Year of the Rooster – Critique

img_0577To mark the Lunar New Year, I painted the zodiac animal for 2017, the rooster.   The painting is called “Year of the Rooster” and was completed this past Thursday.  As it can be seen, watercolour is the medium.  There are several things that I like about it, and there are also many things I don’t like.

The first thing that I really love about this painting is its colours.  The rooster is painted with bold and bright colours that really enliven the painting.  It sets a very cheerful mood. The yellow is quite striking and same with the oranges and reds.  The vibrant colours almost make the rooster look like a mythological creature.

Technically, I think the head of the rooster is really well done.  The contours of its comb are nicely done.  The eye and beak are also pretty good.

There are, however, several mistakes that I can see of.  The first one is that the rooster is really too wide.  That is partly due to my drawing of the rooster and not paying enough attention to proportions.

The other criticism is that the blending of the colours is not very well done.  It’s clear that the transition between colours aren’t smooth and appears choppy.  Furthermore, some of the brushstrokes are not smooth either.  For instance, in the curved feather in the tail you can see it’s very jagged.

Overall, it was a good effort.  Please let me know what you think.  Thank you!

 

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