My drawing of Eoin Morgan batting in the blast for Middlesex came as a result of wanting to produce another pastel cricket drawing. I love working in pastel from time to time but not all the time. There are restrictions that prevent me from working with them all the time. Firstly the mess, pastels are very dusty, the dust gets everywhere even my dog Charlie doesn’t like being in the studo when I’m using pastels and secondly colour matching is tricky, with oil paint I can mix up any colour I want but with pastels I’m restricted to the colours I have. Yes, I could buy even more pastels but since I only use them occasionally it doesn’t seem worth it.Continue reading
That’s for the World Cup – my painting giveaway why I did it, how I did it and would I do it again….
Giveaways are a big part of marketing. As an artist we are constantly under pressure to donate artwork, prints etc, offer discounts, free shipping and so on. It’s something that I have always avoided for two main reasons. Firstly I simply can’t afford it, I don’t earn enough from my artwork at this time to support myself and secondly I always think it devalues the artwork that my other collectors have paid full price for.Continue reading
Welcome to my cricket drawing ‘The Blast’ .
This was a bit of an impromptu drawing that ended up really well. I was watching and enjoying this years Blast T20 final at Edgbaston between Sussex and Worcester. Worcester went on to win the game but this is Sussex’s Luke Wright hitting a big six.
Rarely do I draw cricket art in colour but the colour and the razzmatazz of the competition lead to colour being on the cards.
The progress of my pastel drawings lately have been to prime gaterboard with pastel primer and an acrylic colour. This time a golden colour. It allows for the golden colour to light up the whole scene as the layers go on top. I then take a darker pastel ground and paint an underpainting of the main figure. This provides some depth to the batsman.
Once the under painting is dry I build up the colour totally focusing on complementary colours to provide harmony to the piece. It is not the same representing movement in pastel as it is in charcoal. The method I have found most effective is as painting movement and that is to let the pastel strokes go through the neighbouring colour which provides a more impressionistic piece.
The original piece is with Luke himself. Here’s a shot of him holding the original….
I have set up a run of 50 limited prints available from my website…..Click here to visit or on the image below
I originally drew this as a bit of fun. It was a moment of unusual reaction and passion from England’s captain Joe Root. Reaching a trying century in an ODI series against India he managed to secure it and an England win off the last ball.
Keeping the drawing loose with focus on the movement and drama of the situation it is drawn totally in charcoal on lily white pastel paper.
The drawing is available to buy along with limited edition prints from my website here
It was suggested that I complete a drawing of Ross Whiteley hitting a wonderful six sixes in the 2017 T20 Blast for Worcestershire CC. After viewing the over I decided to draw all six of the hits. It was a great challenge and the largest cricket drawing I have completed. Setting the hits out as in a cricket score book they are drawn in charcoal and white charcoal on light grey pastel paper.
This was a great challenge. Initially I was only going to complete one of the hits. After watching the footage I decided to sketch them out in my sketchbook with pencil and watercolour to get an idea of which hit I preferred.
Here is a shot where you can see the sketchbook open at a couple of hits…
I could not decide which hit to go for so struck on the idea of completing all six. At first I thought of producing a long narrow drawing with them all on in order. That may have proved tricky with prints and indeed to frame it (maybe another time) so then I thought of setting them out as in a score book, like a dice of six.
Here is a slide show of some of the shots…..
My biggest problem was simply the lack of detail. I could not make out any of the features of the cricket players or details of their clothes etc. I also wish it had been test cricket so I could add my signature red to the ball. However, I concentrated on the hits themselves. Hope you like it…
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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.
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
Whilst welcoming visitors to my studio through Cheshire Open Studios I have been continuing with my portrait from life practise. I visited Two Doors Studio in Alsager again on Friday morning, this time the second owner, Ruthie sat for me whilst I sketched away. We talked and talked, it was quite therapeutic but during the time I took lots of photos with my phone and began sketching. There was a certain look when she talked, gazing into the distance that I liked, a playful little light in her eyes…..
Here are some progress drawings..
and here is the finished portrait…
At the end of the week (23 – 25th September) I will be running my first art auction online. It is something that quite a few artists do via facebook. I have decided to keep it to my cricket drawings and prints initially to see how it goes. The purpose is to obviously make sales but also allow customers to possibly get some discounts and to get to see all the drawings and prints in one place.
If successful I will run another along with a selection of other artists to bring you original drawings and paintings in an auction style event.
Here is the link to my event – DON’T MISS OUT!
In line with the auction I am also working on an original cricket drawing. My first that will be available for sale for some time. ..here is a progress slides show..
The finished piece I have called ‘Extra Special’ as he is a very special cricketer and he is executing a great extra cover drive. Here is the finished piece, you can view it on my website in more detail here or click on the image below…
No sales this week but lots of excitement in the world of cricket as the County Championship comes to its conclusion. It’s my first year following championship cricket, I can’t really believe I have not followed it before. Previously I have only really followed England cricket and had began to listen to it on the radio via TMS as I worked in my studio. It is a great companion, light hearted, addictive, funny and a real breath of fresh air from all the rubbish usually on the radio.
Missing my test match special days I started listening to the county cricket coverage on Radio 5 Live Extra. It seems an age ago that I first listened to a cricket match at Durham where they went off for snow and you could hear the wind whistling around the commentary box through the radio broadcast. Living in Cheshire, without a first class county I have no real team to follow so kept an open mind. Having to get used to a whole host of local radio presenters was a challenge, some are better than others, some are very funny and sometimes it can get quite heated. All held together marvellously by Kevin Howells and the BBC radio team.
The real positives that I have to report are the following: I now have a better understanding of how players move up through the ranks – previously they had just turned up for England and I didn’t know their history. Now there’s a great range of talented cricketers all vying for national selection. The real passion and knowledge of county cricket comes across so strongly through the radio coverage – these broadcasters know so much, they’ve seen so much and they share that with us in such funny, brilliant ways. Finally due to the wonders of the internet you can follow the matches you choose, since most of them are broadcast on the bbc website. As a result the last few weeks of the season were so addictive and so compelling I’m surprised I got any work done.
My favourite moment had to be Cally (Yorkshire) explaining how the ground would empty at Scarborough in time for the B and B brigade to get back and get settled in time for the evening meal – usually about 6pm
My thought and word of wisdom is this – as a result I went to watch a county game at Warwickshire. I am a cricket fan and I have always been one. There isn’t a whole lot of unconverted cricket fans out there, but by making county cricket more exciting, more accessible (possibly cheaper) with more competitions and opportunity to watch it gives more of an opportunity of current fans to get along and watch.