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
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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This week has all been about working through this very technical drawing. In the nick of time I figured out that you can work graphite with charcoal to help with those fine details on the very small faces. This is a drawing from an old black and white photo that has been commissioned by a customer in Texas, USA. The family will be reuniting again this year and he wanted it complete to share with them.
Here is a slides show of progress shots…
Here is the completed drawing, winding its way to Texas
Back to my botanical studies from life. This time snowberries, a lovely gentle bunch of berries found in most hedgerows in winter.
Finally I have some cricket mugs that I really love. Initially going for two of my most popular drawings – That Taylor Catch and Swept Away if they prove successful I will introduce more of my designs. Check out my collection on my website shop here or click on the image to follow the link.
Took a break on bank holiday Monday to go to a proper cricket match. Visiting Edgbaston for the first time we watched Warwickshire beat Somerset in the Royal London semi-final by only 10 runs so it was pretty close / tense.
It was great to watch Jonathan Trott again, haven’t seen him play for a while. I’ve been listening to county cricket commentary on my radio most of the summer so I know alot of names but not how they play.
My piece this week is a commission. Misbah Ul Haq performing his excellent reverse sweep shot. His class shot that he’s performed the world over. Here is the progress shots of the drawing as I work in my customary manner of building up the shade.
I also prepared a timelapse video of my drawing Misbah’s face. Unfortunately it did not record so I prepared another one drawing a different section…..
It’s a little bit wobbly but you get the general idea…..
Here is the finished piece, the original is sold but I have made 50 limited edition prints available. You can visit my website shop here or click on the image below to follow the link for prints.
On Friday mornings I am going to be drawing portraits from life. Something that I have wanted to try for a while. I will be in Two Doors Studio (Alsager) in their cafe to draw willing victims. Currently I can’t charge for this service as I am only practising, it is going to take a while to made the adaption from photographs to drawing from life. Hopefully this is something that I can eventually offer as a service. Here is photo of me concentrating very hard…
Although I have being working on the Misbah commission, my portrait drawing ‘The Glance’ was sold (very quickly) and much to my delight. I will make prints available of this drawing and let you know when they are ready….
It’s been great fun drawing this cricket art, I can safely say that every part of the drawing has gone exactly how I planned it. In part that was due to the fact that it was such a good action shot that it spoke for itself. Also, I knew from the outset what I wanted to achieve and where the focus was going to go. The original drawing is not for sale but I have made a run of 50 limited edition prints – if you are interested you can click here or click on the drawing to follow the link to my shop. Please note, the wording ‘limited edition print’ will not be on your print.
As I went along I have also been making progress clips that I have put all together in a video….
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