this picture caught my eye then I read your description "owls are my favorite animals" I wish I can say "me too" but I can't help to emphasize it because I really really really REALLY love owls lol I have a couple hundreds of owl art, dolls, sculpture collection in my house lol. I know I'm not the only person in the world who love owls, but I'm just still happy to see people with this same interest, and the dedication and talent to create these kinds of art work. Really, amazing piece of art!
That is super interesting, how did u burn the wood? Obviously with fire/something hot...but was it like a torch or something? I think it's super cool that u burned it and there is detailed lines, texture, gradients, and etc. It's really interesting. Did you sketch on or work from a photo? Sorry, I'm just really curious.