Screech Owl in the Ash Tree

One of my favourite ways to do an illustration is to mix inked lines of varying weights with watercolour washes, I like the contrast between the stark lines and more delicate colours.

I did a birthday present for a friend of mine a few weeks back; a screech owl among the ash tree foliage, as she loves owls and was born under the Ash Tree Moon, from the Celtic calender of trees.  

I like incorporating Celtic elements in things on occasion, they have such a rich visual library to work from and between that and alchemy, there are lots of neat natural symbols that can be worked into an illustration, in a sort of “easter egg” kind of way.

I also want to note that screech owls have some really cute fluffy feathers between their eyes which are a real pain to try to convey in a more stylized illustration, ha ha!

 

“Screech Owl in the Ash Tree”

ink and watercolour on stonehenge 5″ x 7″

Sunhawk screech owl ash

I think he looks rather dignified and dapper.

~Sunhawk

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