Folk art rooster linocut

Rooster linocut

Rooster linocut

Well, he’s not Foghorn Leghorn (who is old enough to remember his cartoon?), but he turned out okay. I had sketched out the transfer for this linocut a while back and found it when I was looking for a small project in my sketchbook.  I worked on him over the course of several days and then put it away for the primitive horse painting.  When I came back to it, prepared for a lot more work, I decided it didn’t really need much.  I cut out his wattle, cleaned up the background, and decided to stop.  I inked up 4 prints and they all turned out pretty well.


Red rooster

Red rooster

I had always planned to watercolor his tail, wattle, and comb red but after I painted it, the print seemed a bit off balance. Too much red just at the top so I counterbalanced it with more to the wings and a small spot above his legs.  Much better.  What do you think?

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 13:03:50

    Haha, I remember Foghorn Leghorn. This is a neat rooster! Very nice angle to his neck in mid-squawk. I think the red is nicely balanced overall, but I wonder how a gradation from yellow to dark orange/red in those same spots would look? Just a thought! 🙂


    • ruthsartwork
      Jun 23, 2013 @ 13:30:31

      Are we showing our age? I did think of adding more colors, but I I had the red concept pretty much in mind from the start. The nice thing about these is that maybe next time I’ll do something different.


  2. DixCutler
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 13:09:44

    I think he is quite charming.


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