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sketch: forehand stance

July 15, 2017

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The Wimbledon finals happens this weekend. Venus Williams will try to make history by winning the women’s finals at the age of 37. On the men’s side, Federer will also return to the finals as a 36-year-old. Both players are defying the odds by showing the sport that 30 is the new 20.

My drawing, today, is inspired by Nadal’s aggressive forehand stance.

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sketch: backhand swing

June 17, 2017

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Although French Open is done, Wimbledon is coming up, just around the corner! I have been on a figural drawing kick lately. In art, it’s good to keep loose with pencil. My sketch shows a player, hustling fast to make a swinging a two-handed backhand.

sketch: tennis forehand

June 10, 2017

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The French Open comes to a close this weekend. For the women, I am rooting for Simona Halep because she’s been working so hard for so long. And this is the farthest she has reached in a major. On the men’s side, I hope Nadal wins the final. He is after all the king of clay.

My sketch shows a player preparing for a forehand swing.

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The players are midway through the French Open. Only 64 players remain after round 2. My drawing shows the set up stance for a two-handed backhand.

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In a competitive game, it is best to move forward and be offensive, but if your opponent pushes you back, then you are forced to become defensive. In my action drawing, with Nadal as my example, he is literally pushed back on his heels. There are still several moves to choose from, such as a defensive lob to stay in play or as Nadal likes to do, go for broke by hitting the ball down the line.

Indians Wells, in the desert of southern California, just began. It runs from March 12 to 22. Some call it the 5th Major and rightfully so with all the big names it draws.

Just last weekend, I was ice fishing and cross country skiing. Then, this week brought upper 40 degree temps, melting away the ice and snow. I can feel spring is around the corner. I’m ready warmers days (and tennis)! Are you? What activities are you looking forward to do?

cartoon: the run

December 24, 2014

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Happy Holidays everybody!

sketch: golf swing

July 19, 2012


In the sport of golf, it takes skill to thrust the ball at the right trajectory to reach the region of the next hole, in the meantime, avoid obstacles such as trees, bodies of water and bunkers.

The model reference I use looks like a young boy in my rough sketches. Although, it is actually inspired by Na Yeon Choi, a compact, yet powerful South Korean female. Choi recently won the US Women’s Open in Kohler, Wisconsin.

In this exercise, I do three sequential sketches as a study in figural motion of the player’s swing – from the backswing, to the point of contact, to the follow through. Hopefully, the three frames together, as a set, would achieve an animated effect.

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