End Zone Catch

This is a very humble and crude charcoal drawing of a receiver catching a football in the end zone. The questions sometimes arise from sports fans as to why I would draw something this simple and crude. Well, one of the reasons is that I get bored seeing the same old drawings and paintings of sports action in a traditional, finished and polished style. The idea of an artist is to capture the essential meaning or feeling of the image. So to draw or paint it like a photograph takes away from that idea. That is not to say that I did that in this drawing – but an attempt to do so in all of my work. It is in the trying.

Charcoal drawing of a football player by artist John Robertson is 18" x 24" on paper.

Football charcoal drawing of Running Back # 34

There has been a lot of good running back wearing the number 34 on their backs. The ones that come to mind are: Walter Payton, Earl Campbell wore it a short bit of time, Joe Perry (old timer), Ricky Williams, Thurman Thomas and of course the great Nolan Ryan (oops wrong sport)
Preliminary drawing for large football painting
Charcoal drawing of a running back wearing number 34.
Football Art by artist John Robertson is 12" x 18" on paper.

A Cool Brees Forcasted for the Super Bowl in Miami

Football Sports Art by Artist John Robertson
charcoal drawing of football players
Regardless of the Score or Situation Drew Brees Exudes Leadership
If I made sixty million dollars for six years to play football for the New Orleans Saints and was starting to run out of time, the last position I would want to play is quarterback - even if I was Drew Brees playing in the Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday. I would like to keep my teeth and legs in one piece. You would not find me walking onto a field and saying to guys like, Indianapolis Colts’ tandem defensive ends, Dwight Freeney (who will probably start) and Robert Mathis, "I’m standing here. Catch me if you can." Because they can catch me – I would not want to walk away from each football game having to ice my whole body. There are easier ways to make ten million dollars a year.
I fully understand guys that take the money and run. But Brees just stands in that pocket – waiting. Drew waits like some hunter waiting for a charging elephant to get close enough before firing off a shot. Me? I’d be out of that pocket so fast. I am not hanging around for that three hundred and twelve pounds of the Colts Defensive Tackle Daniel Muir to come plowing through the Saints’s line. No way.
I would not assume that middle linebacker Gary Brackett is too small to be effective. You may not know this – although the male lion is larger and is the king, it is the lioness that eats first. Brackett has the same great instincts and is "hard-nosed" enough to dominate – whether it is blitzing or covering a receiver he can intimidate a quarterback.
There are safer activities than playing quarterback in the NFL – jumping off a bridge with a big rubber band tied to your ankles or free climbing the face of El Capitán (look mom, no rope) - There must be a better way to finish off the last couple of years of the sixty million dollar contract. If it were me I’d want to be on the sidelines sending in hand signals to a back-up quarterback or, if I must be in the game I’d like to be the placekick holder.
Why is Drew Brees out on the field taking the hits? He likes to throw a football. It is what he is about. Runners run. Kickers kick. Fighters fight. Quarterbacks throw. Brees leads, others follow. I watch.

Football Art Quarterback Joe Namath Charcoal Drawing

Quarterback, Quarteracks, football images, football art, Joe Namath Preliminary drawing for a large painting of Joe Namath of the New York Jets. The drawing is 24" x 18" charcoal on paper. If you want to see the finished painting tht is 8 feet tall by 3 ½ feet wide please visit my web site at http://www.johnrobertsonsportsart.com/

Football Art - Linebacker - Charcoal Drawing

Preliminary drawing for a large painting that you can see further down on this blog. The drawing is 24" x 18" charcoal on paper.. Number 66 linebacker. I am not sure who this drawing represents. Three good ones come to mind. Clyde Turner (Chicago Bears ,Ray Nitschke (Green Bay Packers) or Billy Shaw (Buffalo Bills). In the end I prefer Ray Nitschke of the Green Bay Packers. That is because I spent a couple of weeks in Green Bay in the early 60’s and went to the daily workouts on Lambeau Field. At the time they allowed the public to sit right on the bench with the players during workout. It was fun to be so "up close and personal" with the players.

Football Art Running Back Charcoal Drawing

Preliminary drawing for a large painting that you can see further down on this blog. The drawing is 24" x 18" charcoal on paper.. Number 28 running back. I’m not sure who this art represents. Three good ones come to mind. Marshall Faulk running back for Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, running back Darrell Green, Washington Redskins or running back Curtis Martin who played for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.