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Owlpocalypse by charcoalfeather Owlpocalypse by charcoalfeather
Inspired by a conversation with :iconeternalwinters: about one of my favorite children's series (at least when I was a child), the Guardians of Ga'hoole, which features a gang of anthropomorphic owls.

Just a partly-machine owl with blood in the background. Probably a Pure One on steroids in a post-apocalyptic setting/cyberpunk or something. This was originally supposed to be a "pimped" version of The Shattering's cover, but that never came to be.

What I originally wanted this to look like, but since I knew I would never be able to finish it, I just did this instead:
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Background textures from www.cgtextures.com
Blood splatter brush: [link]

Yes, I started drawing animals again.

Painted on Corel Painter X, 2.5 hours.

c) Kathryn Lasky and her Guardians of Ga'hoole series
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, those eyes are pretty freaky, especially since you now know it's a robot. 
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Then why the blood? :stare:
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dramatic effect. Also thought I needed to put something in background so the bird wouldn't blend in with the texture.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds pretty smart.
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LydeaBlaze Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
"Just a partly-machine owl with blood in the background. Probably a Pure One on steroids in a post-apocalyptic setting/cyberpunk or something." <--- This cracked me up.

Also I think that is Ginger, although there are debates which owl that is.

Also, I think you should post the other version you have linked there, thats also quite cool.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, I don't have that file anymore.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
NUUUU
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Akibono Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
it's ok that this was kinda creepy to me? xD (in a nice way)
the plumage, blood and background are very realistic
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. That's fine, actually.
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Madalinka Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it looks truly amazing. You did a great job. :iconsmilieplz:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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Madalinka Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. :)
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OoRaimaeoO Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Love the grungy texture effect behind it. Beautiful detail on the owl as well!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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OoRaimaeoO Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem!
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Johnnicles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
you never cease to amaze me lol
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
derp thanks
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FlowerYoukai Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
I loved this series. Nyra was always my favourite. She was an awesome antagonist, especially when she ripped the heart out of her own sub-ordinate!
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The-Armagedon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
looks absolutely fantastic. Love the feel of the composition as a whole. The background textures matches the gritty tone of the way you painted the owl and it works well. Great job
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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niiary Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job!
Great job with the feathers of the owl! They look smooth but rough at the same time! (Love its texture)
I like the anatomy of the owl! It's just awesome!
And good job choosing colors, I really like the way you added the white as 'bright'!

-DiAnA
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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niiary Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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vinsky2002 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
.. . fantastic art work .. . :woohoo:
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Venry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
nice!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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Venry Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
:tighthug:
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Very nice work! I really love the face and the background. I'd kind of like to see just a tiny bit more detail in the right-hand wing and around the legs -- not too much, as they aren't the focus of the picture, but they seem slightly muddy or blurred compared to the rest of the picture. Otherwise, this is very strong. I love the color palette!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your advice. I'll take that into consideration.
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Saphira-Dragon-Rider Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great job! These books are awesome! :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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ol-bear Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this, but I love your unfinished piece too! you should post that one even though it's not finished! it's so good >w<
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, maybe some other time. Thanks.
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dragon-fly-to-me Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
I like it. Very lovely.
Great work.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is one of your best piece I've seen so far, I can't even complain of any errors since I'm actually far from good at painting by myself so! =) :heart: To be honest though, I love this drawing background for the way they look now, but that's maybe because I wasn't so found with the other background you were planning to paint.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. I spent an hour doing that other background too, LOL. I'm glad I gave that one up and my eyes were already starting to hurt by then.

Thanks for your kind words) You should try using Corel some time.
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Rulhoolie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
I read Kathryn Lasky when she did Dear America books... but never read Ga'hoole; I was already 14 when they were released so I was like "warrior owls? wtf?". But Lasky is a good writer. C:

I like his face, and the way you colored him!
The eyes and eye socket fur are great!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, true, you are older than me. I didn't know she wrote "Dear America" books, though (well, I always thought those books were really boring anyways and not for my demographic group).


Thanks)
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Rulhoolie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
They had a Dear Canada, but they were all girl diaries... they had a a boy version of the Dear America books, I think My America?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, really? I don't know about that. Never was really into "diaries" sort of series.
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