draw a bird day: chicken music

a doo-
do cluck
cluck buk buk
tuk buk tuk-
king rrrrrrr chirp peep-
ing chirp
trill errrr
le chir-
rup squawk crow
caaaaaw cock-

The last Kick-About prompt was a video of a dancing chicken from Herzog’s film Stroszek. I first decided to draw while watching the video on a roll of rice paper that I had. My photos did not show up that well, but Phil Gomm kindly inverted color and ground and made the lovely images above.

I really like drawing chickens, and so I did a neocolor image. Then I decided to do some monoprint outlines based on my original drawings.

The outlines were fine, but my attempts to print colors on top were not as successful, so I ended up painting over them. One thing I really like about the Kick-About prompts is that it challenges me to try lots of different things.

For the poem, inspired by David’s Waltz Wave sound poem at the skeptic’s kaddish, I did some research on chicken sounds. It turns out there are many online threads about this subject, as so many people are now raising their own chickens and are delighted by their vocalizations.

And so many beautiful and varied breeds! I’ve done chickens several times before, and I’m sure there will be more for some future Draw a Bird Day as well.

I’m taking a break for a few weeks…enjoy the rest of your summer!

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23 responses to “draw a bird day: chicken music”

  1. ben Alexander says :

    🤣 best poem EVER. 🤣


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  2. Jacob says :

    Loved these! My mum has kept rescue hens for over ten years now. They are such inquisitive characters and it’s always fun to hear them chattering amongst themselves. Their nature comes through here, particularly in those line drawings which look great on the bold blue.

    Happy rest of summer to you too 🙂

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  3. philgomm says :

    Your drawings of the chickens have been the talk of the Kick-About, Kerfe – exuberant and lively and a perfect capture of ‘chicken-ness’! Enjoy your respite – speak soon 🙂

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  4. Catxman says :

    The chicken, being a descendant of the dinosaurs, should be a little fiercer, don’t you think? Ah well. We can’t all be eagles.

    — Catxman


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  5. msjadeli says :

    I love the sounds of chickens. There is a croon they do when they’ve roosted for the night that brings peace. Your drawings and paintings do them justice, Kerfe.

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  6. Claudia McGill says :

    The whole thing makes me smile!

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  7. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, a most interesting poem. I saw your creations over at Phil’s blog and thought they were amazing. Thanks for sharing more about your process.


  8. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, I’m missing you. Hoping everything is ok?


  9. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Nicely upbeat post – chickens always make me smile!


  10. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Chickens are pretty cool creatures when you get to know them. Great variety of chicken-based artwork, Kerfe. Lol. I love it that you’re being challenged and creative. A fun poem too.

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  11. calmkate says :

    lol absolutely love this entire post! Chicken with his own dukebox, duck with a drum and rabbit with a siren all made me smile 🙂

    love all your sketches and painted chooks, I’m a big fan, used to have my own as a teen … you’ve reminded me how much I miss them 🙂

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