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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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:iconluizakonkina:
LuizaKonkina Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! It was very helpful! Meow :3 Hug 
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Jcoonwolf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I was looking at this for a while, and noticed it was yours! XD

Once again, a beautiful and helpful tutorial!
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:iconflambo19:
Flambo19 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I'm favouriting all these anatomy tutorials because I want to learn how to draw these animals 
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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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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Very likely to be the case. 
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:iconigloo9201:
igloo9201 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Writer
Really, super helpful!  Thanks!!
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:iconlibertades:
Libertades Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YES
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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
I like this!
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:iconsternenmaskerade:
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 Digital 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  Professional Filmographer
Just what i need :)

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:iconnapalmhonour:
napalmhonour Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's useful for artists...
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:iconbamillustration:
BAMillustration Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hooray!
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:iconlizz-elric:
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!
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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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lizz-elric Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's not many fairs where I live that have a lot on birds. Nor are there many places close to me that have a lot of info I don't already know about raptors. :/ My State Fair might...but usually they have more exotic animals like tigers or lions instead of birds.
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
....that sounds like a pretty awesome State Fair anyways @_@
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:iconlizz-elric:
lizz-elric Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, I prefer to see the clydesdale's :)
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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
ohhh yes <3
I went to San Antonio Texas recently. Kind of an ugly city in my opinion but they had horse-drawn carriages and I couldn't stop staring at the lovely Clydesdales haha
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DeviantSaysHi Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
NOOOO I've been drawing them wrong this whole tiiime.
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:icondeviantsayshi:
DeviantSaysHi Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
crap. I've been drawing owl feet wrong.
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:iconteentitangirl12:
TeenTitanGirl12 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is super helpful. Thank you
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:iconmomojiro:
Momojiro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
Looks super helpful!
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:iconsuntail812:
Suntail812 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful
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gahoolefreak13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
thnx so much
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Penguinator24 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
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:iconmatsuemon:
Matsuemon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
haha this is awesome. I love owls and plan on doing a realistic digital painting of one, one of these days. I saw this and had to give you a shout out =)
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks ^^
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hawkbreath1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can anyone critique on this owl art? But it fails... I want to improve... [link]
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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I wrote up a crit for you :) I dont do constructive criticism often but I hope I helped a little @3@
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:iconhawkbreath1:
hawkbreath1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It helped.
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:iconzariem:
Zariem Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really interesting :) and a good help :) thanks!
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:iconfalkii:
Falkii Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Really awesome :) Keep up the good work...and tutorials :D
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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thanks ouo
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:iconfalkii:
Falkii Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Photographer
You're very welcome :)
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:iconsoranetame:
soranetame Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank u very much THANK YOU THANK YOU :cheese:
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:iconsynthesia92:
Synthesia92 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, thats wonderfull and very helpfull ^^
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:iconlosteleganceadopts:
LostEleganceAdopts Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
wow cool!
my mom want's me to draw an owl and i've never done it lol
only cartoon owls lol
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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Hopefully my tutorial helps you out a bit then! :)
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:iconlosteleganceadopts:
LostEleganceAdopts Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
thanks:) i bet it will!
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:iconhane-no-kori:
Hane-no-Kori Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Thank you for doing this! I'm trying to learn how to draw owls and this is very helpful.
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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I'm happy to hear it's helpful :)
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:iconmiraclediampress:
MiracleDiampress Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thnx for the help!
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:iconcupcakelover7:
cupcakelover7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful
i've never been able to draw birds but hopefully this will help me in the future!
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:iconaddictionhalfway:
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Glad it helped :)
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XxRockinPrincessxX Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely, I hope this will help me in the future. ^ v ^
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   General Artist
this is great! thanks for sharing! :D
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
OUtstanding! Hey, I learned something today!
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