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?