View Full Version : Barn Owl WIP

05-01-2003, 09:38 AM
Stuffed up the background :rolleyes: Had to invent something, hate foliage, so I was going with stars and dark sky. Got timing all wrong!

Never mind, might rescue it later. Still need to give owl dark patches and shading for form.


Go for it :D


05-01-2003, 09:57 AM
hard to telll at this point, but I imagine it will be fine

will be watching

05-01-2003, 10:00 AM
i like the sky, and as long as you know your owl isn't done, see nothing to critique right now.


05-01-2003, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by babybrush
i like the sky, and as long as you know your owl isn't done, see nothing to critique right now.


Same here!!!

05-01-2003, 10:51 AM
Hmmmm ok, might leave sky as "happy accident" then ;) lol



My photo has no real shadows, but there isn't enough light for shadow at night anyway :D I'm pretending the owl is lit by the moon.

Thanks for looking, tell me what you think!


05-01-2003, 11:01 AM
I like it!! The background is perfect...the owl is perfect! *SMILE* The only thing is I would have liked to see more of the branch. But that is what is called a "little nit" *LOL*

05-01-2003, 11:10 AM
:clap: Lovely owl. The feathers looks soft and fluffy. Like Fagan, thought maybe branch should extend out from left side a bit? But otherwise, very nice, sky is good.

05-01-2003, 11:38 AM
I think you have done a wonderful job on both his feathers and his colouring!
I live with one....I should know! LOL!

05-01-2003, 12:30 PM
Ruth, what a happy "accident!"


05-01-2003, 12:53 PM
Yes, leave the sky as happy accident... the salt technique really looks like stars.

Good drawing... owl's head is perfect.

from shadows on head, I can tell light is from right but body looks a bit flat... add darks along left side of body to make it rounder.

You may also like to do something about the tiny little white lines along the body and branch... may be paint a leave or two to cover it.

05-01-2003, 02:25 PM
It is a lovely bird.

Why not try some purple or indiog and paint some varigated washes on the background. I think indigo would do the trick.

05-01-2003, 02:31 PM
Nice one Ruth, certainly got the observer thinking soft feathers. not over keen on branch stopping there. and as the salt starts high up the picture it looks to me as if there are moonlite trees behind. If you fell in...............etc well done.

05-01-2003, 02:48 PM
Thanks guys :)

OK I'll extend the branch to the bottom of the page, will leave background, it isn't quite so ultramarine as on the screen, I used indanthrene blue and a touch of quin. magenta.

Marvin there is some shading on left, I agree maybe not enough.

Andy, could you complete that sentence please? Not sure I know that one.


lyn lynch
05-01-2003, 03:13 PM
I'm chuffed about this Maddie.
Wonderful sky. Soft fluffy feathers, like a bit of a breeze ruffling his 'sensors'. Bright eye sees mousie dinner approaching.
[What does "chuffed" actually mean?]

05-01-2003, 03:20 PM
Thanks Auntie :)

Chuffed means tickled pink, made up, delighted :D (English term, originated in the north of England I believe)


05-01-2003, 09:56 PM
Well, Ruth, I was certainly "chuffed" with your background the very minute I saw it!!! Your finish was a hoot... Sorry... :) :) :)

With the minor nits fixed, this will be absolutely fabulous!

05-02-2003, 03:32 AM
LOL Char :D

Thanks, glad you liked it.


05-02-2003, 01:16 PM
Love this palette you used on this little guy. Nice contrast and use of complements.