Jan 11, 2012

How to Draw a Rooster

I’ve been trying to find a way to work roosters into an art class, and think this drawing in oil pastel will work well. The feathers look good with light sketchy lines and the red comb and wattle are easy to shade.
1. Have students very lightly sketch a center line on their paper in both directions just to use as a guide. The outline of the head is drawn.
2. The beak is added to the flat side of the head.
3. The comb is drawn on top.
4. The wattle and other details are added. When complete, all the lines are traced with a thick black permanent marker.
5. I colored my rooster with Portfolio® Oil Pastels, starting with a gold body, golden yellow beak and red comb and wattle. Sketchy lines were drawn on top with a medium brown pastel, and gray was added to the edge of the comb for shading. The background may be colored as desired.


sara's art house said...

I love this project!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

This is great! My 6 year old saw this and stopped what she was doing to draw a rooster :)

Aisha said...

Thanks for helping me! My art class needed me to draw a wind vane!

Anonymous said...

wondering how you keep your pastels from blending.... my daughter made one like this and had problems with the white and blue... suggestions? LOVE THIS BY THE WAY!! We did an old fashioned cat one too!

Kathy Barbro said...

That's a good point, I usually try to make images that are totally filled with color as I think it's almost impossible to keep white areas from smudging. I would delete the clouds if I had to do this over again. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.