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illustration: clams

January 13, 2017

clams_by_al_lau

The earliest clams first appeared 500 million years ago. Clams are a bi-valve mollusk. Unlike oysters and mussels which need to be anchored to rocks in order to survive, clams burrow themselves within the sandy bottom of the ocean floor.

Although clams may look uninspiring, they play an important part to healthy coastal waters because of their role in filter feeding.

I am experimenting with a new type of art pen which gives me a finer line. It reminds me of when I used Repidograph pens in school. Drawing clams formations is a good exercise for me to study contours and detail. So with my clam sketches, less is more.

photography: florida

April 26, 2013

bird's eye view of coral reef

mangroves

grape tree

flower

wildflowers

tropical plants

storm clouds

meadow

beach

photography: summer

July 6, 2012

I took a bunch of photos in Cape Cod. These are some that make great desktop wallpaper. No HDR effect required. Just pure natural beauty.

Ahh yes. Summer time is here. It’s that time of year when crowds descend on the beaches for fun in the sun.

Personally, I prefer swimming in lakes, where it is not as crowded and I won’t have to worry about being eaten by a shark. Though, the traffic around the beaches here are even scarier than sharks.

cartoon: fish on

April 20, 2012

This is my drawing of a boy who gets a big suprise at the ocean. I call him fish head. Don’t be afraid. He won’t bite… hard.

figure drawing: crouching

December 28, 2010

I revisited figure drawing this week.  It’s a good exercise for every artist to keep the skill of drawing people fresh, regularly. Even if the only place to find people is in a park or a coffee shop.  It helps with practicing important techniques such as proportions, perspective, shading and keeping a fluid line.

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