How to paint a rooster portrait

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I start with un-tempered (no oily finish) Masonite, found in better lumber yards, cut in my most common preferred sizes. I Gesso all of them and have them ready to paint upon. I prefer acrylic paint.

I draw my sketch on then start painting. As with my dog portraits, I think it's fun to start with the eyes. The. It feels like he's looking at me!

My favorite red is Napthol Crimson. Then I mix in a little Cad Yellow, Titanium white, and some I add Cad Red Deep to for darker richer shadows.

I never use a paint right from the tube. You can usually SEE the color within the color like my friend Sharon used to say.

These are the paint colors I used on my rooster...

I thought it's be most fun to do the face and waddle first. Fun to paint so much bright red!

Now he has a face! Next, the beak... Yellows, red, brown, white, blue will all appear in what would appear to be a yellow beak! "The colors within a color!"

And as long as I have some shades of yellow going, I'll lay on a base coat for his feathers.

Now his comb. I never paint in one sitting, but several small blocks of time. That's where plastic wrap & a spray bottle are essential, otherwise the mixed colors would dry out and be unusable fast!

I keep touching up as I go.

I used various strokes of brown mixtures, yellows, white to create the feathers. (sorry I didn't make more video this time... it slipped my mind. I DO have 3 other more in depth video on my website.

This is my other painting Snapguide “How to paint a dog portrait.” Check out for more painting tips & video.

A page from my dog portrait guide showing my workspace....

On portraits, I usually fill in the background last... a combination of colors.

Watch the video: Collaboration with Lori Fahy Art How to Paint Chickens Acrylic on Canvas


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