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drawing: my cat mochi

September 30, 2021

It’s a lazy day at the cabin. The autumn leaves are starting to change here in the Upstate New York mountains. A bit too chilly to go paddling because of a cold front. So I am bonding with my cat, Mochi, and doing a little drawing of her. I have to say that it is nice to get back to my artwork.

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Have a nice early fall day!

sketch: tennis waiting

August 23, 2020

tennis_waiting_by_al_lau

It’s been a while since I did some drawing. Sorry to my followers who seek my artwork, which is originally why I started this blog site. I have just been concentrating hard on my outdoor video channel, that is my other hobby, being a YouTube creator. But as you probably noticed, I combined by outdoor/nature art with my outdoor/nature videos, under one blog. I am trying to get to 1000 subscribers, and it is really hard work. I’ll talk about more some day if anybody is interested.

Anyway, today, I just wanted to do a sketch of a tennis player. Usually, I draw them in action, but this player is just standing around, waiting for the game to begin. Perhaps it is symbolic, in my mind, saying when are things going to get back to normal?

I hope you all are enjoying this summer, despite the circumstances.

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 postcards

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?

tennis_receive_by_al_lau

Can you believe the summer is almost over? I can’t.

Anyway, at this time of year, the US Open tournament action commences in Queens, New York. Two weeks of the world’s best athletes competing on the biggest stage. As a big fan of tennis, I draw a female player in a receiving stance. She is ready to hit an aggressive return.

What sport do you enjoy to watch, or play?

sketch: cat eyes

May 19, 2019

cat_face_by_al_lau

My cat, Mochi is always on high alert. She is startled by the slightest sound. She posed for my portrait drawing while she stared at birds outside the window. And as you can see, she has the biggest eyes.

Yes, I named my cat after the delicious Japanese ice cream dessert :)

sketch: cat sleeping

May 10, 2019

cat_sleeping_by_al_lau

To be a cat means having a good life. People love them. People take care of them. In some cultures, people worship them. And my cat is no exception.Β  I did a sketch of my cat sleeping, enjoying her good life. Even when asleep, cats twitch and shuffle around, which forces me to sketch quickly. But that is a good exercise in creating a loose free-flowing line in tight time constraints.

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.

sketch: wwii fighter plane

August 24, 2018

wwii_fighter_plane_by_al_lau

I was on vacation, waiting for my flight at Midway airport in Chicago, and I see a WWII fighter plane hanging from the ceiling of the terminal. It’s a perfect time to draw something different :)

I hope everybody is having a great summer and fun travels!

sketch: tennis serve

June 30, 2018

tennis_serve_by_al_lau

It’s that time of year for Wimbledon! Tennis coverage begins at 7am EST Monday July 2 on ESPN.

My drawing is of a lady tennis player getting ready to serve an ace. Tennis is my favorite sport to sketch. Have you noticed?

Happy 4th of July, everybody!

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