Monday, November 24, 2008

Finished Owl Illustration

Well, a few final touches ended up being over an hour's worth of work, but now my owl is finished. I wasn't quite sure if this one was going to work, but the results of this picture finally came out to my satisfaction. I had the most difficult time figuring out how I was going to deal with the background because I wasn't sure if I wanted to use watercolor or render it with pen and ink. Since I wanted the quality of the picture to be more of that of a drawing, I went with pen and ink.

This piece is done with watercolor, brush/pen and India ink.

11 comments:

The Victorious place said...

I love it. Owls are my favorite bird.

winna said...

The mystique of Owls is so well done by you--in my lifetime, I have seen a few but not many---your page is so striking!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

It turned out beautifully!

Lisa Reed said...

Unbelievable!The owl, the sky, the moon! Amazing and you should be more than satisfied! How long did this take to complete? I am not sure I have the patience that you do!
Lisa

David R. Vallejo said...

Owls are a fun creature to depict. They are a lot of fun to teach the kids, as well.

Lisa, because I had been working on the drawing on and off, I am not sure how long it took to complete. Perhaps 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Also, what you see as patience is just the joy I have with drawing. I could do it for hours and easily lose track of time.

I appreciate all the nice comments!

M.K. Scheibe said...

Very lovely -- you handled the feathers nicely. I love it when there's just that hint of something and it's not overwrought... Your patience really paid off, I say!

rrARTz said...

what fantastic detail! it's mesmerizing...

Luba said...

I really like how this turned out!

Planet Janet said...

What a hoot! Owl bet it was hard to draw! ha ha
Seriously, it's really good.

BMoon said...

Beautiful pen work, and lovely delicate wash. Gorgeous piece, be proud!

freebird said...

It's terrific. You don't see a lot of pen and ink illustration out there (at least I don't) so I think your pieces are nicely different. This looks like it could go in a childrens book.