Lifting a Dreamer (2002)
If that sketch looks familiar, that's because it's the original sketch by Yiying Lu that later became the all-too-familiar Twitter Fail Whale:
This piece that would eventually become the Twitter ‘Fail Whale’ was originally called ‘Lifting a Dreamer’, and was a personal work – a visual greeting to my friends overseas. In 2002, I had moved to Australia for my foundation year of study in International Design and Media at the University of New South Wales, and I kept in touch with a lot of friends that I grew up with in Shanghai – mostly over mail and MSN.
‘Lifting a Dreamer’ originally featured an Elephant, drawn with pencil! I wanted to create a visual greeting – a visual ‘comfort’ for my friends back home for all the events that I was missing! I also included this image on my website’s homepage, and I would use MSN to send it to friends and family when I could not attend their birthdays and graduations and parties. Basically, I had this giant wish that is so heavy (the elephant), and the birds represented my free spirit and good wishes.