammoths and mastodons was a pig-size animal with an upper lip like a tapir that lived about 55 million years ago. As these creatures evolved their heads got small and their upper lip became longer and more flexible until it became a trunk. On the spiritual side, elephants hold significant meaning in many cultures, they have been depicted in mythology and religion for thousands of years. There are many meanings and interpretations behind elephant symbols, which are particularly significant in Indian and Asian faiths, including Hinduism and Buddhism. In many cultures, elephants are revered and highly respected due to their symbolic meaning: Sensitivity, Wisdom, Stability, Loyalty, Intelligence, Strength, Peace, Reliability, Determination and Patience. Humans and large species like elephants can live in harmony together, but only if we understand how to rethink, respect, and reconnect with animal spirits on earth! ✨?✨ What other endangered animals would you like to see me create? http://linkedin.com/pulse/celebrating-international-clouded-leopard-day-biological-yiying-lu #illustration #elephant #elephants #culture #lotus #flower #leaf #leaves #nature #blue #design #biodiversity #environment #creative #creativity #art #artist #designer #dsigners #nature #natural #innovation #designers #illustration #illustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #illustratorsoninstagram #artists #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artistoninstagram

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Today is August 10, the World Lion Day, celebrating the majestic "the KING of the beasts". The purpose of this day is to invite people to celebrate & protect lions around the world. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, lions are a “vulnerable” species. Currently, researchers estimate that there are between 30,000 & 100,000 lions left on planet Earth. Without significant intervention, they might be on the endangered list alongside other species most at risk of extinction. On the spiritual side, lions symbolize strength, majesty, courage, authority, and justice. Yet most people don’t know: lions are neither nocturnal (day-walker) nor diurnal (night-walker) They are crepuscular (active during twilight). Many cultures, from Celtic to Native American, view twilight as magical, mystical moments in time, as it is liminal – “neither here, nor there.” = the space in-between, represents 100% pure potential. Lion = anything can happen. ✨?✨ This art piece is one of my “The Very Hungry Red Panda” children’s book project with @adobe creative residency, to both celebrate and raise awarenesses of endangered species around the world. What other animals would you like to see me create? https://lnkd.in/dQv72Qq #illustration #lion #cat #bigcat #feline #lions #leo #design #biodiversity #environment #creative #creativity #art #artist #designer #dsigners #nature #natural #innovation #designers #illustration #illustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #illustratorsoninstagram #artists #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artistoninstagram

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