My latest cricket drawing has a focus on the moment when the batsman knows he has clipped the ball, glancing behind in the hope that it goes to ground and not to hand.
The drawing started off with a preliminary sketch in my sketchbook. Here I’m just making a loose sketch in watercolour to see how it works and to see if it will make a good finished piece…
It had all the potential for the drama of the moment that I like to capture in my drawings so I went ahead and started a full drawing. For my cricket drawings I work on Canson Mi Teintes pearl grey paper (the smooth side). I take sheets of A3 and cut them down if I need to. Here are progress shots of the piece…..
If you notice the original finished drawing actually had a bowler on it too. I decided that the bowler brought nothing to the drama and I found his pose a distraction so erased him from the finished piece, working him into the background instead. The finished piece can be purchased along with prints from my website shop here
This has been drawn with Nitram charcoal on grey Canson Mi Teintes paper.
It is 20 x 16″ framed in a black wooden frame.
The original & limited edition prints are available.
The inspiration for this drawing came from watching all the action in the recent six nations championship. I watch video of the action I prefer, freeze it where I want it and then take a screenshot. It is the most effective way of getting the exact image that I want. In this case I wanted to save that point where we are not really sure if the forward is going to get away from the defender and score the try. The force of action is represented with loose charcoal stokes.
Here are some shots of the work in progress….
When capturing movement in art there are some principles that I have learnt:
ensure some part of the body is grounded
avoid figures in the air.pay close attention on which parts of the body is moving, in real time we would probably see them as a blur, represent them loosely.
represent the muscle structure of the body accurately on parts of the body that are not moving as that is where the power comes from.
sometimes there is so much movement that you can represent the air around the figures moving instead. In such a case try to imagine the air around them as water, which parts would be disturbed and which parts of the air would be still.
There are also limited edition (50) prints available….
My original ballet drawing, Ballerina Waltz is now complete. She is drawn in charcoal with pastel skirts. The graceful elegance of ballet dancers are such a lovely subject for an artist, this was exciting with the ebb and flow of movement with the skirts. The original drawing is in auction on Daily Paintworks click here or on the image to follow the link.