I worked on this for maybe a total of 4 hours. Overall Im alright with it but theres something about it that irks me. I think it may have to do with the lighting or the detail on the feathers? Throw your thoughts at me..
> the moon is distracting
> the night sky is light blue and in a gradient, quite confusing- as its DARK and the MOON is shining
> Link, being the protagonist, doesn't really stick out among the very colourful owl
> where does the light come from that is illuminating links face and the owl's front?
> have you painted this in greyscale/does it work in greyscale?
> the black outline in the owl's face bothers me because you don't use black outline elsewhere on this scale
> i like it
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I would really think about your light sources, you can have that reddish second source from the left but it would be hitting the branch as well. on the owl i think the block cheeks are kind of distracting. if you took care of some of these things this will be a really excellent painting, I already think its pretty awesome.
I keep looking at it, and the owl's eyes look like they're strangely spaced. The eye closest to us, his right, looks further apart than the eye on his left. They both look like they're parallel on the same line, so his face doesn't look like it has sufficient 'roundness' there.
@chipsandsalsa: The black cheek markings are a part of that owl. It's named Kaepora Gaebora, IIRC
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It's better, I like the idea having link on his head! Try doing the moon less detailed, maybe blur it out a little, and make it more "shiny", not neccessary brighter but it should have some light shining. Almost the same effect as the stars you got there.
The owl seems to be suffering from a case of two dimensionality. Its facial features look stuck onto a flat surface. This may be easily fixed by just having that beak protrude some. I would expect it to block the far eye slightly, no?