I must not have used any muscles all winter long b/c this morning I am SORE!
So, I wanted to take you through a fun rooster project. I hope you'll try it!
Grab a rooster photo from your neighbor's henhouse, sketch it out or lightbox it and give it a whirl.
Using a larger round brush (I was using a #12) quickly work in sections, loosely laying on your base blues and purples. Tilt your board a bit or prop it up so that your colors blend without you having to mess with it. Let the paint do the work.
Colors: cerulean blue, paynes gray, viridian green (in the tail), violet
Dry this wash before you start the next one!
Colors: Hooker's green mixed with bunt umber, new gamboge, lemon yellow, viridian green
Wash your brush well in between colors and change your water if it's getting too muddy. Dirty water will make your painting look dingy and you want to keep the vibrant colors.
On the stones, I used Burnt Sienna and Burn Umber
Colors: Payne's Gray, Violet, Burn Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson
I also deepened some of the colors on the rooster here, still not getting too caught up in the details.
Your painting MUST be completely dry before doing this. With clean water, a tissue and a smaller brush, start softening the lines, edges and some of the feather patterns. Work on one place at a time. Soften an edge with clean water, gently scrubbing at the line of paint until it comes up and then dab it with a tissue. This process can be a bit time consuming, but it really makes your artwork look finished.
I always like to soften up some circles in bushes or trees, soften up the spot on the rooster's back where the sun is shining, wherever you feel that the painting needs some TLC.
I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial. Feel free to share it with others.
Let me know if you have any questions.