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May 6, 2012
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Gylfie by X-x-Magpie-x-X Gylfie by X-x-Magpie-x-X
My Hogwarts OC's pet owl, Gylfie. She's an incredibly irritable and aggressive creature to pretty much everyone except Red. However Red has plenty of scars on his hands from back when the owl hated him too. It took him three years to finally have a bond with her, she was pretty stubborn and hard to please. She doesn't like other owls and is incredibly attention-seeking, she'll often peck if she feels like she's being ignored.

She's a brown wood owl, if you're interested in species. I felt like drawing her, and I;d been wanting to draw an owl again for a long time. I'd originally planned to re-draw Hedwig, but I felt that Gylfie needed some love, so here we are. Her markings are a pain in the butt to get down. I drew the lineart at 2am yesterday before running off to services and nearly flooding the whole upstairs of my house in a 4am terror scene. Oh it was an insane night. I may make a journal telling the whole story after my exams. This drawing is a mere result of procrastination. It shan't happen again......I hope.

I'm not very good at drawing owls, so I'm trying to practise. The eyes really bug me and so do the feet. But I wish to improve. So I'm cool with you critiquing this if you feel like you could spare the time. I probably won't re-do it, though, it was A LOT of effort ^^; Those feathers.....are horrible D: *lazy*

I still need to do revision tonight so I'll stop rambling. Stock: [link]žion=&global=1&q=night+premade+background#/d37dnkc I also stalked a few pictures of owls on Google images for rough references: [link] [link] Also used [link] with kind permission of :iconcodiciosa:
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Two main things:
Firstly, the wings shouldn't be that high. It looks like they're coming out of her neck.
Secondly, the pose is interesting but quite awkward. What is she doing? That pose isn't flying or standing, so it looks like she's kind of hovering in mid-air. There are no other indications of external influence on her.

More minor things:
The lines aren't very smooth, so I can see more jagged edges to them (too sketchy-looking). That should have been cleared up in the lineart stage. And there isn't much variation in shading. It looks like two or three colors per area, and not much blurring, especially on the wings. Also, the feathers on the chest and yellow areas of the wings could be done differently to look better.

I apologize if I come across as rude. Wording things to sound polite has never been my strong suit. It really is a wonderful piece. I think it would be cool to try and redo it with some edits and see how it comes out then! :)
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Critique by SeafoamSausages Nov 6, 2012, 6:47:34 PM
I really like this! I love the colors you used; they blend very well! The only little thing that bothers me is it's right claw. I probably couldn't draw it any better, but It just looks a little bit odd. Other than that, I really like this picture! I also liked the background you used for this. It's very mystifying to me. The pose of the owl is very good, also. It's like the perfect snapshot I've ever seen! The shining firefly things around it also add some more mystifying effect to the whole picture, just like the background. I'm defenitely going into my favorites, no doubt!
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X-x-Magpie-x-X Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ;;!
H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! 
Wolf9090 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
this is amazing
X-x-Magpie-x-X Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ;;!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
She is beautiful (I love owls)! :iconowlplz:
X-x-Magpie-x-X Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaw thank you so much X3! I love owls too XDD <3!
Asher12 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
wow!!! that;s cool!! nice claws and wings!!! wow!!! the backround's AMAZING!!! :D
X-x-Magpie-x-X Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you so much! The background isn't by me, link for that is in the description :D <3
Asher12 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
OK!! But it looks so awesome :3
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