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diamondback terrapin

February 9, 2018

diamondback_terrapin_by_al_lau

Diamondbacks are some of the most beautifully decorated creatures in the Terrapin family. My illustration displays the brilliant orange crystalline-like scutes on the carapace of the shell, although the turtle appears in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They can be observed in the brackish marshes and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay. With their strong horned beak, they like to feed on mollusks and crustaceans.

For my pet turtles, which are Red-Eared Sliders, I made a video on How To Clean Your Turtle Tank. Please feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! https://youtu.be/z8J7UED_F9U

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cartoon: the run

December 24, 2014

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Happy Holidays everybody!

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.

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drawing: tandem canoe

January 24, 2013

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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

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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.

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