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GHOW head different angles ref by Ciameth GHOW head different angles ref by Ciameth
Great Horned Owl head at different angles. These are all the same bird except for two in the middle: the angry, puffed up owl 3 across and 5 down, and the picture of the chick right beneath him. The main model is a permanent resident at a raptor rehabilitation center. His ear tufts are down in the majority of these images because they typically only go up when he is alarmed or upset. This guy is a patient, tolerant bird on the glove (he is frequently used to train inexperienced volunteers how to jess and handle a raptor for the first time), but there is one thing that never fails to immediately perk those ear tufts up: children. The other five Great-Horned Owls who live together at the center also appear to hate children (even well-behaved, quiet groups of children) and it is somewhat amusing to see all ear tufts raise simultaneously when a school tour group arrives.

Feel free to download for personal use. Not for photo-manipulation.

Red-tailed Hawk Ref: [link]
Barn Owl Ref: [link]
Burrowing Owl: [link]
Turkey Vulture: [link]
Golden Eagle: [link]
American Kestrel: [link]
Icterid (Brewer's Blackbird): [link]
Raptor Foot Ref: [link]
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AmethystSadachbia Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heheh, I love the middle row/3rd from the left picture. Looks like an owl's version of "WHAZZUP?!" :D
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JMagnus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thank you doesn't even come close... but thank you!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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kathebat11 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
the fourth one from the left in the last row is my favorite :3
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
YOU ARE SO COOL!
Thankies so muuuuch! :icondragonhugplz:
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you planning to draw some Great-horns? :)
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'll try, but I simply can't get the ear tufts right! Its also the eyes. THEY DRIVE ME MAD.
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ChaosManiac Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat!
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xXowlflightXx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it scares me... its eyes are just *shivers*
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I didn't know their ear tufts could move! Cool!
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Starath Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
This is really cool. Thanks for making the ref sheet. Funny how so many of the faces have a "GTFO" attitude to them. :giggle:
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Digital Artist
What a wonderful reference! This will be very helpful. :D

Do you think you would ever make one for magpies?
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't work with any magpies, so I would have to spend A LOT of time just sitting outside taking pictures of magpies, which would be fun but... I just don't have that much free time. There will be more raptors though!
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010   Digital Artist
Ah, okay. It really would take forever to make a head angle ref of a wild bird. Thank you for replying. :D

Yay! More raptors. :dance:
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MasterMhal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
awesome references! thank you so much!
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caligis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, some awesome expressions here... he is so srsface

O v o
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Appofyc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
facanating bird!nice photos
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another completely amazing reference sheet. Thank you so much!
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   General Artist
Oh wow, this is great! Thank you so much for sharing all of this wonderful stuff!
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Gladys-Design Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are extremely useful - A ton of thank-you for uploading <3
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Awesome ref! Thanks for posting it! :)

Haha, how cute. I love owls with ear tufts, they're so expressive.

Not that the bald ones aren't... but the tufts are just cute.
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
We actually had a "bald" Great-horned owl. Got his head caught in barbed wire, and ended up looking like Harvey Dent/Two-Face, with nothing but mangled feathers and scar tissue covering half his head. Poor guy. He definitely wasn't cute. But yeah, I know what you mean--even the owls (naturally) without tufts are very appealing. Like this little Saw-Whet Owl from the same center: [link]
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Oh goodness. Saw-whets are definitely my favorite kind of owl. They are just so precious.

Poor thing! That must have been horrible for him. I hope he had a long life. :)
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is fabulous, thanks again!
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freezeframe666 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Now THATS what I'm talkin bout'!
Nice work!:):)
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