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This is my drawing of a Largemouth Bass. It was a long cold winter, but now it is Spring and he is very hungry.

Please also check out my latest short video where I attend a Fishing Show and share my Top 5 Picks for kayaking and fishing. And let me know what you think. https://youtu.be/MBc4oGDfgU4

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sketch: sculling boat

August 14, 2014

sculling_boat_by_al_lau
The sport of Sculling is all about speed, in addition to power, aerodynamics and synchrocity. It involves oars that propel the shell, in unison, on both sides of the boat – port and starboard. (There is such thing as single-oar sculling as well.) Boaters are seated opposite the direction the craft is headed toward. This is because there is more strength developed from the motion of pushing back with the legs and arms.

Single, double, quadruple or even more rowers can occupy the watercraft, depending on the length, from about 26 to 65 feet. The width is so narrow that the boat only becomes stable when the oars are counterbalancing like outriggers. So maintain your center of gravity or you may take a spill!

My drawing, here, is of a single-person sculling boat.

suburu_outback_by_al_lau

I’ve been seeing a lot of Subaru Outbacks on the road. They are a very functional outdoor vehicle. Dare I call it a ‘station wagon’ like my dad used for vacation trips?  Anyway, in my drawing of the Subaru, I added some much needed car top decoration.

 

vw_bus_with_surfboard_by_al_lau

Although I never had a VW Bus, I remember seeing them. They simply bring back memories just by being around on the roads when I was younger. It has lots of room inside and plenty of windows for the sun to shine through, and has that cool sliding side door. Usually painted in pastel colors, sometimes they come in a white top. Plus, it is family-sized, which is so fun to get everybody in for a road trip, even if it just for getting soft serve ice cream. Just puts a smile on faces wherever it goes.

drawing: tandem canoe

January 24, 2013

canoe-tandem-by-al-lau

The Canoe is one of the oldest boat designs that dates back to 8000 BC, found in the Netherlands. The earliest canoes were made out of dugout wood or wood framing, then in the mid-20th century, aluminum became a more durable material to use.  Nowadays, canoes are made of lighter materials such as fiberglass, royalex and kevlar, making them more car-toppable. Canoes are best used in rivers, lakes and calm bays.

My third drawing is the tandem canoe.  It is part of a 3-set recreational boat series.  I created these as a group of postcards, available in my store.

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This is the backside of the postcard.  It’s important to know where the stamp goes, right?

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My cat wanted to partake in the photoshoot.

drawing: sit-on-top kayak

January 17, 2013

kayak-sit-on-top-by-al-lau
Today, my drawing is a Sit-On-Top Kayak. It is inspired by a model made by Wilderness Systems.

The sit-on-top kayak is an alternative to the enclosed kind. The advantage of the sit-on-top is that it is self-bailing. If water gets into the hull, water simply exits through the scupper holes. This is especially useful when kayaking the surf where waves can get over two feet high.

drawing: sit-in kayak

January 16, 2013

kayak-sit-in-by-al-lau

I am getting cabin fever with this rather cold winter.  Anxious for the warmer weather of spring, I am doing a series of outdoor activity-inspired drawings with my Wacom tablet. This one is of a sit-in kayak, labeling all the parts that make it characteristically a sit-in vessel.

More to come.

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