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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!

drawing: go cubs go!

November 4, 2016

the_cubs_batter_by_al_lau

This was the best World Series as far as entertainment and the history of the two teams involved. Both have not won a Series in a very long time. And both teams were clearly at the top of their game.

It was an uphill battle for The Cubs. Having lost twice at home at Wrigley Field and deflating hopes of their fans, The Cubs had to comeback by winning two games just to even the series out, in Cleveland. They prevailed and it went sevens games for the decider.

The seventh game wasn’t without its drama. The Cubs had a nice lead, but then in the eighth inning, the Indians evened the score 6-6, and then a rain delay came. Perhaps, this gave The Cubs time to collect themselves because they punctuated their determination by scoring two more points in the 10th and final inning.

The 108-year-old curse for the Chicago team was finally broken! Congratulations to The Cubs!

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!

sketch: backhand

July 7, 2016

tennis_male_backhand_by_al_lau

The second week of Wimbledon is happening now. I was excited that Americans, both on the men’s and women’s side, made it into the second week of the world’s best tennis event .

Serena Williams has been the most consistent American lady to appear deep into the tournament. But at the age of 35, who knows how much longer she will play? Thanks to a whole group of up-and-coming talented American ladies, there is much to look forward to, in players such as Madison Keys and Christina McHale.

The last American man to make it to the finals was Andy Roddick, back in 2009. Unfortunately, he had a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in 5 sets. I wish Andy would come back from retirement and give it another go.

This is my sketch of a male player in a prepared stance for a backhand swing.

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!

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.

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