Saturday, January 15, 2011

Illustration Friday: Chicken

William Morris Chickens, watercolor, graphite, & color pencil on watercolor paper, 13 x 5.5", 2011.

Illustration Friday is a site that posts weekly topics for illustrators to explore.  I've decided to use it as a kind of weekly warm-up exercise.

The theme posted yesterday was "Chicken".  Fun, right?

I challenged myself to work within a much shorter time frame than I usually have, and also to work on a much, much smaller scale than is normal for me.  I tend to get caught up in little details like every single individual feather, and this forced me to just get an idea down without fussing over it.

My inspiration came from a book of William Morris prints that I got for Christmas (thanks mom!)

PS:  If anyone has any tips on photographing artwork, let me know.  I definitely could use some guidance there.


  1. This is wonderful! It is very folksy, which I'm a big fan of. I love the patterning behind the drawing.

  2. I love the background patterns!

  3. I love them!!! This blog is an awesome idea!! I would consider making my future kitchen a chicken kitchen if they were cool prints like that.

  4. Thanks for the comments! I really do appreciate them!

  5. a Capon is a castrated rooster. They have a cool history if you look it up on wikipedia.

    ...oh, also, I like this. would totally work as a print or a needle point / sewn lines into print fabric.

    roosters/hens/capons have a weird center of gravity that is almost comedic. you captured that here. way to go.

  6. Thanks, Zack!

    Dylan, does that mean I didn't draw chickens, but capons?

  7. This is beautiful! I love the patterns and the contrast of warm and cool colors. You are just so amazing! I am glad you started this blog so I can stalk your art and writing. I love both and they are a true reflection of you! :)


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