Learning how to draw a rooster that looks visually appealing can be done using this adorable tutorial. You will learn a simple technique to create a basic version of this animal using simple shapes and lines. You will also have the opportunity to sketch basic shadows to create more volume inside the subject.
Roosters are basically male chickens that have large tails, a comb on top of the head and a wattle located below the beak. They will often sing during sunrise to defend their territory. These amazing birds have internal clocks that are pretty efficient.
Ready? Let's see how we can draw the character below in just a few easy steps.
It can be a good idea to start your drawing journey by sketching a few basic shapes to create a simple template. This template will be used as a guideline to draw the silhouette of the cartoon rooster. First, draw the head using a perfect circle.
The beak is made from a simple triangular shape. For the neck, you can add a long rectangle. Finally, draw the wattle using another rectangle.
Next, you can sketch a long pointed triangle to illustrate the wing of the cartoon animal. Below the wing, an irregular shape is drawn to form the lower part of the body. Complete this step by adding two thin rectangles (one must be vertical and the second one horizontal) to represent the leg.
It's now time to use all these basic shapes to help us draw the silhouette of the cartoon rooster. I like to use thing pointed lines to do so. Notice how the top of the head is not perfectly round. The beak must be large, but sharp.
I also like the shape of the wattle. Some hair can be seen on the chest and near the top of the leg. Once you are done, you can erase all gray shapes created earlier.
Roosters are proud animals. Let's reflect this quality by creating a splendid comb and an impressive tail. Both parts are pretty similar. They are made from long pointed lines that are forming sharp triangles. You can see these new additions below (with a temporary pink outline).
Inside the head, you can draw a large eye using an oval shape. For the pupil, a simple dot can be enough. Near the bottom of the neck, you can draw a pattern made from several short lines. This pattern will separate the neck from the body.
Finally, you can sketch a second leg behind the front one. This new leg can be visually similar, but make sure this one is placed slightly more on the left. It can also be higher to create a basic perspective.
Yes, it's time to add some colors inside this illustration of a rooster. The comb and the wattle can be colored in red. The beak and the legs are orange. For the rest of the character, brown colors can be used. The body must be lighter, but the wing is darker. Great work! We are almost done learning how to draw a rooster like the one found below. :)
In this step, all you need to do is sketch a few shadows to give more volume to the cartoon rooster. These new additions are filled with colors that are similar to the parts they are covering. However, make sure these new shapes are slightly darker. You can see all shadows below (surrounded by a temporary blue stroke).
Below you can see the final version once all colors and shadows are applied. Of course, feel free to draw more fun roosters using various postures, colors and textures. You can put emphasis on various body parts and make these ones larger or smaller. It's a cartoon character, so possibilities are endless!
You can also see all steps required to draw this fun character below. Don't hesitate to use this illustration as a reference if you need to polish some aspects of your creation.
Now that we are done learning how to draw a rooster, you can try more fun chickens from this site below. Some characters are pretty basic while others are filled with complex shadows and highlights. Have fun creating and remember to practice as often as possible. It's the key to success! :)