Today I couldn't resist the look of a cocky Cockerel - the way they cock their head with an intent look!
Working on a quality Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Paper, I hand draw the shapes and directional lines of the cockerel. Keeping in mind that I had pre-cut the paper to fit the aperture of the double mount, I had be careful on the first mark in relation to the composition of the final rooster.
After being happy with initial shapes and character of the rooster, I progressed with yet my favourite next stage of tonal values and textures. Charcoal lends it's hand at this, as it is so forgiving and allows you to add/take away, until you achieve your final goal - form.
When I'm happy at this stage and can push the charcoal no further, I then add highlights and learn to 'walk away' when I hesitate and add marks for 'the sake of it'!
My rooster finally was complete..... staring directly into the viewers eyes!
6 x 6 inches on Murano Pastel Paper.
The rooster will be placed in a quality cellowrapper, together with my business card, ready to be photographed and placed on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lindapitcherfineart?ref=l2-shopheader-name