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.
Completed in vine charcoal with white pastel highlights and pastel for the ball, the surface is high quality Strathmore grey toned drawing paper. I have called this drawing ‘possession’, as two players scramble for the ball trying frantically to gain the upper hand. Sport is all about moments linked together, in a match there are many key moments that tell their own individual story. For these two players its all about gaining possession of the ball, I am not sure who succeeded, that is the burning question that this key moment creates. I have based this drawing on a shot from the England vs Figi game in the Rugby World Cup but it could be any two players in any two teams. This would make a wonderful gift for any rugby fan or rugby club. To purchase the drawing click on it to follow the link to my website shop.
Start of my next drawing. This time not cricket but rugby from the rugby World Cup. This is such a great scene, 2 players jumping up and wrestling for the ball. So far I have placed the darkest parts of the charcoal, next will be to work on the mid tones, altering the proportions as we go along.