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illustration: tandem canoe

February 3, 2019

tandem_canoe_by_al_lau

I am having cabin fever, so I wanted to draw something outdoorsy like this tandem canoe.

The weather will be above 50 degrees in the coming week, in the Northeast. I hope to get out on the water and do some paddling because the outside is my gym. Being active is good for the body and soul.

When possible, I like to paddle with a friend or family member like in this video with my Uncle. (He is the one who inspired me to do Winter skiing and Summer paddling).

What are you going to do when it warms up? Maybe go walk, hike or cycle? I would love to know :)

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sushi time (3 of 3)

December 31, 2018

sushi_time_C_by_al_lau

In case you didn’t know… I enjoy fishing and drawing. I felt it was about time to combine my two pleasures in my cartoon. My characters, who love fresh sushi, go on a boat to catch the big one. To their surprise, they reel in something much bigger than they expected.

Happy New Years everybody!

sushi time (1 of 3)

December 22, 2018

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Our salmon has another near brush with danger.
Will he make it to his destination?

I wasn’t sure whether to include this moment in Salmon’s life, but I wanted to be as candid as possible. Sorry. I don’t want to be a downer. I just want to share awareness and the importance of sustainablility on our precious planet. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a very good chart, detailing which kinds of fish are threatened and which fish are okay to harvest.

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.

photo: adirondacks

August 23, 2013

moose crossing

heron

dog boat

lake bird

kushaqua lake

kushaqua lake B

big sky

haystacks

adirondack road

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.

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