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sketch: great white shark

September 8, 2019

great_white_shark_by_al_lau

Recently, I went to Cape Cod and I did all the awesome activities that the amazing locale has to offer, except one. And that is, swimming in the ocean. Absolutely, no swimming in the sea for me because there have been more sightings of sharks in the area. Sharks are attracted to the population boom of sea lions close to the shoreline. Delicious, fatty sea lions.

In Cape Cod, there are warning signs everywhere to beware and to swim at your own risk. There are even stop-the-bleeding kits stationed at the beaches! Sharks can easily mistake a surfer, body boarder or swimmer for a sea lion meal. If a shark bites you, they won’t go, “I’m sorry, my bad.” The ocean is their domain and who would be the one to blame if a shark and a human cross paths?

Now I am shaking just thinking about it. Anyway, I do a sketch of a Great White Shark. I guess if I want to face my fears, I have to draw it. Right?

Did you swim at the beach this summer? Without the fear of sharks swimming nearby? What animal do you fear?

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tennis_receive_by_al_lau

Can you believe the summer is almost over? I can’t.

Anyway, at this time of year, the US Open tournament action commences in Queens, New York. Two weeks of the world’s best athletes competing on the biggest stage. As a big fan of tennis, I draw a female player in a receiving stance. She is ready to hit an aggressive return.

What sport do you enjoy to watch, or play?

drawing: apollo 13

July 27, 2019

apollo_11_capsule_by_al_lau

I am a fan of anything to do with space exploration. I pay close attention to space missions such as the Space X, NASA, the Rover and Mars. So when the event that started it all, 50 years ago, arrives, I feel like a kid again, wanting to be an astronaut. Apollo 11 stories pop up on all news channels and I watch with awe.

In honor of that achievement, I draw the Apollo capsule, just before it returns to Earth. It is hard to believe that three brave souls, crammed themselves into such a small space, let alone, walked on the Moon!

If given the opportunity, would you go to the Moon or Mars? Or maybe just experience zero G’s in near orbit? These experiences actually seem more and more possible in our life time, or at least, in this century. Let me know :)

drawing: camping

June 16, 2019

camping_by_al_lau

I did a cartoon drawing of camping for my friend’s birthday card. We used to camp together in great locations such as Cape Cod and Cape May. Unfortunately, he moved away which makes it more difficult to plan a trip. But alas, I still love to go camping. My most recent camping trip is to upstate New York. I have the chance to cook on the portable stove, tour a small town, do some canoe fishing and simply breathe the fresh air. If you like the outdoors and camping, check out my short video .  What is your favorite thing to do when camping? Let me know :)

sketch: cat eyes

May 19, 2019

cat_face_by_al_lau

My cat, Mochi is always on high alert. She is startled by the slightest sound. She posed for my portrait drawing while she stared at birds outside the window. And as you can see, she has the biggest eyes.

Yes, I named my cat after the delicious Japanese ice cream dessert :)

sketch: cat sleeping

May 10, 2019

cat_sleeping_by_al_lau

To be a cat means having a good life. People love them. People take care of them. In some cultures, people worship them. And my cat is no exception.  I did a sketch of my cat sleeping, enjoying her good life. Even when asleep, cats twitch and shuffle around, which forces me to sketch quickly. But that is a good exercise in creating a loose free-flowing line in tight time constraints.

drawings: boat postcards

April 25, 2019

fun_boat_postcards_by_al_lau

I made some fun drawings of recreational water crafts. My illustrations are printed as postcards in a set of four, including a Sit-on-top Kayak, a Sit-in Kayak, a Stand-up Paddle board and a Tandem Canoe. Each is a large card of 5 x 7 inches.

The postcards are available at my store. They are perfect to send to friends and family members who are paddlers, active, or simply, outdoor lovers. Check them out :)

As you can probably tell, I am ready to get outdoors. Are you ready for fun in the sun?

 

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