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More charcoal portraits from life, drawing Moeen Ali and thoughts on County Cricket…

Whilst welcoming visitors to my studio through Cheshire Open Studios I have been continuing with my portrait from life practise.  I visited Two Doors Studio in Alsager again on Friday morning, this time the second owner, Ruthie sat for me whilst I sketched away.  We talked and talked, it was quite therapeutic but during the time I took lots of photos with my phone and began sketching.  There was a certain look when she talked, gazing into the distance that I liked, a playful little light in her eyes…..

Here are some progress drawings..

and here is the finished portrait…

original charcoal portrait of a lady woman drawn from life wearing glasses

Ruthie


At the end of the week (23 – 25th September) I will be running my first art auction online.  It is something that quite a few artists do via facebook.  I have decided to keep it to my cricket drawings and prints initially to see how it goes.  The purpose is to obviously make sales but also allow customers to possibly get some discounts and to get to see all the drawings and prints in one place.

If successful I will run another along with a selection of other artists to bring you original drawings and paintings in an auction style event.

Here is the link to my event – DON’T MISS OUT!

https://www.facebook.com/events/235281573540614/

 In line with the auction I am also working on an original cricket drawing.  My first that will be available for sale for some time. ..here is a progress slides show..

 

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 The finished piece I have called ‘Extra Special’ as he is a very special cricketer and he is executing a great extra cover drive.  Here is the finished piece, you can view it on my website in more detail here or click on the image below…

original charcoal drawing showing movement of a batsman hitting a cricket ball by uk cricket artist

Extra Special


No sales this week but lots of excitement in the world of cricket as the County Championship comes to its conclusion. It’s my first year following championship cricket, I can’t really believe I have not followed it before.  Previously I have only really followed England cricket and had began to listen to it on the radio via TMS as I worked in my studio.  It is a great companion, light hearted, addictive, funny and a real breath of fresh air from all the rubbish usually on the radio.

Missing my test match special days I started listening to the county cricket coverage on Radio 5 Live Extra.  It seems an age ago that I first listened to a cricket match at Durham where they went off for snow and you could hear the wind whistling around the commentary box through the radio broadcast.  Living in Cheshire, without a first class county I have no real team to follow so kept an open mind.  Having to get used to a whole host of local radio presenters was a challenge, some are better than others, some are very funny and sometimes it can get quite heated.  All held together marvellously by Kevin Howells and the BBC radio team.

The real positives that I have to report are the following:  I now have a better understanding of how players move up through the ranks – previously they had just turned up for England and I didn’t know their history.  Now there’s a great range of talented cricketers all vying for national selection.  The real passion and knowledge of county cricket comes across so strongly through the radio coverage – these broadcasters know so much, they’ve seen so much and they share that with us in such funny, brilliant ways.  Finally due to the wonders of the internet you can follow the matches you choose, since most of them are broadcast on the bbc website.  As a result the last few weeks of the season were so addictive and so compelling I’m surprised I got any work done.

My favourite moment had to be Cally (Yorkshire) explaining how the ground would empty at Scarborough in time for the B and B brigade to get back and get settled in time for the evening meal – usually about 6pm

My thought and word of wisdom is this – as a result I went to watch a county game at Warwickshire.  I am a cricket fan and I have always been one.  There isn’t a whole lot of unconverted cricket fans out there, but by making county cricket more exciting, more accessible (possibly cheaper) with more competitions and opportunity to watch it gives more of an opportunity of current fans to get along and watch.

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Cheshire Open Studios

This week is all about getting ready for my Open Studio event which starts on Saturday.  I have no idea how it is going to go.  I hope I make some sales but I am equally looking forward to meeting other artists if they come and visit.

I have been lucky with the weather, a couple of nice calm and sunny days.  My artwork is on display and I’m working on a portrait drawing whilst welcoming visitors..

Whilst I am putting up posters and completing health and safety checks I am still working on my ‘Fruit Salad’ pastel drawing.  It’s taking shape and looking bright and wholesome as I hoped….

Finally on Thursday I completed the drawing.  It was such a wonderful piece to draw that tested all my skills and understanding of perspective and proportion.  Someone told me that it made her mouth water looking at it.  Here is the finished piece which is up for sale on my shop, you can see it in more detail here  or click on the completed image below

original pastel drawing of a collection of fruit still life

Fruit Salad


A quote I read this week can be applied to so many things not just art:

“ORIGINALITY: Don’t worry about your originality.  You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to.  It will stick to you and show you up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.” (Henri)


Sales this week….

a framed print of ‘Unbelievable’

brendon-mccullum-dismissal-framed

 

 

Misbah Ul Haq – push up warm up & preparing for artfair.

I can’t believe I have not finished my drawing of Misbah’s push up warm up but I have been busy with print sales this week and preparing for my art fair on Sunday.  However the bits I have been working on have been quality.  Here is a timelapse of me drawing Misbah himself.

 


On Sunday I am attending the first art fair for Cheshire Makers which is being held at the Lion Salt Works in Northwich.  Art fairs are a great opportunity to meet your public, to network with other artists and showcase your art (if you’re lucky you might also get some sales!)  This is where I am this Sunday…


I’ve been working on trying out my oil painting skills – very mixed results.  Trying to paint a dog was particularly interesting because I know how to draw a dog but not how to use the paints properly.  It’s great having a go at another medium but can also be frustrating when you don’t immediately get the results that you want (it’s also expensive).

I’ve put it to one side for now, I could scrap it or finish it.  I can’t help but think that it would make a wonderful pastel drawing instead ….

Cat and Mouse – original charcoal drawing

I am delighted to be able to share my completed drawing.  It has turned out amazingly well, with being just as I pictured it.  The finished piece is available to purchase from my website shop, click here to be taken there or click on the image – prints are also available. The watermark is not on the original or prints.

charcoal drawing of a cat looking into a mousehole with the silhouette of a mouse in shadow

Cat and Mouse

I have also prepared a video to show the progress of this drawing which I am very proud of. Generally people enjoy seeing the artist at work, that can’t be done most of the time so these little timelapse and clip videos are a perfect way of showing how you work and give a degree of authenticity to the drawing.

 

T20 Rocket – progress charcoal cricket drawing

This is mid progress, there is still alot of work to do.  Currently there is too much charcoal on the paper so the next major job is to do lots of blending to create mid tones, the face needs more work and then the wicket keeper – who will remain in shadow but still needs defining.

progress charcoal drawing of a cricket batsman hitting a six with the wicket keeper watching

Progress Drawing

How a Dalmatian got it’s spots… Clip video of pencil Dalmatian drawing 

This is a little clip video of progress on a pencil drawing.  I took photos as I went along which show nicely how I work my drawings from laying down the initial shade and the proportions to finalising the dark detail.  At no point do I really work on the white or light parts, building everyone up from the tone instead.

The drawing is only 5 x 5″ which forms part of a new range of smaller gift size commissions which I will launching this week.

Wedding portrait drawing – progress

I have worked all day yesterday on this drawing, after initially being afraid to do it I can’t wait to get back to it.  I have been snapping away at my progress and put together this little time lapse video of progress so far.