Very difficult, the feather patterns of the Great Horned Owl. Lots of micro glazing, warm and cool push and pull, Zinc White. Shadows range from blue to red to green, to green and red. First the shadows got too dark, then the highlights too even. Always love doing owls. One out of ten turn out looking good. In fact, this owl was done right over another one that had problems. 9×12 on canvas.
I did this picture of Max dog for my friends Michael and Meg, about a year ago. A few weeks ago Meg’s birthday rolled around and Mike sprung for a commission of their newest dog, Henry. My part: do a portrait, dog sit while they vacationed in Mexico city, and throw in some frames, one for the new dog one for the old portrait. Then my perfectionism kicked in. Max and Henry’s portrait were wildly different in the approach to the head. This is not to say Max’s head was bad, it just didn’t have anywhere near the realism of Henry. With my usual excuse to got back into a project loaded, I asked for the portrait back, and did a redux. Max will join Henry in my second sticker set, soon to be released, and will go into print rotation with my other successful images. Favorite animals, Unite!