over the past two weeks i've been teaching myself to use illustrator (since i needed to for a commission), but this is my first finished piece using the program.
reference of the owl from a magazine clipping was used.
title from "milk thistle" by conor oberst (you bring peace to midnight like a spotted owl).
in response to many questions about how this was made; i drew the black lines with pencil and livetraced them, and then added all the color with different colored paths drawn with the pen tool set to various opacity levels. it's pretty simple actually :]