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Minerva's Owl in Oils by Alithographica Minerva's Owl in Oils by Alithographica
Oil painting. 24'' x 36''. Hours taken...Many. @____@

I won't lie, I end up hating most of my work after a ~4 month honeymoon period but I did this in January and am still really happy with it.

Reference, drawn from sight.

DETAIL SHOT OF THE HEAD HERE: fav.me/d7rhx8w

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:iconchaospunk666:
chaospunk666 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
It's amazing.
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azraelengel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely details. I think you did really well in minimizing the details for your painting so it's very convincing but not quite photorealistic. Your value range is great and gives a lot of depth to it.
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Professional
Thank you very much!
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Eveywinter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oMG this is so well drawn, majestic, (says a million other complimentary phrases) !! ~<3
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional
Thank you~ 
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:iconazaleafire:
AzaleaFire Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student General Artist
So cute!
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional
Thanks!
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AzaleaFire Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Student General Artist
Yw!
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Phoenix-of-Pyrrhia Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is beautiful <3 as an avid bird lover this is definitely going into my favorites :3
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional
Thank you! Birds are wonderful. c:
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Obelis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see why this is your most popular deviation. :nod: Not only because it's featured and has a good, realistic anatomy, but also because of the pose. I somehow feel that this owl's pose is the most important element of this picture. It's unusual and draws eyes faster than a flying or sitting owl.

It looks as if the bird was admiring stars, stretching out its wing while trying to reach them, knowing deep in its heart that it's not likely to happen, that its wish isn't very likely to come true. Or maybe dying. One way or another, it's an emotional and important moment of this animal's life, and the pose lets us sense that importance.
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Professional
Thanks for your thoughtful comment! c: <3
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sanatos89 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Stunning!!
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Professional
Thank you!
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:iconsereida-arts:
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student General Artist
This looks gorgeous! Love the happy owl!
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional
Thanks! I'm not sure he's happy but it's open to interpretation haha.
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Koopakrusher Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Unbelievable! At first glance I mistook your painting for a professional photo, that's how realistic it looks to me. Absolutely incredible!
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Professional
Aha, thank you!
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly amazing! :iconluvluvplz:
those colours - the shading - everything perfect !
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional
Thanks! c:
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
You´re very welcome!!
Keep it up!
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Chrysallion Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful drawing! So realistic! I especially like the colors and the shading :)
Very well done!
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Pony-from-Everfree Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I wonder what was the owl doing on the ref photo.
The painting is so realistic and detailed that I can easily understand you hate-loving it after such a long time.
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caddman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
wonderful work...so real like...:)

well done...:heart:
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional
Thank you!
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:iconcaddman:
caddman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Always pleasure Hug
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Solanustikus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
The colours are so smooth.

It's almost as it is falling, dying. ._.

Cool work!
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Professional
Thank you!

(It is. ;w; )
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4jeudis Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist
Hey, this is crazy good! I love the way you did the background and how smoothly done the bird is~ I do love me some birds :heart:
great job!!
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Professional
Thank you! c: <3
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Avokintsher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Beautiful work!Clap 
I speak as an incredible lover owls.Meow :3 Meow :3 Meow :3 
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Professional
Thank you! c:
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MisterSuperHate Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautyful!
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Professional
Thanks!
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MisterSuperHate Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! You're very talented!Huggle! 
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Professional
Thank you, you're very kind~ >w<
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MisterSuperHate Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hug 
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Fisnes Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Wow! what a beautiful picture
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Professional
Thank you!
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GypsyLycan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love barn owls their my favorites along with the Horned owl! 
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional
Same! Burrowing owls are crazy cute too.
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DesryKaizer67 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! You are a wonderful artist! 
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:iconalithographica:
Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Professional
Much appreciated!
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AshtreeJ Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely piece, great work! ^_^ Oils are notoriously hard to work with, you did very well!
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional
Thank you! They're tricky but I really like them, actually. Watercolors are my most challenging medium. Oils...oils are finicky but forgiving. :v
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AshtreeJ Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoy acrylics myself, I've never used oil. Water color is tricky but sometimes rewarding! I kinda fear using oils because they take so long to dry!
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Professional
Yeah, the drying time is my biggest gripe with oils. ;w; On one hand it gives you a long time to work, but once you're done with a layer and want it to dry it suuuuucks.
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CranberrytheCat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student General Artist
  Because I still have so much to learn when it comes to oils and acrylics, this is really inspirational to me!  :D   You have so many wonderful pieces of artwork in your gallery, but this one has to be my favorite.  The colors are spot on, the brush work is beautiful, and the expression on the owl's face is so happy and cute!  Fantastic work!
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional
Ah, thank you so much!

This is probably my favorite too. I feel I still have a lot to learn too but once in a while a piece just /works/. =]
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SoPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
So pretty! Really well done!
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