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sketch: forehand stance

July 15, 2017

nadal_forehand_stance_by_al_lau
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.

sketch: tennis forehand

June 10, 2017

tennis_forehand_stance_by_al_lau

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.

two_handed_backhand_by_al_lau

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.

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: tennis receive stance

November 20, 2015

tennis_male_receive_stance

My drawing today is of a male player in receiving stance. Even though the weather is getting colder, I can’t stop thinking about tennis. In fact, I continue to play indoors when possible. Besides, tennis players make awesome figural drawing subjects.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is happening now, from November 15 to 22. It is the last big tournament before all of the players take much needed rest (for a only month) until the season begins again in the new year. Jeez, tennis players are the hardest workers in sports. Their entire season lasts 11 continuous months. Once they finish a tour in one country, they are off to another country. On the plus side, it is an awesome way to see the world.

tennis receive stance

January 30, 2015

tennis_receive_stance_male_by_al_lau

The Australian Open was filled with early upsets with likes of Federer and my favorite, Nadal. Both top seeds have well-rounded games, but sometimes, the player with the faster and flatter serve will be the one to advance. It’s hard to imagine being on the receiving end of a 125+ MPH serve. Today, my drawing is a player who is about to receive one of those mega serves.

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