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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?

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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.  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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