A little preview of new work. I spent last week sketching lots of new ideas for this year’s owl calendar (2016). I have a bunch of fun illustrations in the works that I will be posting in the coming weeks. Hope to have the calendar finished up by October with all new illustrations.
Above, a barn owl flying over a frosty field. Below, an owl in a little landscape with houses which will be used for the December month and this year’s Christmas cards.
These are just a few preliminary owl sketches. Usually my illustrations tend to closely resemble the sketch. Other times the sketch just turns out to be a quick doodle of the idea and once i start drawing it changes quite a bit.
The elf owl desert night scene went through some major changes as I drew, including the addition of the large agave plants. I liked how this illustration kind of developed intuitively as I drew it – the end result was sort of a nice surprise I didn’t expect.
Often I like my doodles and sketches as much as the finished pieces. I think they are important – this style of illustration is influenced directly by my doodles, especially the doodling I use to do during school. A lot of the good ideas I’ve had came from doodling to ease boredom. I don’t have much time to be bored anymore, but I do try to set aside time to doodle in my sketchbooks.