I recently watched Fantastic Beasts and loved it! To be honest though, I am a HUGE fan of the Wizarding World as a whole. J.K. Rowling can do no wrong in my opinion. The only thing I'm upset about is the fact that I have STILL not received an invitation to attend Hogwarts. I need an owl like Harry's to swoop by the pad, ASAP. Haha. If I DID have the option of choosing a trusty companion like Hedwig, I would want a Snowy Owl like the one I've illustrated. A magical owl that draws it's powers from the stars above. ✨ Yeah, that would be a Fantastic Beast indeed.
One of the biggest challenges regarding this concept was drawing the feet. Feet and hands ALWAYS kick my butt. They're just.. weird. And I think other creatives might be able to relate. For example, while conducting preliminary research I began to notice a tendency among designers to hide the claws of an owl. Generally under a large lump of feathers. I could have done the same but how would that help improve my overall ability? It would NOT. So I embraced the challenge, studied, sketched and simplified to a satisfactory degree.
Overall I am pretty happy with the result. It's not an anatomically exact but that not's the goal. I wanted to capture a style all my own without dodging any difficulties that would help improve the final product.