You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Well, who else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here ...
For some reason owls have this great PR going. If they are depicted in a cartoony fashion they are most often portrayed as wise, elderly and all around nice folks. When in reality they are just as stone-hard killers as ever a shark or for that matter a dolphin. I can get why a dolphin gets a good rep - they at least seem to smile back at you. Not so an owl - it's actually a really spooky-looking bird. Clearly their PR department is top-notch.
Here I tried to depict an owl you don't want to mess with. Yes, that's a bird-scar. Apparently they really can squint their eyes like that, it's just that they normally keep their eyes wide open. Maybe this is mid-blink ... maybe it's just judging us ...
Painted entirely with Krita's default sketch brush, with some guidelines from an owl reference. Used GIMP for some tweaking. Total time some three hours or so.
Done also for the deviant-deadlines contest [link]
which has the theme "owls" this week.
PS: For those too young to know, the quote above is from a famous movie. Look it up.