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April 28, 2017

tiny_house_blue_by_al_lau

When it comes to tiny houses, less is more. This is the smallest of them all at 125 square feet, having a minute footprint for Earth Day and every day if you can live in one. It’s basically a shack with windows and a door. No room for a loft and no room for a toilet. Only room enough for a composting toilet in the corner. Can you handle using a composting toilet ?

tennis two-handed backhand

February 3, 2017

tennis_two_hand_backhand_by_al_lau
The Australian Open had both awesome Men’s and Ladies’ finals. The Williams sisters faced each other again, like old times. And the veteran Men favorites, Nadal and Federer battled in a nail biting 5-setter. Those classic match ups may never happen again.

Being in the cold Northeast, I look forward to the tennis event from down under because I get cabin fever this time of year, in frigid Januaries, and that warm Aussie sun seems to shine through my TV screen and warm up my living room. You can also say, it is my superbowl.

My drawing of a tennis player is performing a two-handed backhand return shot. Swoosh!

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.

sketch: backhand

July 7, 2016

tennis_male_backhand_by_al_lau

The second week of Wimbledon is happening now. I was excited that Americans, both on the men’s and women’s side, made it into the second week of the world’s best tennis event .

Serena Williams has been the most consistent American lady to appear deep into the tournament. But at the age of 35, who knows how much longer she will play? Thanks to a whole group of up-and-coming talented American ladies, there is much to look forward to, in players such as Madison Keys and Christina McHale.

The last American man to make it to the finals was Andy Roddick, back in 2009. Unfortunately, he had a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in 5 sets. I wish Andy would come back from retirement and give it another go.

This is my sketch of a male player in a prepared stance for a backhand swing.

salmon_life_F_by_al_lau

After a full life of many challenges, Salmon successfully returns home, back upriver where he was born.

Happy Earth Day!

Have you hugged a salmon today?

salmon_life_E_by_al_lau
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.

salmon_life_D_by_al_lau

Down swoops a bald eagle. Salmon is not safe even from the air!

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