Begin with a simple sketch of an owl. The eyes need to be an eye space apart. The beak starts in between the eyes.
Next cover the background of the owl with a very light value of color.
Next use different brushes to create the feathers with a slightly darker value of color. Refer to my video for more details.
Next begin to add India ink for the eyebrows and around the eyes. The feathers on top of the head are small. Examine photos of owls to see the size, shape, and direction of the feathers. If the feathers are going in every direction it will look like a cactus.
Continue adding layers and layers of feathers using different brushes. White feathers can be added on top of dark colored feathers. Add a white shiny or a few to the beak.