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How To Paint A Rooster - Expressive Techniques

Abstract Rooster Painting Tutorials Using Acrylic Paint Techniques

Discover How to Paint A Rooster With Personality

In this tutorial you will learn how to paint a rooster that isn't trite, and boring. To make it happen I will share an approach that may help you add some personality and style rooster. See, here's the thing, to paint an expressive, or abstract style rooster requires technique and most importantly an approach to add an emotional connection. I'll break down this approach that works for me and perhaps it may benefit you as well.

Abstract Rooster Painting Tutorials Using Acrylic Paint Techniques

Developing Your Abstract Qualities - Time To Doodle

Unfortunately, many artists think they can bypass this step and just focus on creating finished art. Perhaps it's laziness, or maybe they just don't understand how to play and doodle. In any case I can assure you the more time you experiment and play the more abstract qualities you will discover.

Break out the charcoal, graphite, or any drawing medium and start connecting to details & features of the rooster.

  • What ever you do don't fall into the trap of drawing the entire rooster. This is not about composition, it's about connecting to features and smaller details.
  • Charcoal doodling will help develop what features and shapes interest me/you. It’s also about making a connection to the image as opposed to simply creating trite art that lacks personality.
  • Each time you paint the same image it should be different if you are truly painting in the moment and letting the artist, your creativity, have complete control. It’s so easy for the brain to get in the way of what can be a unique piece of art.

The idea behind the ‘pep talk’ is to share how important it is to spend quality time getting to know your subjects. This is where artists separate themselves from the painters.

Breaking Down The Rooster With Charcoal

  • Spend some time expressing the details and shapes you see.
  • Look at angles, shapes and how they relate to the edges of the paper/picture image.
  • Search for the subtleties of the rooster and make connections that will impact your painting.
  • Look at the angles and shapes of features and how they relate too each other.
  • It takes years to develop subjects - to really make them unique and personal.
  • Discover the areas you enjoy painting/drawing and take note of what you don’t like as well. It’s fine to include and omit as you please.
  • I’m not trying to draw an exactly what I see. It’s more of putting down my reaction to what I see - some emotion. This is more powerful in art than creating a replication of the image.
  • Using an iPad and/or computer are perfect for zooming in on features and details while images are not. If you have this available than try enlarging the image to focus on the areas that interest you.

Here is a series of charcoal doodles from the video tutorials:

Step Two - Breaking Down The Rooster With Acrylics

Now that you've spent quality time doodling with charcoal it’s time to play with color. The idea is to stay along the same lines as the charcoal exercise but now infuse brushwork and color. Things get more challenging here but it's well worth the effort and time. Again, this is how you develop your artistic voice while developing how to express the rooster in an expressive manner.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • It’s a common problem for artists to forget about line when they start using color/paint and brushes.
  • Painting loose is not a traditional technique - we do things in a unique and unconventional way.
  • Arbitrary colors are okay, right? Yes, bring it on.
  • It’s important to change your water often - or simply have reservoirs on the side ready to go.
  • I start to connect with the same features and details as I did in the charcoal sketch demos.
  • Acrylic sketching is all about exploring color and brushwork. Avoid painting exactly what you see.
  • Notice how loose I am with the brush. Letting it go and not getting attached to the image, or making things perfect.
  • This is not a composition sketch - we are still exploring details and painting features.
  • To add line I use the outliners. These are fantastic brushes for adding linear interest to your artwork. Now is the time to explore and find your creativity.

Now That's How You Develop Abstract Roosters

As you can see from the sketches doodling is the key. Pretty cool, huh? You now have permission to explore, play and have some fun. The more time you spend here the better your connections become and those abstract qualities will start to appear in your artwork.

Here are my acrylic sketching demonstration images. As you can see they are a hot mess and that's exactly what they should be. It's about finding my freedom and learning to take risks! I can't possibly achieve this painting finished art.

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