Le Coq Gaulois

Le Coq Gaulois by Charlie O'Shields

And now for something completely different! I needed a drawing for #DrawingAugust on Twitter, but also really wanted to participate in the Draw A Bird Day which the super talented Laura of Create Art Everyday is hosting.  (You should follow her if you’re not already right this minute! I’ll wait…la la la… oh good! You’re back! Cool!). Well I only had time to draw one thing today and it had to be both a bird and hit my theme of France that I’m doing for Twitter. So this doodlewash is it!

Le Coq Gaulois or Gallic Rooster (sounds better in French) is the unofficial national bird of France, so I drew one figuring it covered all my bases. I’m a day late for the official Draw A Bird day, which was yesterday, but Laura was gracious enough to allow a late entry. Additionally… the last time I drew a bird was in grade school, so this felt like a fun new challenge I wanted to try! I kind of like the result. Sort of looks like a design that might appear on a plate or something. Philippe said he wanted this one when he saw the sketch, which made me nervous as I didn’t want to screw it up in the doodlewash. Well anyway, here it is, my first bird, love to hear your comments and thoughts!

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  1. Awesome, and he has such a cool personality too, strutting his little stuff with his head turned back in that devil-may-care way! Definitely a French rooster!! :))) hehe! Love it! And thanks for the mention. Glad you joined us! You’re good at soft lines! 💛💛💛

    • Author

      Hehe…aww thanks Laura!! Appreciate you letting me sneak in under the wire! 😃Still wanting to do a full Guest Doodlewash post on you by the way. 😉Hint! hint! Hehe

  2. memadtwo 3 years ago

    I like the repetition of the sky colors in his feathers…and he does look like he’s wearing a crown.

  3. kirkistan 3 years ago

    Really well done. Love the deep colors.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk! I keep using (or overusing?) my only 2 professional colors. Hehe…they’re so much richer. Trying to work through my other colors first and resist the urge to buy more. 😉 Hehe

  4. weisserwatercolours 3 years ago

    ….what fun! such flare

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  10. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    Even from the first your birds were wonderful, and they’ve only become better over time!

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