Double happiness: chicken looking and koi

22 May

1. Chicken Looking
Chickens make me so happy! I love the way that they fluff out their beautiful feathers, cluck contentedly and strut about, pausing every now and then as though a thought gets in the way and they have to shake it out. The fact that they hatch out of eggs is also fantastic! I sketched this happy picture whilst I was looking at a book called ‘Extraordinary Chickens.’ Just saying the word “chicken” makes me happy.

2. Koi
I have spent many happy hours just staring down into water and watching koi. Trying to capture that on paper is not so easy. A couple of crumpled, ink splattered pages later this koi flowed off my brush and I was happy!

Jane Halford

originally from South Africa, now living in the UK
graphic designer and copywriter


6 Responses to “Double happiness: chicken looking and koi”

  1. Ania May 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM #

    Love the chicken!

    • Jane Halford May 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM #

      Thank you.

  2. elyssa renert May 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM #

    I love your sketches! What kind of ink pen did you use?

    • Jane Halford May 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM #

      Hi Elyssa,

      To answer your question, for the chicken I used a normal fine, felt-tip marker but for the koi I used traditional Japanese ink and paint brush.

  3. Johannes de Jong May 24, 2011 at 5:08 PM #

    I love seeing chickens scratching in sand looking for food.

    Fantastic drawing.

    Do you also love seeing “tarentale”?


    • Jane Halford May 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM #

      Yes, I also love “tarentale” or guinea fowl as I know them. Beautiful birds but not very bright 🙂

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