I spent the last 2 evenings on owl time, sketching this up. I remembered I had some quality paper around to experiment on, this is some Ingres paper and I think by using the rougher side it created a lot of extra work. I was not getting the kind of darks in the background I was hoping for to offset the owls in the foreground. It took a lot of extra crosshatching which I'm practicing at but this had gotten a bit too much so I ended in stumping it down.
I've enjoyed doing these owls and trying to capture the fondness that I saw between them.
This will go to auction tomorrow July 23.