When you paint or draw a likeness on a figure painting then you are often working in an area that is barely 1-2 inches square. I generally don’t like to do it, it’s not avoidance it’s simply that if the face is obscured or turned away then the viewer focuses much more on the figure which makes a more successful piece of art. The process is the same as painting a portrait, as big a brush as you can and start laying down your base marks.
Limited Edition Prints are now available for my popular drawing – ‘Bowled Him!’ Prints are limited to 195, they are printed on Hahnemuhle high quality fine art inkjet paper (A3 size). They would make a wonderfully unique gift for any cricket lover or cricket club. Click on the image to be taken directly to the print page.
This is an original drawing. It is completed in vine charcoal with white pastel highlights and red conte pastel for the ball. There are many great moments in an Ashes series and this is one of them. The figure is based on England’s Joe Root being smartly bowled. He has misjudged a ball that has kept low. Australia’s Steve Smith watches on intently from his slip position, yet to react to the decisive dismissal. I wanted the fielder to remain in the background, almost a spectator to this defining moment in the game so I blended his figure discreetly into the background. It has worked well with the chaotic crash of the wickets contrasting with the intense concentration of the fielder.
The original is now sold, limited edition fine art prints are available. To purchase prints click on the image to be taken to my website Shop.