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illustration: airstream

April 8, 2015

airstream_bambi_by_al_lau

The awesome Airstream recreational vehicles have an unmistakeable look. Even in the 1930’s when they began, Airstreams were futuristic with the chrome reflective exterior and rounded corners.

Airstreams were used by NASA in the 1960’s to put astronauts from space in quarantine during a time when the world was afraid of martian stuff. Airstreams have such a caché that they appeared in hollywood movies, like in Armageddon, and tv, most recently in the Mentalist, which Partrick Jane lived in for the final season.

This drawing of mine is of a modern Airstream model. It is super cute, being the smallest and lightest model, called the Sport. However, the Sport is not the cheapest of RV’s, coming in at above $30,000.

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.

drawing: sit-on-top kayak

January 17, 2013

kayak-sit-on-top-by-al-lau
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.

drawing: sit-in kayak

January 16, 2013

kayak-sit-in-by-al-lau

I am getting cabin fever with this rather cold winter.  Anxious for the warmer weather of spring, I am doing a series of outdoor activity-inspired drawings with my Wacom tablet. This one is of a sit-in kayak, labeling all the parts that make it characteristically a sit-in vessel.

More to come.

Indian Wells recently ended with Jelena Jankovic winning on the women’s side, beating the talented 19-year-old Danish, Caroline Wozniacki. I am pleased in Jankovic’s victory, for she had been ranked #1 in the world, and yet never won a championship.

As for her countrywoman, Ivanovic, she is unable to live up to her win since the French Open, a couple of years ago. The problem is her inconsistent serve.

I am building a series of tennis panels in hopes to illustrate how a serve in tennis. The artwork I created (above) is of course, the first step – the preparation stance.

I am looking forward to the next Grand slam event which is Roland Garros, aka The French Open. The dates for that tournament are from May 23 – June 6, 2010.

Are there any tennis fans in this side of the blogosphere? Who are you a fan of to win the next major?

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