It's time for a new challenge! This week we have a lovely photo of a rooster.

(Image courtesy of Paint My Photo by Gary Jones).

We would like you to use the reference/inspiration photo to create a piece "In Your Style".

This Challenge is open to all artists, whatever your medium.

Please post your finished artwork in this discussion thread. We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in art created by one reference/inspiration photo!


You should alter the images to create your own work.


A rooster also known as a cockerel or cock is a male gallinaceous bird, usually a male chicken (Gallus gallus).
Mature male chickens less than one year old are called cockerels. The term "rooster" originates in the United States, and the term is widely used throughout North America, as well as Australia and New Zealand. The older terms "cock" or "cockerel", the latter denoting a young cock, are used in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
"Roosting" is the action of perching aloft to sleep at day, which is done by both sexes. The rooster is polygamous, but cannot guard several nests of eggs at once. He guards the general area where his hens are nesting, and will attack other roosters that enter his territory. During the daytime, a rooster will often sit on a high perch, usually 0.9 to 1.5 m (3 to 5 feet) off the ground, to serve as a lookout for his group. He will sound a distinctive alarm call if predators are nearby.
(The term "cock" is also used generally to refer to a male of other species of bird, for example "Cock sparrow".)
The rooster is often portrayed as crowing at the break of dawn ("cock-a-doodle-doo") and will almost always start crowing before four months of age. Although it is possible for a hen to crow as well, crowing (together with hackles development) is one of the clearest signs of being a rooster. He can often be seen sitting on fence posts or other objects, where he crows to proclaim his territory. However, this idea is more romantic than real, as a rooster can and will crow at any time of the day. Some roosters are especially vociferous, crowing almost constantly, while others only crow a few times a day. These differences are dependent both upon the rooster's breed and individual personality. He has several other calls as well, and can cluck, similar to the hen. Roosters will occasionally make a patterned series of clucks to attract hens to a source of food, the same way a mother hen does for her chicks.

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Thanks for the compliment, Pat. I love doing challenges - they help me to focus on one thing and to find different ways to express my style!

Pat said:

I love your Cock-a-DOODLE- doo Rooster Carla...lol...............You can never be late on any of the challenges, they are always open Carla.

Carla Reeder said:

A little late, but here is my Cock-a-DOODLE- doo Rooster! 

Very nice. All the swirls keep the eye moving and the colors are perfect

just found another one to draw and colour

great roosters everyone, finally remembered to post mine here. 

Nice Jo!

Jo Flockton said:

great roosters everyone, finally remembered to post mine here. 

FINALLY GOT THIS ONE DONE!

THIS IS SOOOOO AWESOME JANE! WHAT A DANDY HUH?

Carla Reeder said:

Very nice work, CheekyJane!

cheekyjane said:

Here's my Chap

What a wonderful concept for this, Nelson!  So glad you are working again!  I've fallen off lately, doing some organizational and interior design work (in my house--have never done it for anyone else)--and also trying to phase out my costume design work, but that's a process that's going to take a LONG, LONG, LONG time because of all the stuff I have here, either half done, or done and waiting for a buyer, or planned but not even started yet!  Anyway, love this, and all your current work.

Nelson Failing said:

FINALLY GOT THIS ONE DONE!

Nice job Ted. Love roosters.

Ted said:

Atomic Rooster

Polychromos pencils

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