Drawing of various species of owls. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. In the gallery is the Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Great Gray Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, Snowy Owl, Western Screech Owl and several other species of owl. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. Signed prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you don't see the owl you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific owls can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color.
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
Of all the birds of prey groups, the one I have drawn the most of are owls. For good reason too, as they are interesting and beautiful animals. As they are mostly nocturnal, that alone separates them from most of the avian world. I have only even seen a few owls in my life in the wild. One time being alongside the Mississippi, tromping through a pine forest that had been damaged by flooding the previous year. We scared up a Great-Horned Owl, that few silently from one branch to another and looked at us with what appeared to be mild distain or even annoyance. Since that time, I have looked for these birds, but they can be tricky to spot. I'm not sure when I'll be adding more species of owls to this gallery, but it probably won't be too long. If you have a request to see a specific type of owl illustrated, or would like information about having a custom illustration made please send me an email.
Owls are predatory birds belonging to the Order Strigiformes. There are about 200 different species of owls in existence. Most owls are nocturnal, but there are some that are active during the daylight hours. They are found on all continents except Antarctica. Owls have forward facing eyes set in a facial disc. They have binocular vision, but their eyes are fixed in their sockets, so if they want to change their view they must move their entire heads. The size of owls vary greatly, from the diminutive Elf Owl, which is native to North America weighs in at 1.1 ounces (31 grams) whereas the Eurasian Eagle Owl has a wingspan of over six feet and weighs 10 pounds (4.5 grams) Owls rely on stealth and surprise when hunting their prey. They are designed to fly nearly silently, and with their excellent eyesight and hearing, they are able to see and hear prey from a good distance, determine where the animal is, and how best to launch an attack. Owls feed on small mammals such as mice and rats, so their presence in an urban environment provides important pest control. Their powerful talons can grab and hold prey, while their curved, downwards pointing beaks are specially designed to tear apart flesh. In Western culture, the owl is the symbol of wisdom and knowledge, whereas in Arab mythology owls are sometimes seen as bad omens.