Owl and Fog watercolor illustration revisited

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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.
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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.
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You can find new prints of owl #55 in the shop here:
5×7″ and 8×10″ Prints
11×14″ Prints

Owl and Foggy Island Illustration

Owl #20
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Wow, we’ve hit number 20! This Owl is on a foggy and rocky island, with a lighthouse and the sea behind.
This one was fun to paint, as are most with fun different weather. Green is tricky, it is tough to use most times. This wasn’t too bad though, i think it helped to limit the green area and have different depths.

Prints are in the shop here: Foggy Island Print

Speaking of the shop, I just got some postcards made! They are really fun, i think the illustrations suit the postcard format well. So far I have a set of Snowy Owl postcards available.

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Fog and Pines

#12

 

My twelfth owl is based on a Northern Hawk Owl. They seem to enjoy sitting at the top of pines like this. It seems kind of awkward, but I guess they like it.

This one went through quite a drastic change when I was almost finished, with the addition of the fog, which was not part of my original plan. Pretty happy with how it turned out though. I think weather always adds a nice element of texture and atmosphere.