Jarod Octon

✨ Snowy Owl ✨

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I recently watched Fantastic Beasts and loved it! To be honest though, I am a HUGE fan of the Wizarding World as a whole. J.K. Rowling can do no wrong in my opinion. The only thing I'm upset about is the fact that I have STILL not received an invitation to attend Hogwarts. What the heck homie! I need an owl like Harry's to swoop by the pad, ASAP. Haha. If I DID have the option of choosing a trusty companion like Hedwig, I would want a Snowy Owl like the one I've illustrated for this post. A magical owl that draws it's powers from the stars above. ✨ Yeah, that would be Fantastic.

One of the biggest challenges regarding this concept was drawing the feet. Feet and hands ALWAYS kick my butt. They're just.. weird. And I think other creatives might be able to relate. For example, while conducting preliminary research I began to notice a tendency among designers to hide the claws of an owl. Generally under a large lump of feathers. I could have done the same but how would that help improve my overall ability? It would NOT. So I embraced the challenge, studied, sketched and simplified to a satisfactory degree.

Overall I am pretty happy with the result. It's not an anatomically exact but that not's the goal. I wanted to capture a style all my own without dodging any difficulties that would help improve the final product. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself! Here's the overall lesson: Recognize your weaknesses. Accept them by embracing challenges as a way to push and improve your ability. You can ONLY level up my dude!

Can you relate? Tell me. What are your biggest creative challenges? I'd love to know!

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