I’m trying out a rooster for the first time. This is one of my entries into the Pastel Society of Ireland’s annual exhibition this year and I’ve just managed to get him finished on time! I photographed this guy in Gosford forest park earlier this year when I was there looking for red deer. I loved his pose and attitude and thought I would try a more abstract background focusing on nice colours. Hope you enjoy his progress.
|‘The Bluegrass Cockerel’ pastel on velour 19″x15″|
|My line drawing transferred onto the velour. You can see a bit of excess came off the page but not much. I’ve then tweaked my drawing further with pastel pencil and I’m ready to paint now.|
|I wasn’t sure how to go about the background so it has been a bit of an experiment. I used a lighter shade as the base colour and three lovely Unison shades of blue greens for the vertical marks.|
|Having never painted a rooster before the face took me ages! So many different shades of red and non of them quite right! This has been a learning curve!|
|Those tail feathers with lots of green and purple in the dark areas.|
|The piece finished and framed ready for the Pastel Society selection tomorrow. Fingers crossed it’s selected for the exhibition!|