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Uploaded: December 7, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: December 6, 2011
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Hey everyone, here's a tutorial on how to draw one of my favorite animals, the owl. I just love how owls seem to be all eyes. It gives them such a cool mystique. I hope you have fun with this one!

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How to Draw an Owl Head, Masked Owl

how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I used an F pencil for sketching/lines, a 3H for light shading/lines, and a 3B for dark shading/lines. You can find out more about all of my supplies by going to finalprodigy.com and clicking on "art supplies."
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should look something like this. Keep it as clean and possible by erasing any lines that you don't need.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 4

STEP 4.

Build up your sketch by adding a bit more light detail to the front of the face. Build up the mask "border" and work on the owl's outline a bit more.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 5

STEP 5.

Shade in the background using a 3B pencil the blend is your shading using a blending stump.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 6

STEP 6.

Use a 3B pencil to lightly go over the darker shading of the eyes. Then go over that using the F pencil. Use the 3H pencil for any light shading.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 7

STEP 7.

Lightly blend over the face to bring the value down. You don't want it to be pure white. After that use an F or 3H pencil to plan out the flow of the feathers on the face. Also roughly plan the shading of the face (around the eyes, for instance).
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 8

STEP 8.

Use the 3H pencil to add detail to the face. Work from top to bottom. Make your lines follow the flow of the feathers.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 9

STEP 9.

Now use an F pencil to wok on the "border" of the face.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 10

STEP 10.

Use 3B and F pencils to smooth out the background and define the outline. Make the owl's outline as natural and smooth as possible.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 11

STEP 11.

Use a 3B or F pencil to sketch out the shading for the rest of the drawing.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 12

STEP 12.

Start adding final details to the rest of the owl. You can pretty much accomplish the rest of the shading using only a 3H pencil. Start at the tip of the head and work your way down.
 
how to draw an owl head, masked owl step 13

STEP 13.

Finish up the drawing by using the 3H to shade in the rest of the feathers. Don't forget to add in the spots. Use an F or 3H pencil to darken any areas that the 3H can't handle. Call it done after going over your details and fixing up your shading. Hope you all enjoy this tutorial. Let me know what you think and how you do with it.