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As you may know, I do enjoy fishing. But did you know I like to draw too? When I went canoeing, Largemouth Bass have been elusive to me at the lakes. I only caught a handful this year. So today, I wanted to do a sketch of a lunker of a Bass. I’ve done a bunch of drawings of bass before, but this one I am happiest with because it has a big open mouth in action, and a big fat belly! What do you think?

drawing: my cat mochi

September 30, 2021

It’s a lazy day at the cabin. The autumn leaves are starting to change here in the Upstate New York mountains. A bit too chilly to go paddling because of a cold front. So I am bonding with my cat, Mochi, and doing a little drawing of her. I have to say that it is nice to get back to my artwork.

If you would like to see my drawings, please feel free to check out my shop at www.designosaurus.etsy.com

Have a nice early fall day!

illustration: to sofia

June 15, 2021

A friend of mine is going away to college, and I will miss her. She is smart, bubbly and full of energy. Loves to tell me drama stories about life. But best of all, her smile is infectious.

I do a drawing to bid her farewell. She is standing at the foot of the famous Arches, because she loves to travel and to hike too. My illustration symbolizes her free-spirited attitude and to wish good luck on her new adventures.

sketch: tennis ready

March 14, 2021

Spring is around the corner and there is more daylight, now that we spring forward our clocks! To me, that means, I can play tennis again (not to mention paddling and fishing too). Yay! The great outdoors is my gym, so I can finally get in shape again. In celebration, I do a drawing of a player that is ready to do a serve. If you’d like to see more of my drawings, please check out my store :)

What activities are you looking forward to do as the weather warms up? Let me know!

Happy Spring Everybody!

sketch: the ice skater

January 30, 2021

Figure skating as a competitive sport has always fascinated me. Athletes spend their whole lives practicing, and then are judged for a few minutes. I do admire the beauty and the drama that they display for the world, to acheive the gold medal. My drawing is of an Ice Skater, executing a perfect landing.

If you are interested in seeing more of my drawings, feel free to check out my shop :)

illustration: a young couple

December 26, 2020

I had the pleasure of being asked to do a drawing for a young guy recently. He had seen illustrations at my store, and I thought he was going to request an Outdoor or Nature-related theme, which is my expertise. However, I was surprised when he handed me a photo of him and his girlfriend, all dressed up at a formal event. I happily did the job, and I created the portrait of them in my style, with a touch of anime. I gave it to him in time for the holidays. He gave it to his girlfriend, in a frame, and they both simply loved it! What do you think?

Anyway, Happy Holidays everybody!

sketch: tennis waiting

August 23, 2020

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It’s been a while since I did some drawing. Sorry to my followers who seek my artwork, which is originally why I started this blog site. I have just been concentrating hard on my outdoor video channel, that is my other hobby, being a YouTube creator. But as you probably noticed, I combined by outdoor/nature art with my outdoor/nature videos, under one blog. I am trying to get to 1000 subscribers, and it is really hard work. I’ll talk about more some day if anybody is interested.

Anyway, today, I just wanted to do a sketch of a tennis player. Usually, I draw them in action, but this player is just standing around, waiting for the game to begin. Perhaps it is symbolic, in my mind, saying when are things going to get back to normal?

I hope you all are enjoying this summer, despite the circumstances.

sketch: bluegill

June 28, 2020

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As small as the Bluegill is, this sunfish has an amazing spectrum of colors. It’s like a jewel that is often overlooked and underappreciated from our rivers and lakes. Watch out when giving them a worm while fishing, they have an attitude of a shark!

This is my lazy Sunday sketch. Happy weekend all.

everglades_wildlife_by_al_lau_A

The Florida Everglades is home to many unique fauna and flora. I created a 2-D diorama illustration, featuring nature that is native to the wetlands. The print size is 11×17 on 13×19 paper. It includes the Alligator, birds, turtles and fish. All thriving along the Mangroves.

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As a bonus, there is an accompanying animal identification chart on 8 x 10 size print, naming the Everglades flora and fauna. I was inspired by seeing museum dioramas of animal life in their environment. I match them up by shape and numbers. The print is available at my shop. Check it out :)

This is the last element in the Everglades outdoor and nature series. I hope you enjoyed my videos and artwork!

By the way, can you name any of the animals in the drawing?

alligator_in_mangroves_by_al_lau

Florida is a haven for exotic wildlife. What animal do you think of when you think of Florida? Perhaps Alligators? Here’ s my drawing of an Alligator relaxing in the mangroves. Does it look like a happy gator?

In my video, I visit the Everglades, a massive preserve of beautiful nature. And since Florida is also known for its amazing fishing. I find a spot to fish. I am ecstatic because with almost every cast, I get a Bass. Meanwhile, I have to watch out for hungry Alligators lurking nearby! The Largemouth I catch are medium-sized. I don’t get the quality big ones, but I do get the quantity.

Check out my video on Exploring the Everglades: Fishing with Hungry Alligators Nearby.

This is part 1 of 2 on my trip to the Everglades. Part 2 will be about some facts on the National Park and my search for more amazing wildlife, such as exotic birds, more alligators and of course, turtles!

This is my first combo-post of my art and video creation :)
(I briefly feature my art in the video too)

Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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