This gorgeous rooster was one of the many that my husband and I saw as we were building latrines on our recent Rotary service project in the Dominican Republic. While his colorful plumage was eye-catching amidst the dusty gray backdrop of his surroundings, it was his prideful attitude of "yard guard" that really caught my attention. He was protector and defender of his family's turf, dust and all.
I made a couple of changes in my initial sketch to improve the readability of the scene:
1) Lowered the background tire so that the rooster's head would end above it and not look like he was wearing a giant halo,
2) Modified his tail. As beautiful as it was, I didn't think it would be believable in paint.
After settling on my composition, I painted over the sketch lines and let them dry a bit before moving on to thicker paint.
One final change I made was in the rooster's stance. I changed the angle of his legs and added a shadow to emphasize his defiant posture. He seems to have a bit more personality this way :)
Yard Guard, 6x8 Oil, Sold