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Forward – original charcoal rugby drawing

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

Forward

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.

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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….

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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

Just in! – original pastel drawing of womens cricket

 

womens cricket drawing by cricket artist in pastel and oil

Just in!

My first colour painting of my favourite subject – cricket and my first women’s cricket drawing for quite a while.

This piece has been spinning around in my head for a while so its so good to see it in reality in front of me.  The inspiration for the piece came from watching video footage of England women’s Katherine Brunt diving to  make it safely behind the line.  Making figure sketches from the video and scrolling through reference photos of diving saves I finally came up with a shape that I wanted.  I have wanted for a while to do an abstract piece of cricket art.  This piece isn’t fully abstract but it’s getting there.  The reasoning behind it is that working on commissions for both cricket figure drawings and portraits the predominant motive is always to get a good likeness.  It’s something that I constantly battle with.  When someone sits for a portrait then often they are still and expressionless so a likeness is easier to measure and work on.  When they are in full movement and full of expression then they don’t always look like the person they are.  In these cases the likeness comes from the body and the body language.  Too often the clients struggle with that concept, expecting the face to look just like a portrait.  It’s a continuous frustration with me as the artist.  By working in abstract we move away from the ‘likeness battle’ and onto a much more personal interpretation.

The desire to produce a piece of abstract cricket art has been there for a few months but not a clue how to go about it.  Flicking through an artist magazine I came across an American artist called Michele Poirier Mozzone who went on a similar abstract journey as myself.  Wanting to work in abstract she spent 6 months trying to produce unfulfilling pieces that weren’t quite what she wanted.  One day she took pictures of her daughter swimming from underwater up to the sunlight.  The resulting photograph produced  beautiful abstract colours slicing through the water with the safe realism of an actual figure to work with.  It was perfect for her and set her on a new journey.

Reading her discoveries a clog clicked in my brain and I knew exactly what I wanted.  I contacted Michele to check out some technical points and the drawing ‘Just in!’ became a reality.

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Following Michele’s advice I produced a light oil paint wash which would show through subtlety the following pastel layers.  It took a little longer to dry than I planned, the figure was painted a bit heavier and would not accept the first layers of pastel until a bit more drying time was taken.

My pastels and working area.  For this drawing I was keen to use my new box of Unison pastels. Unfortunately I had purchased the pet portrait box so there was quite a few colours I wanted that weren’t there – looks like I’ll need to get another box 🙂 I also use Conte soft pastels, hard pastels and pastel pencils.  All pastels are great but the reason that I use Conte is that the soft, hard and pencil all match so you can use exactly the same colour in all forms.

Some progress drawings.

I hope you like this drawing and its journey, prints are available click here to go to my shop and  feel free to leave a comment….or check out more of my cricket art on my website

Wicket keeper original charcoal commission

Wicket keeper original charcoal drawing

This week I am working on a commission, it is a surprise wedding anniversary present for the subjects husband (he doesn’t really use social media so we are ok for updates.)

This is drawn with Nitram charcoal on Canson Mi Teintes paper. The size is 16 x 12 inches.  Here are some progress drawings…..

 I have also produced some short videos to show actual drawing at speed..

The piece is not yet complete, its on hold whilst I await some more reference photographs.


Portrait Drawing

Back to portrait drawing from life on Friday morning, although this time there was limited time so I had to take photos and draw it in my studio.  I have been dying to do this one as it is a real challenge.  Steve has glasses and a beard, a double challenge for a portrait artist..

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I have begun work on this one which should be complete in the week.


New Pastel Cat Drawing

Itching to get back into colour I have selected this drawing of a cat that I’ve kept hold of for a while.  I’ve changed the cat from its traditional tortoiseshell to a play with colours.  I wanted to contrast the emerald eyes with sapphire ears.  Here’s a clip video of the progress….

The completed piece has proved to be very popular.  It is available in my website shop as well as a limited number of fine art prints…

Click here to go to its page or on the image below..

an original pastel drawing of a tortoiseshell cat completed in conte pastels on pastelmat with green emerald eyes

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Cricket Art in charcoal & Open studios

I always feel better when I start a new cricket drawing, not sure why. I think it just feels comfortable and easy going.  This week I am drawing the wonderfully quirky image of the Pakistan Captain – Misbah Ul Haq doing his famous push up warm up before going in to bat.  His partner Shafiq walks past with a grin on his face.  It’s a great image.  Here’s some progress drawings where I am making scratchy marks for the shadow areas and the proportions..

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Adding the shadow areas and checking that the proportions are correct.

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The exhibition is carrying on at Bickerton, nice to see another red dot on one of my drawings and to see that my piece Owl Babies now has a new home.



This week I’ve been working on putting my limited edition prints onto canvas.  Its been a learning curve as I have never stretched canvas before.  I am able to print out on my printer for a canvas for 15 x 10 inch sizes but for bigger I would need to out source them.

Here’s the first one of ‘That Taylor Catch’ – I am really pleased with it, the colours are just as sharp as the prints on paper.  They can be bought like this or bought in a frame (more details of the framed pieces to follow)

canvas limited edition print of james taylor taking a catch at short leg

That Taylor Catch Canvas


On the 7th August I will taking part in an Art Fayre at the Lion Salt Works in Northwich.  A full day when I will have cricket drawings, prints, mugs and cards as well as my animal drawings and prints.  I went on a little visit to check out the venue.  It’s very smart, with a cafe and if you’re interested in the history of the place there’s a great museum.

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art fair at lion salt works northwich cheshire

Sales this week are:

The original of ‘That Taylor Catch’ is on its way to somewhere special as well as a print.

Cricket progress drawing in charcoal by cricket artist

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It feels great to be back in the studio and particularly to be doing a cricket drawing.  Obviously this is one of my classic dismissal drawings with the wickets flying with their customary flight.  Capturing motion in sport is a challenge but quite straightforward if you focus on what you can actually see happening.  This is drawn in charcoal (not compressed)

Womens Cricket drawing featured on the cricket magazine

Sports Liberated is an online magazine featuring women in sport.  Check out their latest online issue http://sportsliberated.com/2015/07/21/sports-liberateds-the-cricket-issue-38-page-digital-magazine-focuses-on-the-womens-game-womensashes/  which features one of my drawings on the front cover.

Womens cricket drawing by uk cricket artist

Next original cricket drawing – part 1

 
It’s time to do another cricket drawing. I love this shot. The batsman has prepared a sweep and is left awkwardly  dangling whilst the ball takes his wicket.  It’s a great moment.  I’m drawing it in pastel, currently 6 grey tones are involved.  The focus is on bat, ball and the batsman’s head position, the rest is like smoke and I’ll keep soft.  After putting down rough shadow shapes I am beginning to place more detail on it. The ball position you can probably predict as too are the bails.