Eagle Owl portrait

Well it's been some time since I have painted an owl, so I decided to paint a portrait of the Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus). This is a medium sized owl and one of the smaller eagle owls, the facial disk is off white to pail ochre with yellow eyes, very attractive. It has prominent ear tufts, dusky brown upper body.

Started off by working the eyes an beak, together with the dark areas

Started off by working the eyes an beak, together with the dark areas

At this stage I block in all the under feather dark colors to then go over with the lighter colors on a new layer.... 

At this stage I block in all the under feather dark colors to then go over with the lighter colors on a new layer.... 

Three days and 4 layers later, the spotted eagle owl is complete.... 

Spotted Eagle Owl, complete, oil on canvas, 20x20cm

Spotted Eagle Owl, complete, oil on canvas, 20x20cm