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Anatomy Tutorial: Owl Basics by AddictionHalfWay Anatomy Tutorial: Owl Basics by AddictionHalfWay
This is just to give a bit of a helping hand for people who want to draw owls and want to clean up some common mistakes :heart:
I really can't stress this enough; OWLS DO NOT HAVE CROW FEET. So stop it. Just stop.
Also, many parrots have two talons x two talons and Ospreys and such.. so if you're planning on drawing ANY bird, make sure you check what their feet look like! ( Or I'll hunt you down and gut you like a fish D: )

No, there's no wings on this tutorial. Mainly because people seem to get so distracted by wings they screw up everything else. That and there's a bazillion wing tutorials out there.

A great study for helping advance owl studies is this:

Another great owl tutorial of course is this one: [link]

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utriv Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
I like this!
Sternenmaskerade Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mhmm .. I think I used this tutorial to draw my first owl some years ago ;) Was really helpful :D
Dangeryena Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I needed! From the pictures I saw of snowy owls I thought they did have 3 digits in front, but now I can tell it's not the case. Wish I'd found this sooner!
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
They can position their talons as they require them for their situation. So you'll be able to find pictures of their talons either way so drawing them with "three in front" isn't wrong in the same way drawing a cat without its claws showing isn't wrong. It's situational :)
tlc234lovelystars Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for this helpful tutorial! :)
ActrosSlt4160 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Just what i need :)

napalmhonour Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's useful for artists...
BAMillustration Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
lizz-elric Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I did not know that about their feet! In pictures the only time you can clearly see the feet are of course when they are catching prey so I never noticed. thank You for this Tutorial! It will help me greatly I think!
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Yeah @w@ If you really like owls you can go to places like County Fairs or Middle Ages Fairs and they'll usually have a bird-person there, they'll be able to show you more close up on the bird anatomy. Because I agree, even if you watch a documentary on birds/owls, you miss a lot of what's happening because of how they move.
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