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Forward – original charcoal rugby drawing

rugby drawing in charcoal of an england rugby player running for a try


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….

Forward (2) print


Rugby Mascot – England rugby original charcoal drawing

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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.

Rugby Mascot – original charcoal rugby drawing, completed commission

Rugby Mascot

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.

Junior rugby drawing – England mascot progress rugby drawing 

Getting there with this commission. I’ve been working from the left side in so that my hand doesn’t rub out the charcoal. All that remains is to work on the last figure – Chris Robshaw the England captain. I’ve started on his face but need to work down his body filling in the finer details  

Junior rugby drawing – progress drawing of England Rugby mascot 

My latest commission is coming along nicely. It was tricky to draw the following players and mascots because of the perspective. The men following were very small compared to the boy at the front. However, the boy is my focus so it frames him nicely.  I need to now continue on the detail for the front two figures. Then, this England rugby drawing will be complete.

Rugby Mascot – original rugby progress drawing 

This is the start of my next commission. A true challenge for a sports artist is not just catching a likeness but showing movement and vitality. Drawing the players and their mascots is a new one for me. Let’s hope it pays off 

Rugby sketch drawing – ink sketch

Rugby sketch

A quick ink sketch of a rugby player before beginning my next rugby commission.  I sketched it initially with a graphite pencil which I got a little carried away with.  Then I used 2 ink pens to find the darkest shadows and the mid shadows – this is how I draw so it helps to identify these shadows at the beginning.  To view my finished rugby drawings and prints follow this link: http://www.cricketandotheranimals.co.uk/collections/rugby