Rooster Booster

Hello all. For this week, I’ve focused on the future, in particular, the turnover of Chinese New Year 2017. The year 2017 will be the year of the rooster. It is yet to happen obviously, but I was inspired by rooster paintings and videos on the internet and I thought I’d do my own. Here’s what I did!

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Firstly, I watched a few videos about roosters and chickens. No, I haven’t gone mad (though I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed watching), but I did this as research to help me understand how a rooster moves and holds it’s natural posture. Gaining this insight allowed me to draw a more convincing looking rooster.

Whilst watching the videos I would pause from time to time in order to sketch some interesting positions. Above, you can see the resulting sketches.

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Using the sketches, I made my take of two Chinese Brush style paintings, appropriate for the subject of Chinese New Year. The top one has more hot colours in it to symbolise it being the year of the fire rooster. The pose is also unusual: I was attracted to this pose and wanted to paint it because it looked more dynamic.

Lastly, I added some Chinese calligraphy, (please note, I’m not a chinese calligrapher in the least…). Apparently, it means ‘rooster’, I tried to draw it from existing calligraphy I saw on the internet which was written in black ink. I used three colours loaded onto one brush to achieve the gradient effect… again this is to reflect fire.

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This one is more traditional in stance. Roosters standing on one leg (particularly on a rock) are more traditional in Chinese Brush painting. I’m slightly dissappointed with the lack in depth of the rock I painted, however, I can forgive myself as the rooster is the main focus here. I am pleased with the spontaneity incorporated into it’s construction though. (Please excuse the rips in the paper on both paintings.)

I have to admit that I don’t have that signiature flowing style associated with Chinese Brush painting, though I did have a lot of fun doing my version of it.

Well, that’s it for now, I do hope you enjoy my work. Please feel free to leave any comments. Thank you for stopping by and I shall see you next time. Bye for now!

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