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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!

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!

sketch: golf swing

June 25, 2015

golf_swing

My sketch today shows the fluid motion of a golf swing.

It is inspired by Jordan Spieth for winning two majors in the same year. Not only that. He was also the youngest player at 21 to win both since Bobby Jones in 1923. This past weekend Jordan won the US Open golf tournament in Washington state which was quite an achievement given the Mars-like terrain they were playing on, dry and barren.

tennis backhand

January 9, 2015

tennis_brisbane_male_al_lau

This is my figural drawing of a two-handed backhand stance, arms pulled back, ready to thrust forward to hit the ball cross court.

Mark your calendar, tennis fans, the Australian Open is coming. The sport event is happening from January 19 to February 1.

golf_swing_rearview_by_al_lau

This drawing of mine is inspired by the recent Ladies US Open Golf Tournament. Congrats to Michelle Wie. This is her first major LPGA title.

sketch: golf swing

July 19, 2012


In the sport of golf, it takes skill to thrust the ball at the right trajectory to reach the region of the next hole, in the meantime, avoid obstacles such as trees, bodies of water and bunkers.

The model reference I use looks like a young boy in my rough sketches. Although, it is actually inspired by Na Yeon Choi, a compact, yet powerful South Korean female. Choi recently won the US Women’s Open in Kohler, Wisconsin.

In this exercise, I do three sequential sketches as a study in figural motion of the player’s swing – from the backswing, to the point of contact, to the follow through. Hopefully, the three frames together, as a set, would achieve an animated effect.

The French Open tennis tournament is currently going on.  Ana Ivanovic inspired this drawing of mine.  Unfortunately, the former number one, and winner of the 2008 French Open, is not advancing past the early rounds.  Ivanovic has one of the best forehands on the tournament, but her serve needs improvement.  Her toss is erratic, causing too many errors.

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