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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 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

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

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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

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