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sketch: cross country skiing

February 23, 2018

cross_country_skiing_by_al_lau

The Olympics have been a joy to watch, and for me, a great way to practice figural drawing in action. Racing for the finish line, my drawing is of a cross-country skier going for the Gold.

Did you get to see the less popular spectator sports such as Biathlon and Cross-country skiing? And who knew that pushing a rock and sweeping, called Curling, could be such a nail-biting experience?

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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.

tennis two-handed backhand

January 23, 2015

tennis_backhand_female_by_al_lau
We are in the first week of the Australian Open, round of 16. Who do you hope to win? Personally, I hope American Isner can at least reach the finals, but of course, the big four would await him – Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal. On the ladies side, it would be cool to see Canadian Bouchard win it, but it will probably be Sharapova or Serena Williams.

My sketch depicts a two-handed backhand that is set just before the ball bounces directly in front of the player. When the ball is hit deep to the baseline of your opponent’s side, he or she has a split second to decide whether to hit it or let it go in hopes that the ball will go out of bounds. When you watch a game, you will see this as a tactic the pros use. Hitting deep also keeps your adversary from approaching the net and taking control of the point.

illustration: ski jumping

February 7, 2014

olympic_ski_jump_by_al_lau

Women’s ski jumping is being introduced into the Olympics at Sochi.  The inclusion of women in ski jumping is a break though for the sport.  So look out for this event, since women are smaller and lighter, they can actually fly further than men.

illustration: figure skating

January 23, 2014

olympic_figure skating_by_al_lau

Why does the Olympics captivate us so much? Personally, I think its because of the drama. Athletes from all over the world spend their entire lives practicing a sport that could make or break their chance for a medal, and the deciding factor can come down to a momentary lapse in concentration. This is especially true in the extraordinary skill of figure skating. Will he/she land the triple toe loop or the lutz jump? All in all the pros make it look effortless. Quite inspirational.

This is my little cartoon drawing of a figure skater who is edging in an arabesque spiral.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games begins on Friday February 7. Which sport are you looking forward to?

sketch: before the toss

January 22, 2010

Drawing of a side-view stance during the Australian Open, day 3.

sketch: tennis ready stance

January 20, 2010

Drawing of a player in preparation to receive a ball in the game of tennis.

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