Another take at the owl design, but this time I wanted to try something close to realism. And…honestly, it’s much easier. This may just be because of my particular background, I grant you, but there is a kind of ruthless perfectly demanded by extreme stylization, whereas if you realize something’s a trifle off center with a more realistic paint job, a bit of paint and some scumbling can fix it up.
Still, I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I pushed the eyebrows much harder in this one, and they come out and down much more strongly than the last one.
This is a very large mask–it extends well out from the face and doesn’t flatten against it at all, which I think works here because, y’know, owls….but I’m going to have to try some smaller bird masks that conform more closely to the head. If I keep going like this, they’ll be the size of dinner plates and look vaguely like the kachina Tawa, and that would be silly.
I’ll probably put this one up on e-bay, so watch for links!
6 thoughts on “Realism ho!”
Wow! Your birding training has not been for nought. We can hardly wait for the costume to go with it, so you can hang out in the backyard and scare mice.
Oh my gosh, that’s beautiful! Even if it’s not really fitted to a face, that would be great as just wall art!
And now, maybe something out of your painted bestiary brought to 3-D? I think we’re all waiting for the next leap into your style of coloring those critters, too.
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