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drawing: sit-in kayak

April 6, 2019

sit_in_kayak_by_al_lau

Are you thinking of getting a kayak? Sit-in Kayaks come in different lengths and widths. Shorter kayaks that are about 6 feet long and 32 inches wide may be lighter and stable, but wont have good efficiency. Longer kayaks, as long as 16 feet and 28 inches wide, are not as stable, but will cut straight through the water with great efficiency.

Sit-in Kayaks are popular due to their generally lighter weight build, compared to Sit-on-top Kayaks. However, this type of personal watercraft may not be for everybody because some may feel claustrophobic. Sit-in Kayaks can constrict the legs to a straight position. I recommend you test out which vessel best suits your comfort level by renting it first before you buy.

My drawing shows a Sit-in Kayak which is somewhere in between a short and long boat. To me, it is just right for the casual paddler.

If you enjoy paddling, like me, let me know which watercraft suits your taste. I hope you get outdoors soon, as the weather is getting warmer and trees are blooming. Happy paddling all :)

 

 

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kayak_sit on top_pedal_by_al_lau

The first time I tried a Sit-on-top Kayak, it felt tippy. As a canoe paddler myself, it took some getting used to. A different boating experience, but fun all the same. The double-hulled design has it advantages, especially when paddling on wavy water. I tried it out as seen in my Sea Kayak Fishing video, taken in California. If swells pour into the boat, a Sit-on-top self bails through scupper holes in the bottom, essentially keeping you getting too wet.

My drawing is of a Sit-on-top Kayak with pedals. One can propel the kayak forward by the use of his/her feet just like a bicycle! And at the same time, have arms free to do some fishing and catch the Big One!

Spring is here! Hooray :) What are your plans for Spring?

drawing: paddle board

February 24, 2019

stand_up_paddle_board_by_al_lau

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is an outdoor activity that became popular in only the last 5 years, although, the sport existed in Hawaii for decades. Paddle boarding sprouted from surfing. However, paddle boarding is more versatile as a sport because waves are not required to propel yourself across the water. In fact, calm waters are preferable. You can simply move on the water, using a special shaped vertical paddle.

Paddle boards come in different sizes and shapes. The smaller ones can double as surfboard. The larger ones are for casual exercise, and can even be used as a platform for yoga. Mostly, paddle boards are so awkwardly big that a handle opening is cut out in the middle of the board so that it can be carried easily, with one arm, from your car to the water. Boards are made of a foam interior which allows for lightweight and portability.

My drawing is of a traditional paddle board and an accompanying paddle. This was fun to draw because it was a new subject for me. Have you tried paddle boarding? If not, put it on your list of things to do as way to relax and enjoy the body of water near you :)

sushi time (1 of 3)

December 22, 2018

sushi_time_A_by_al_lau

happy thanksgiving

November 22, 2018

turkey_day_by_al_lau

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

casita_trailer_by_al_lau

I recently went on a camping trip to the Adirondacks. Car camping, that is. Access to a real bathroom is one luxury I can’t do without. Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice a cute tiny trailer in a nearby site. It is called the Casita. It is small but is complete with a bed, air conditioning and propane stove. Talk about luxury :)  So… I had to draw it!

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting art as often as I used to. The reason is I have been dedicating more time to my video channel. Creating content and editing the footage takes a lot of time. And so my artwork has suffered I guess. But then again, making video is a form of being creative too. Right? So I figured why not add it to my blog website.

Both my artwork and my videos mostly fall under a common theme – the Outdoors and Nature. I want to officially introduce my videos on a more regular basis. Without further ado, below is a video I made about Camping and Canoeing in the Adirondacks. It features a glimpse of what camping is like near the popular Northern Forest Canoe Trail and includes the Casita trailer that I saw. Please feel free to Subscribe & Like it if you think I did a good job (fingers crossed). Happy Fall everybody!

forehand_return_by_al_lau

The US Open Men’s and Women’s finals are on this weekend. Who do you want to win the tournament?

My drawing is of a player, staying low, to perform a forehand return. Much like Osaka’s brilliant technique which she used to beat Madison Keys in the semi-final. This was a fun sketch to do because of the simplicity and flowing lines to capture the human form in action.

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