He looks like he's trying to remember something he's forgotten, in a sort of casual, "I didn't leave the oven on...did I?" way. And your lighting is particularly gorgeous in this... I love the deepwood clutter too.
I love it... looks so real and beautiful!!! The light is awesome and your skills to draw owls are impressive... there´s something really magical about this piece... The trees are majestic and all suggests a hidden forest corner, where an owl would feel very comfortable...
P.D. Since you love owls, you might like the story that leaded to this photo... Check it if you want, no compromise! [link]
My friend makes the drums, his link is in my signature. They're not cheap(being hand made and all) but he's always making them and having workshops with people to make their own. The commission work I get is usually by word of mouth or simply by 'Note'. I don't have a site as I'm too busy to do it properly most of the time and then I forget stuff (I'm a bit of a technophobe). All of the drums in my gallery are commissions for various people, some are 'back for another' ones. I love doing them
thanks for that. Anyway, the drums are proper cured hide and stretched on the frames. I use acrylic paint then varnish and wax. I try not to make the paint too thick and use more washes than anything, just like a watercolor. But unlike watercolor I scrub the paint in fairly hard to make sure it sticks.
So, as to priming...nothing...but they are gently sanded with fine carborundum(?spelling)abrasive, it's white and cabinet makers use it.Then it's wiped over with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust. I tried using a primer but it peeled off...wasn't happy!
I take it, then, that you use an acrylic thinner, as opposed to water. I've painted metal mailboxes, and of course, have run into the same problem with the paint wanting to peel off...I don't know...I'm asking... Yeah, the abrasive makes sense.