Owl and Fog watercolor illustration revisited

owl fog illustration
Owl #55
Owl and Fog

Owl #55 is an updated version of owl #12. I redrew this on on a whim just because I thought it would be fun. I think it’s interesting to see how my style has changed since I started this project.
The biggest difference between these two illustrations is how i painted the fog. The fog in #12 was a last minute addition and was painted with gouache over top the illustration. Since the fog in #55 was planned from the start I used watercolor and the white of the paper, which I personally prefer.
owl and fog
My owls have changed too over time. They are a lot easier for me to draw now for one thing. Their shapes, still simplified, are much more anatomically correct compared to the early ones – mainly because I just have fun drawing them this way at the moment.
You can find new prints of owl #55 in the shop here:
5×7″ and 8×10″ Prints
11×14″ Prints

Owl and Starry Night Sky Watercolor Painting

owl starry sky painting
Owl #51
Owl and Milky Way

An owl flying across a star filled sky with a band of the Milky Way. India ink and watercolor. Used some masking fluid with this one for the stars and then went back with more watercolor to get some added depth once I took it up – somewhat time intensive but I’m happy with the effect.

Prints are up in the shop now! You can find them here: Owl and Starry Sky Print

Five Fun Owl Facts

One fun part about this project is learning about the owls I draw, all the different species, the places they live, and the unique behaviors and characteristics. Here’s a little list of some interesting owl facts, illustrated with some of my past drawings.

1. Burrowing Owls catch food in a variety of ways including chasing it across the ground on foot. They will also swoop down from the air or a perch or catch prey in mid flight.

burrowing owl drawing

2. The Great Gray Owl’s scientific name, Strix nebulosa, means nebulous, clouded, or foggy. This owl is often described as ghostlike, it’s coloring camouflages it in the lichen covered trees of the northern boreal forests where it lives.

great gray owl drawing
3.  Great Gray Owls are the longest owl from head to tail, although the Great Horned Owl weighs more, and the Snowy Owl weighs about twice as much. Much of the Great Gray Owl’s bulk comes from its feathers which helps it survive in the cold forests of the north.

4. Owls that nest in tree cavities rely on reusing old nest holes created by woodpeckers. The small Northern-Pygmy Owl prefers Hairy Woodpecker nests. Woodpeckers are a keystone species that provide nesting cavities for many other species as well, including bluebirds, pine martens, squirrels, ducks, and other small birds and mammals.

owl pinecones art

5. Saguaro cacti provide nesting sites for many types of owls and birds. Elf Owls, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, and Western Screech Owls will use old woodpecker holes in saguaros and Great Horned Owls may nest in the crook of the cacti. Nests in these cacti have the added benefit of protective spines.

owls coyotes desert drawing

Hope you enjoyed reading! If you want to check out some more interesting facts check out my previous post, 10 Fun Owl Facts.