sketch: road bicycle

March 29, 2012

I always see hordes of cyclists on 9W, a route that goes along the Hudson. The old Route 9W is kind of like our Route 66 because newer, bigger, faster highways replaced it. So, with less car traffic, 9W earned a new kind of legacy as the road that cyclists adopted to be a long-distance track.

Well, I like to ride my bicycle too, and with the weather being warm so early in the season (the warmest March in New York on record since, like, 1945), I figured this would be a good time to take my wheels for a spin. So to speak.

On the road, I was quickly, overtaken by cyclists in skin-tight alien suits. With their ultra thin tires, they all zipped past me with minimal effort. I pushed my fat tires as fast as they could go. I know, I know. You’re supposed use road bikes for long distance (but I’m happy with my mountain bike. Really). I may have moved as slow as a snail, but hey, 34 miles later (in 3 1/2 hours), I made it!

Needless to say, when I got home, I collapsed on the bed and was down for the count.

Later, after the fatigue subsided, I celebrate my personal achievement, by doing a sketch of a classic 10-speed bicycle. For the time being, I’ll stick with drawing, and leave the Tour De France to the pros.


illustration: kayak

March 23, 2012

With spring finally here, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Walk in the park, bike on rail trails, go birdwatching, or (insert your favorite activty here).

As for myself, I can’t wait to take my boat out on the local lakes and rivers. And thanks to car racks (from brands like Yakima and Thule), it’s so much easier, safer and stylish to carry your kayak or canoe to any body of water, nowadays.

This is my illustration of a Mini Cooper carrying an ocean kayak, a fun contrast between big and small, yet fashionably cool in matching colors.

sketch: sea turtle

March 16, 2012

I sketch an ancient sea turtle which is graceful as it “flies” though the ocean. Its species has survived since the dinosaur age, over 200 million years ago, partly through its protective shell and partly by sheer resilience. Turtles are a true living fossil.

sketch: cow

March 8, 2012

I don’t get many opportunities to draw a cow, but when I saw this guy, I had to sketch it because it was unique-looking.

In the beautiful vista of Escalante, Utah, I came across a herd of cows that were roaming free, grazing along the road, and looking all cuddly, as if they knew they were a part of the view. Utah doesn’t joke when they say “Scenic Byway” on the road signs. One can go from the red rock desert to the snow covered mountains within a few hours drive. Utah is a whole other amazing world.

Even the cows look different from the cows I am accustomed to in New York state. These guys are adorned with cool hairdos, thick and curly. They just look happy in their open environment, being so free and so handsome.

illustration: tug boat

March 1, 2012

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