Second of my Christmas drawings to share with you. This is the trickiest composition to date and I was pretty chuffed with it. The subject of the drawing is the little boy who is the nephew of the customer – he was lucky enough to be selected as a mascot for one of the recent England rugby matches and the drawing was a surprise Christmas present for his mum. What made it tricky was two things, firstly the boy was smaller than Chris Robshaw but I needed him to draw the viewer’s eye. I solved this by putting my trade mark bit of colour as the red rose on his shirt. The second problem was the perspective, the players following Bailey were much smaller due to the angle yet they were big grown rugby players. My artistic eye kept screeching that this was not right and I had to check the perspective a million times. Mission accomplished! It is drawn in charcoal on Canson pastel paper (smooth side) with white conte pastel highlights and the red pastel completed in Conte hard pastel.
This beautiful rugby commission is now complete. It was quite a challenge, five faces in one picture but I really enjoyed doing it. The two front faces needed to be a good likeness. The man is Chris Robshaw the england rugby captain and the boy is the subject of the commission, he is the nephew of my client and this is a surprise gift for Christmas. I am pretty confident that it will not spoil the surprise on my blog, but I am keeping it off social media for now. You can see the commission framed on my website.
The drawing ‘hand off’ is completed. I added a little red rose to show the England player. It is completed in charcoal and white charcoal with the added bit of conte pastel for the emblem. The drawing is available to purchase from my shop, click on the image to follow the link
This is now complete, the original is available to buy – click on the image to follow the link
Completed in charcoal and white pastel this is an original drawing. The inspiration for the drawing came from a photo of England’s George Ford. The anticipation of the kick and the sheer concentration at the center of a packed arena with millions watching is intense. Its something that we can only imagine. I wanted to capture the moment before the kick although at this point there is little movement occurring.
Start of my next drawing, I don’t normally like to draw sports people in a stationery position, however I liked the moment of anticipation in this shot. At this stage I have crudely laid down the main shade areas. It’s probably the most tricky part because before I put any charcoal on the paper I have to carefully measure how the figure is placed. Working out the middle point and the total width, ensuring it will fit on the paper and then how each part relates to each other. The hardest part is where to begin. I don’t like to start with the head because otherwise I get wrapped up in the portrait detail so I like to start with the darkest shadow.
I loved the reference photo for this one. Such a tangle of bodies it was a real challenge to draw. Some of players were obscured by other players in the field so I had to find other shots in similar poses to complete it. It is drawn with charcoal on Canson pastel paper.
The drawing is mounted and framed in a dark wooden frame, external dimensions are 48 cm x 38 cm.
This would make a very special gift for any rugby player or fan or indeed any rugby club.
The original is available to buy – click on the image to go to my shop.
There may not appear to be much change but I have reworked the drawing today. That means going over each part, checking proportions, adjusting shade depth or lightness and making sure the drawing works and matches the picture i have created in my mind of the finished piece. This is one of the most important parts and where as an artist it’s important that I am my most critical. If something is not correct it needs correcting or dumping. There is really no point carrying on with a drawing that is incorrect otherwise I can’t progress as an artist. That does not mean that the finished piece will be perfect – far from it, but there are margins to work within and if something is outside one of those margins then it can’t work. It’s also about understanding what the audience will see, where their focal point will be and how to ensure that holds them and they aren’t distracted by other focal points or errors.