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sketch: ice skater

February 18, 2017

ice_skate_away_by_al_lau

It’s a nice long Presidents weekend. A good time to go outside to ski, snowboard or ice skate. What winter activity do you like to do?

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!

drawing: go cubs go!

November 4, 2016

the_cubs_batter_by_al_lau

This was the best World Series as far as entertainment and the history of the two teams involved. Both have not won a Series in a very long time. And both teams were clearly at the top of their game.

It was an uphill battle for The Cubs. Having lost twice at home at Wrigley Field and deflating hopes of their fans, The Cubs had to comeback by winning two games just to even the series out, in Cleveland. They prevailed and it went sevens games for the decider.

The seventh game wasn’t without its drama. The Cubs had a nice lead, but then in the eighth inning, the Indians evened the score 6-6, and then a rain delay came. Perhaps, this gave The Cubs time to collect themselves because they punctuated their determination by scoring two more points in the 10th and final inning.

The 108-year-old curse for the Chicago team was finally broken! Congratulations to The Cubs!

sketch: track & field

August 21, 2016

track_and_field_by_al_lau

Sadly, the Rio Olympics is coming to an end this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the fun should end. Keep active and set goals for yourself, your kids and your family, while it’s still nice outside, in sports, or whatever makes you feel alive.

As for me, I’m quite not ready to stop drawing Olympic sports stuff. Today, I give you a runner competing in Track & Field. Track running began as a stadium race in 776 BC. This competition was the only athletic event in early Olympics. The marathon wasn’t introduced into the Olympics until 1896, a long distance run from Marathon to the Olympic stadium in Athens.

Rio proved itself to be an excellent host city for the Olympics. I still can’t believe Brazil is the first South American country to have the Olympics. Here’s hoping for more cities, south of the equator, to host.

Next stop: Tokyo, Japan!

sketch: diving

August 17, 2016

diving_twist_woman_by_al_lau

Diving at the Rio Olympics provided plenty of drama, not only between the competitors, but also with some unforseeable affects. Early on, the pool turned deep green as a pond, questioning the safety of those who swim in it. And periodically, heavy winds pushed divers off course, causing some to hit the diving board.

Competitive diving began as early as the 18th century, between Germany and Sweden. The sport was first introduced in the Olympics in 1904.

My drawing is of a diver, executing a twist, just after take off from the platform (about 10 meters above the pool surface).

Which diver were you rooting for to win gold?

sketch: equestrian

August 11, 2016

equestrian_by_al_lau

There are a plethora of unique sports in the Rio Olympics, not quite as popular as, say, gymnastics or swimming. By going to NBC’s sister cable channels during the daytime, I have seen some of the less-covered sports such as shooting, table tennis and equestrian.

Equestrian was first featured in the 1900 Paris Olympics. It is the only sport where men and women compete with each other in the same event. Competitors are judged by the symbiosis with their horse, in dressage and/or jumping.

I drew a rider striding – a time when a horse is at its happiest, active in the wide open, using grandiose equus physical ability by leaping with precision through challenging obstacles.

Which sport do you like to see?

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.

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