How to Draw a Rooster

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A male chicken is known as a rooster. These animals come in more than 60 different varieties, all descendants of the wild red jungle fowl. They were domesticated by humans thousands of years ago.

The term "rooster" was developed in the United States by the Puritan settlers, who wished to avoid the English terms "cockerel" or "cock," as the rooster was then called. "Rooster" is derived from the bird's habit of perching in trees or on other objects to sleep at night, known as "roosting."

Roosters are known for their loud crowing, which they begin doing before four months of age. Contrary to popular belief, roosters don't just crow at dawn - many start crowing around midnight, and may crow throughout the day.

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The rooster has featured in art, mythology, and symbolism since time immemorial. Today, roosters can be seen on flags, coats of arms, as sports team mascots, and in home decor. Roosters often symbolize early rising or a rural lifestyle. Famous roosters in popular culture include the Looney Tunes' Foghorn Leghorn, Rock-A-Doodle's Chanticleer, and Alan-A-Dale from Disney's animated cartoon, Robin Hood.

Would you like to draw a cartoon rooster? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chicken, Eagle, and Duck.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rooster

How to Draw Rooster: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will help you form the rooster's head.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 2

2. Use curved lines to draw an irregular lobed shape. This forms the fleshy comb on the top of the rooster's head.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 3

3. Draw the beak and wattle, erasing as necessary. Draw a teardrop shape to form the beak. Then, draw a curved line down the center of it to separate the upper and lower portions of the beak. Draw a short line at the end, turning the separation into a smile. Then, enclose an inverted heart shape below the beak, forming the fleshy wattle.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 4

4. Erase the bottom of the original circle, replacing it with a series of curved lines connected at jagged points. This details the feathers of the rooster's neck.


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How to Draw Rooster: Step 5

5. Use a series of curved lines to outline and detail the rooster's wing. Notice the overlapping "U" shaped curved lines that indicate the feathers.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to outline the rooster's body. Form the torso using curved lines that don't quite connect but form a semicircle. Connect these lines using "U" shaped lines for the tops of the legs. Enclose the far wing using a curved line.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 7

7. Draw the rooster's feet. Use pairs of curved lines for the legs, and overlapping "U" shaped lines for the toes. Band the legs with short lines.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 8

8. Draw the rooster's tail. Overlap the feathers, beginning with small feathers at the base. For each feather, use two curved lines that meet at a point. Draw longer feathers near the end of the tail.


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How to Draw Rooster: Step 9

9. Detail the rooster's face. Draw the eyes using a series of successively smaller ovals for each. Shade between two of the ovals, forming the pupil. Draw curved lines over the eyes to indicate the eyebrows.

How to Draw Rooster: Step 10

Color your rooster. Roosters are often vibrantly hued in shades of red, orange, blue, and green. Some roosters have other colors and patterns. One example of this is the Dominique rooster, whose feathers are barred in black and white.

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