We are going to paint the golden feathers on the Rooster. This is part of the 10, 20, 30 minutes to paint series, the Rooster. This segment will take about 20 minutes.
Ready to add a golden gleam to our pretty rooster feathers? Today we paint Golden Feathers on our Rooster! We will also touch on a few other areas. This painting lesson is about 20 minutes long but you could easily pause in the middle if you like.
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Paint Supplies for this segment
Donna Dewberry one stroke brush set
Plaid Folk Art Paint:
School Bus Yellow
Recoat comb and wattle
Using Cardinal red and the #10 flat brush add another layer of paint to the Roosters comb and wattle. This will brighten the red a touch. Add a touch of Pure Orange to give some highlights.
Under tail Feathers
We will be using, primarily, the #10 flat brush but if you wish you could also use the #12. Use whichever brush is comfy for you in these areas.
Double load the flat brush with Raw Sienna and Yellow Ocher. With the Yellow Ocher leading, create feathers in the area under the tail using chisel strokes.
Once you have stroked in the lowest feathers, reload the brush and overlap them with the same type chisel strokes but lead with the Raw Sienna. Can you see the difference in color, merely by flipping the brush?
Bum and Neck Feathers
To paint the bum feathers, start with the same two colors, Raw Sienna and Yellow Ocher. Using chisel strokes build the feathers upwards just as you did the previous section. Add a touch of School bus yellow to add a touch of brightness to the yellows.
As you get higher add a touch of Pure Orange and Cardinal Red in with some strokes.
On the neck feathers begin with some Raw Sienna and Yellow Ocher along with the cardinal red and Pure Orange to create depth along the bottom edge. Add School Bus yellow as you get a bit higher.
Right below the comb go back to a tad darker color, just a touch. Do no over stroke or fill in every single gap, let some of the under coat show through.
Highlight Comb and Wattle
Using a blend of Cardinal Red and Pure orange, touch in some highlights on the Rooster comb and wattle. If you feel it is not light enough touch in just Pure orange.
Using the corner of your brush and Yellow Ocher recoat the eye and beak.
Add a touch of Raw Sienna on one corner of your brush and bring in some shading on the right side of the legs and the bottom edge of his beak.
Deepen the Tail
Using Licorice alone and the #12 flat brush, pull some strokes along the base of some of the tail feathers. This will add some drama and deepen the color on some. Don’t do this to every tail feather, only on some.
Our rooster is really starting to come together!
Punch up the color!
I want my rooster to be bright and beautiful. Using the flat brush loaded with Yellow Ocher and Raw Sienna add a touch of Cardinal Red and Pure Orange paint in the lowest feathers on his bum again.
The next layer should be Yellow Ocher and School Bus Yellow, that should really brighten things up.
Go over the Bum feathers as well. Start with Yellow ocher and Raw sienna, add School Bus Yellow where you wish to brighten and a touch of Cardinal red to add punch. Layer the feather strokes. Remember to use the chisel edge of the brush.
If the bristle begin to splay and make the strokes wide then clean the brush and reload.
The very top layer is just School Bus Yellow and Cardinal.
Right at the apex of where the tail feathers emerge is a small tuft of feathers. Use Wicker White to stroke in narrow fluffy feathers.
Clean brush and reload with Yellow Ocher and Raw Sienna, add in a touch of School Bus yellow and Cardinal. Add a few chisel strokes over the white, yet shorter. Add a quick stroke on the tail for a bit of detail.
And that is it for this segment.
To follow along as I paint this part just click on the video.