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sketch: tennis bounce ball

January 26, 2020

tennis_bounce_ball_by_al_lau

G’day Mate! The Australian Open is happening down under now. All of the best tennis players, such as Osaka, Barty, Nadal and Federer, gather from around the world to compete on the biggest court stage. It is probably my favorite tennis tournament. Not just because it is a beautiful location but it is known as the “Happy Slam”. This is my drawing of a player bouncing the ball before a serve.

Who do you want to win?

sketch: tennis backhand

January 31, 2013

tennis-backhand-male-by-al-lau

This is a figure drawing I did during the Australian Open, studying the body position of the one-handed backhand.

Tennis pros like Richard Gasquet (French) and Stanislas Warwrinka (Swiss) both have amazing and powerful one-handed backhands. It requires more muscle strength and may not be as accurate, but it allows extra reach and ‘snap’ as opposed to the two-handed.

figure drawing: crouching

December 28, 2010

I revisited figure drawing this week.  It’s a good exercise for every artist to keep the skill of drawing people fresh, regularly. Even if the only place to find people is in a park or a coffee shop.  It helps with practicing important techniques such as proportions, perspective, shading and keeping a fluid line.

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