Great Horned Owl

I think owls are awesome birds. I love the way their eyes seem to see everything, and how far their heads can twist around.  For a Great Horned Owl, I really like their distinctive feather horns.  When I volunteered as a Zoo Ambassador at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, the owls were one of my frequent stops.  They are so calm and peaceful to watch.  The owls would be perched in their trees, silently watching the families stare up at them.  They seem so regal.  The owls, not the families and children.

My good friend Natasha sewed me a dress.  Its a beautiful dress, I’ll have to post a picture of it some time.  But what does that have to do with owls? She also has a brand new townhouse she bought herself and is happily decorating.  She showed me her color scheme of coral, orange and turquoise and I knew I just had to draw her something.  I not-so subtly asked her if she liked owls or foxes better, and I bet you can tell her answer.

This is an 11×14 inch drawn on Bristol Board.  I used Daniel Smith Watercolors and a mixture of Polychromos, Prismacolor and Luminance Colored Pencils.  First I sketched out half of the drawing.  Using super scientific methods, I folded the paper in half and used a light box to trace for symmetry.  Once I was happy with the sketch, I again traced the image onto the Bristol Board using Copic Multiliners SP.  Then the watercolor background and yellow frame, and I was ready to start with the colored pencils.    I have to say I really appreciate the hardness of the Polychromos pencils because it was really difficult getting the details I wanted for the eyes and feathers with the Prismacolors.

For obvious reasons, the Original is not available.  However, prints are!  You can find details in my Shop or through Fine Art America.

Great Horned Owl | Rainbow Menagerie by Tara Warburton-Schwaber
Great Horned Owl | Rainbow Menagerie by Tara Warburton-Schwaber




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