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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!

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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.

tennis backhand

January 9, 2015

tennis_brisbane_male_al_lau

This is my figural drawing of a two-handed backhand stance, arms pulled back, ready to thrust forward to hit the ball cross court.

Mark your calendar, tennis fans, the Australian Open is coming. The sport event is happening from January 19 to February 1.

sketch: the sweatband

June 5, 2014

tennis sweatband

tennis female standing

Roland Garros, aka the French Open, is happening May 25 to June 8.  This is my sketch of a tennis player. It has less action than my previous sport drawings, but it is a good exercise on a slightly elevated perspective of a figure.

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