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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:
[link]

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


enjoy.
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Tintending Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Lol, the "common crimes" are found in disney-owls, the older the more "mistakes".
I think lots of artists gets inspired by disney and when they stick to this kind of style, the anatomy mistakes are part of this. :)
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Very likely to be the case. 
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really, super helpful!  Thanks!!
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Libertades Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YES
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utriv Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
I like this!
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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
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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!
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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 :)
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tlc234lovelystars Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for this helpful tutorial! :)
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ActrosSlt4160 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Just what i need :)

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