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‘Hand Off!’ – my original charcoal rugby drawing direct from the sports artist

rugby drawing original art rugby artist

The drawing ‘hand off’ is completed.  I added a little red rose to show the England player.  It is completed in charcoal and white charcoal with the added bit of conte pastel for the emblem.  The drawing is available to purchase from my shop, click on the image to follow the link


Progress drawing (rugby)

rugby progress drawing in charcoal from rugby artist
Start of my next drawing, no title as yet.  This is the initial laying down of the charcoal to show the greatest areas of shadow.

Possession – original charcoal rugby drawing

rugby drawing with rugby catch from uk rugby artist

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.

Possession – charcoal rugby progress drawing

rugby drawing progress in charcoal by rugby artist
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.

‘Conversion’ – completed


This is now complete, the original is available to buy – click on the image to follow the link

Completed in charcoal and white pastel this is an original drawing.  The inspiration for the drawing came from a photo of England’s George Ford.  The anticipation of the kick and the sheer concentration at the center of a packed arena with millions watching is intense.  Its something that we can only imagine.  I wanted to capture the moment before the kick although at this point there is little movement occurring.

Converted Try


Start of my next drawing, I don’t normally like to draw sports people in a stationery position, however I liked the moment of anticipation in this shot. At this stage I have crudely laid down the main shade areas. It’s probably the most tricky part because before I put any charcoal on the paper I have to carefully measure how the figure is placed. Working out the middle point and the total width, ensuring it will fit on the paper and then how each part relates to each other. The hardest part is where to begin. I don’t like to start with the head because otherwise I get wrapped up in the portrait detail so I like to start with the darkest shadow.

Rugby drawing – ‘rugby tangle’ – original charcoal rugby drawing

I loved the reference photo for this one.  Such a tangle of bodies it was a real challenge to draw.  Some of players were obscured by other players in the field so I had to find other shots in similar poses to complete it.  It is drawn with charcoal on Canson pastel paper.
The drawing is mounted and framed in a dark wooden frame, external dimensions are 48 cm x 38 cm.
This would make a very special gift for any rugby player or fan or indeed any rugby club.
The original is available to buy – click on the image to go to my shop. 
Rugby Tangle