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Just in! – original pastel drawing of womens cricket

 

womens cricket drawing by cricket artist in pastel and oil

Just in!

My first colour painting of my favourite subject – cricket and my first women’s cricket drawing for quite a while.

This piece has been spinning around in my head for a while so its so good to see it in reality in front of me.  The inspiration for the piece came from watching video footage of England women’s Katherine Brunt diving to  make it safely behind the line.  Making figure sketches from the video and scrolling through reference photos of diving saves I finally came up with a shape that I wanted.  I have wanted for a while to do an abstract piece of cricket art.  This piece isn’t fully abstract but it’s getting there.  The reasoning behind it is that working on commissions for both cricket figure drawings and portraits the predominant motive is always to get a good likeness.  It’s something that I constantly battle with.  When someone sits for a portrait then often they are still and expressionless so a likeness is easier to measure and work on.  When they are in full movement and full of expression then they don’t always look like the person they are.  In these cases the likeness comes from the body and the body language.  Too often the clients struggle with that concept, expecting the face to look just like a portrait.  It’s a continuous frustration with me as the artist.  By working in abstract we move away from the ‘likeness battle’ and onto a much more personal interpretation.

The desire to produce a piece of abstract cricket art has been there for a few months but not a clue how to go about it.  Flicking through an artist magazine I came across an American artist called Michele Poirier Mozzone who went on a similar abstract journey as myself.  Wanting to work in abstract she spent 6 months trying to produce unfulfilling pieces that weren’t quite what she wanted.  One day she took pictures of her daughter swimming from underwater up to the sunlight.  The resulting photograph produced  beautiful abstract colours slicing through the water with the safe realism of an actual figure to work with.  It was perfect for her and set her on a new journey.

Reading her discoveries a clog clicked in my brain and I knew exactly what I wanted.  I contacted Michele to check out some technical points and the drawing ‘Just in!’ became a reality.

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Following Michele’s advice I produced a light oil paint wash which would show through subtlety the following pastel layers.  It took a little longer to dry than I planned, the figure was painted a bit heavier and would not accept the first layers of pastel until a bit more drying time was taken.

My pastels and working area.  For this drawing I was keen to use my new box of Unison pastels. Unfortunately I had purchased the pet portrait box so there was quite a few colours I wanted that weren’t there – looks like I’ll need to get another box 🙂 I also use Conte soft pastels, hard pastels and pastel pencils.  All pastels are great but the reason that I use Conte is that the soft, hard and pencil all match so you can use exactly the same colour in all forms.

Some progress drawings.

I hope you like this drawing and its journey, prints are available click here to go to my shop and  feel free to leave a comment….or check out more of my cricket art on my website

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Waiting to bat….

Waiting to Bat

This is the completed drawing of Harvey waiting to bat. I have photographed the final piece as it larger than my normal size so it won’t fit on the scanner.  The piece will now be framed ready for collection from the customer.  Apart from the obvious artist niggles I am quite pleased with the end result.  I wanted it to be impressionistic but as usual with portrait drawers I could not help myself and probably put more face detail in than I intended.  This moment is a whole range of emotions for all cricketers as anyone will tell you.  It is equally so for any junior cricketer.  I don’t know what happened when he did go into bat, it kind of doesn’t really matter at this moment, like all sports drawings its about capturing the moment – when he did bat, that was another range of moments.

Waiting – Part 3

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The drawing is getting more defined now. I’ve revisited all the shadow areas to sharpen them up. I’ve also used a charcoal pencil to define some finer lines around the face. Next step is to use the White pastel for the brightest highlights and complete the face detail.

Waiting – part 2

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Looking more human now I have gone back over the shadow shapes to begin to define them in terms of light, medium and dark tone. Not too concerned with face detail at the moment I will do that next stage. I want to maintain a vagueness and far off look for this one so I am not too concerned with every detail.

‘Waiting….’

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This is the start of my next commission. I am very excited about this one because it’s a full composition in that it isn’t just the figure or pet it is a complete picture. To be honest the reference photo is so lovely that I can’t think why the customer wants a drawing of it so I need to offer something different than a photo, I need to turn it into a true piece of art. I am focusing purely on shade for this one to give it depth and Impressionism. I have just finished blocking in roughly where the shadows are.  The boy is waiting to go in to bat, his face contains all the emotion that comes with that. Watch this space xx