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Flight of a Ghost by ThreshTheSky Flight of a Ghost by ThreshTheSky
Prize commission for ~HoneyandChai, who requested a painting of a barn owl.

The barn owl (Tyto alba) is sometimes referred to as the "ghost owl" or "demon owl" due to its eerie appearance and vocalizations. Personally, I think they're gorgeous but I'll admit that I find their calls a little creepy. You can listen and decide for yourself here. Also, I took some liberties with the pattern of its speckles here. They're not accurate for this species.

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The reference photo used was sent to me by HoneyandChai.

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TheNextAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ya he really look's like soren
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well seeing as Soren is a barn owl, I'm glad you think so. :)
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BYBcool Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
he looks like Soren from The Legend Of Guardians
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Soren and the other Tytos are indeed barn owls. :)
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BYBcool Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, that what I mean... 
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InHighCotton Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
The artwork is very good. And as far as the speckles...they may vary on different barn owls...I know that on toucans that none of them have the same exact design of color on there beaks, like fingerprints on people. So it may be the same on more animals and birds than we think. Either way its very good. I have seen them in around my house and the speckles didn't look off to me.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. You're right about the spots being unique to each individual owl like the stripes on a zebra or the patterns of human fingerprints. The problem that makes them look "wrong" in my opinion is that they're too dense and irregular. Most barn owls have spots that are slightly further away from each other and more even. But I got lazy near the end of this project and used a pre-made brush to make them, hence them not being quite perfect. ;) 
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InHighCotton Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I understand about getting tired and totally messing up a image, I did it on a pen & ink (and you just can NOT fix a pen & ink, not with 6x0 pen that I was using) of a tiger cub being reflected in the water.
But I don't think you "messed" up. Yes a lot of times natures patterns are just that patterns, we see leaves on oaks or sweet-gums and know them for there uniformity, and yet haven't we all seen a leaf or two just out of sync with the others? For patters to be different from each in the animal world on such a grand scale then there would be ones that are more dense and ones with almost none, and all in between. Just face it, lol. You did good for the rest of us, how you feel about it is of course always up to you.
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ArtistEamane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome! :D It looks so realistic! I especially love how you did the wing feathers.  The colors are lovely as well. Another great work!

......also reminds me of the Harry Potter owls! ^_^
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! Glad to hear you like the colors. I've always thought the soft tans and cream-colors of barn owls are quite pretty. :D
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ArtistEamane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D Same here!
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful work! :)
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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RaveUTB Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! The face is sweet, and it's so soft. I love it! Beautiful work! <3 
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Indeed, owls have some of the softest feathers in the bird world. It's part of how they stay so quiet in flight. :D 
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RaveUTB Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore owls, barn owl happens to be my favorite, right after the Great Gray. Your art shows the beautiful animal magnificently. It's quite hard to find such wonderful pictures with owls. Mostpeople find them hard to draw, paint, etc. your picture shows every last detail, I love how comitted you seem towards it (:
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   General Artist
Fantastic :strong:
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   General Artist
You are welcome :)
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NightLiones Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its...........Amazing!..... Pikachu want it Pikachu want it  I love Owls!...La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I do too. :)
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NightLiones Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the way you did the smooth feathers! Well done!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: I`ve featured this in my latest journal in-the-picture.deviantart.com/…
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Much appreciated! Thank you so much. :)
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool picture
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like my painting. :)
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome and yes I do like your painting
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Cornflower13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow great job! I love owls and you depicted him perfectly!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it. I like owls too.

And the watch is much appreciated. :)
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Cornflower13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :) i love your work
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eleph-arts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
just WOW, you're so talented!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too kind. Thank you!

The watch is much appreciated too. :)
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teresahaugen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
very nice indeed
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Mlp-Adopts-For-Brony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
How long does it takes...
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To draw this? I'm not sure. I never remember to time myself and I do a little bit at a time over the course of weeks or months. :)
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kiarajareth Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!!! :clap:
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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kiarajareth Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconkatmary:
katmary Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Crackedcrown Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Writer
Gorgeous! I love how realistic it is!

Fantastic work! <3
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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Tanzanitesong Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. It looks so realistic, I wish I could just snatch it out of the air out of love. How do you make these arts?
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad to hear you think so. As for how I make paintings like this, I haven't made a feather tutorial yet. But it's on my list of things to do.

Also, the watch is much appreciated. :)
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SunshineCustard Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
This is so vivid and it really comes to life! I love your work!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad to hear it. :)
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