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October 5, 2019

postcard_tennis_set_by_al_lau

I have been building a collection of tennis sketches over time. I look back at my early drawings and think, oh my god, what was I thinking? Needless to say, my earlier work left a lot to desire.

I’ve always observed tennis players as good exercises in figure drawing. As they say, draw what you enjoy. Right?

More recently, I am happier with the results of my studies in proportion and action, and I decided that they are finally worthy enough to make into prints. I also left my sketches as line drawings, without painting them, keeping it raw and simple. Kind of a departure from my other subject matter. In fact, they are now available at my store as a set of 4 postcards. Check it out :)

What do you you think?

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forehand_return_by_al_lau

The US Open Men’s and Women’s finals are on this weekend. Who do you want to win the tournament?

My drawing is of a player, staying low, to perform a forehand return. Much like Osaka’s brilliant technique which she used to beat Madison Keys in the semi-final. This was a fun sketch to do because of the simplicity and flowing lines to capture the human form in action.

tennis_running_forehand_by_al_lau

It is too bad American John Isner does not advance to the Men’s final after his epic battle with Anderson yesterday. Isner has the record of the longest game in tennis history, against Mahut at 11 hours and 5 minutes. And now his semi-final match with Anderson is the second longest in major history at 6 hours and 36 minutes. Yikes!

Andy Roddick was the last American to reach the Wimbledon finals when he played against Federer back in 2009. That was an epic battle in itself. It was Isner’s goal to be known more than for his record long matches, and to be the first American since Roddick to reach the Wimbledon finals. I applaud you Isner for almost accomplishing that feat.

This weekend is the Wimbledon finals. Any guesses of who will win this year? Djokovic, Nadal or Anderson? Kerber or Serena Williams?

My fun little drawing is a player preparing to do a running forehand.

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.

forehand_topspin_by_al_lau

We are midway through the Wimbledon Championships and there is much more great Round 3 matches to come, including the big four – Nadal, Murray, Djokovic and Federer.

My drawing shows a player swinging a forehand motion with heavy topspin. Don’t underestimate smaller players in tennis. They can pack a big punch!

tennis_female_forehand_topspinz_by_al_lau

For the long holiday weekend, I’ve been glued to the telly, watching Wimbledon, and playing tennis and grilling. I gave myself sometime to do a sketch of a tennis player, swinging a forehand winner with extra of topspin.

How are you enjoying this holiday?

Happy Fourth of July, all!

tennis_female_forehand_swingback_by_al_lau

After watching the Australian Open, recently, I was inspired to draw a player being on the offensive. There are many female players on the tour who are so petite, yet can pack a lot of power in their volleys. In my illustration, she is charging the net and committing to an aggressive forehand swing to win the point on her own terms.

I’m having cabin fever. The weather in the Northeast is frigid. Temps are in the teens with windchill making it feel minis 20. Can’t wait to get outdoors again and play sports.

Happy Prez Day AND Happy Valentines Day All!

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