Great Horned Owl Portraits

When sketching a few Great Horned Owl specimens, I especially enjoyed studying the younger owls and was amused that, although fluffy, they seemed to defy the typical “cuteness” of baby animals. This inspired me to create a pair of owl portraits: one of an adult Great Horned Owl staring down the viewer, and another of a younger owl glaring out with the same intensity.

Young Great Horned Owl sketch and painting. 11×14″, acrylic on board.

Owlet Sketch (c) Kestrel Creative

Adult Great Horned Owl sketch and painting. 11×14″, acrylic on board. The details and markings of this particular owl were drawn from a 1917 Burke Museum specimen found in Oregon. It was extremely well-preserved for being almost 100 years old.

Adult Great Horned Owl Sketch (c) Kestrel Creative
Young Great Horned Owl Painting (c) Kestrel CreativeGreat Horned Owl Painting (c) Kestrel Creative