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Whoooooo put the O in OCD?

I did!

Pitt artist pens and Micron pens on 15″ x 20″ Crescent illustration board.

Owl Illustration - Micron pens on Crescent illustration board - by Monica Moody

 

So after I got back into doodle mode, I decided to use an owl statue/sculpture thingy that I found at Dolly Python as inspiration for the next piece.  He stands about 14″ tall, and I wanted to make the drawing around the same size.  Luckily, I had an illustration board that would work.

I knew it would be a challenge, but I don’t think I was truly prepared for the physical (and eye) strain of hovering over this thing at my kitchen table for so many hours.  I really don’t remember how many hours it took, but I think 20-22 is a good estimate.

First, I sketched the main outline and “sections” of the owl in pencil, then went over in ink.  After that, I basically doodled patterns in each area, trying to keep a good balance that, while not realistic in any sense of the word, would lend itself to representing feathers and what-not.

I took more in-progress pics, but they’re probably pretty boring.  You might be interested to know that I did the face/eyes last.

I will probably add more detail to the thing he is perched on so that it looks more like a tree limb and less like a power line.  😉  But for now, he’s taking a nap in a box.  The original illustration is not for sale, but I will have prints available soon.

3 Comments

  1. This is stupendous! Wow!

  2. I am absolutely in love with your owl!… it is brilliant and stunningly beautiful. If possible, I would like to see some of your in-progress pics… joy, Annie

    • Thank you so much, Annie! :) I did take pics as I was working on the owl – I’ll see if I can dig some up.

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