Haven't been on here much lately, been busy with commissions leading up to xmas and now have another 3 more to get done, most I cant show anywhere in case they are seen by the recipient, but this one should be okay to show here. The customer asked me to 'paint a country scene with a Barn Owl in it and possibly a couple of highland cows in the background, but the Owl needs to be the main focus ' Hmmm so there is no reference for this one, it will be 'made up' , sooo I thought the best way to meet the customer needs was to make up a suitable background of bushes, fields etc but make sure everything is slightly out of focus, then add in some highland cows also slightly out of focus but not as much, then right at the 'front' of the scene a Barn Owl sitting on a fence in sharp focus. Fierst I had a quick look around to get an idea of what bushes, trees etc should look like , and found a suitable ref for a Barn Owl and some cows. As there would not be much erasing at all I used a sheet of Bristol Airbrush Paper glued to some mount board. Size is 14" x 11" Etac Efx Paint Micron SB Airbrush So started off with the background, no need for any erasing here just careful work with the airbrush, i.e using small figure of eight movement and scribbling motion, much as we were taught in Mitch's early tutorials. First just draw the shapes in transparent black , (see example below to the right). Then add a glaze of forest green Then burnt umbra for the darker area's This kind of work is nice and relaxing, no erasing or scratching etc, just slowly build up the shapes with careful AB work. Now onto the cows.. This time I went in a bit closer with the AB , creating very fine lines which when built up layer by layer give the impression of depth for the hair, again careful not to erase otherwise the fur would be too well defined. Carried on with the cow's and added in the fence, I thought a 'rustic' look to the fence would be nice . Here I have started to use a little erasing , (for the barbed wire), and a touch of highlighting. Okay onto the Owl , first mapping out the basic shapes but then going in with a fibre pen and pencil eraser. After several layers of erasing and paint , then adjusted the shadows and generally touched up everywhere, also dusted the very back row of trees with white to give an impression of distance. He also wanted his wife's name very discretely hidden in the picture so in the dark shadows of the post I have painted her name as if it has been carved into the wood, unfortunately doesn't show up with my crappy phone camera.