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sketch: tennis serve

June 1, 2017

tennis_female_serve_by_al_lau

My sketch is of a player in action, serving the ball. The ball is thrown so high that it is out of frame. French Open tennis is happening now. Don’t miss out on the action!

tennis two-handed backhand

February 3, 2017

tennis_two_hand_backhand_by_al_lau
The Australian Open had both awesome Men’s and Ladies’ finals. The Williams sisters faced each other again, like old times. And the veteran Men favorites, Nadal and Federer battled in a nail biting 5-setter. Those classic match ups may never happen again.

Being in the cold Northeast, I look forward to the tennis event from down under because I get cabin fever this time of year, in frigid Januaries, and that warm Aussie sun seems to shine through my TV screen and warm up my living room. You can also say, it is my superbowl.

My drawing of a tennis player is performing a two-handed backhand return shot. Swoosh!

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?

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!

tennis_male_rally_by_al_lau

I drew a male player rallying. The men’s and women’s finals are here in the second week of Wimbledon. Congrats to Gasquet for beating Wawrinka in a tight 5-set quarterfinal and making it to the final big four.

tennis nadal

In a competitive game, it is best to move forward and be offensive, but if your opponent pushes you back, then you are forced to become defensive. In my action drawing, with Nadal as my example, he is literally pushed back on his heels. There are still several moves to choose from, such as a defensive lob to stay in play or as Nadal likes to do, go for broke by hitting the ball down the line.

Indians Wells, in the desert of southern California, just began. It runs from March 12 to 22. Some call it the 5th Major and rightfully so with all the big names it draws.

Just last weekend, I was ice fishing and cross country skiing. Then, this week brought upper 40 degree temps, melting away the ice and snow. I can feel spring is around the corner. I’m ready warmers days (and tennis)! Are you? What activities are you looking forward to do?

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.

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