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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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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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