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Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Left – Asian brown wood-owl (Strix leptogrammica); right – Pearl-spotted owlet (Glaucidium perlatum). Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer can be a good teaching material for studying biology and ornithology in particular. Scientific illustrator Patricia Ferrer Beals has been working on medical, science and botanical illustration for more than two decades. While creating her scientific bird illustrations, she uses such media as pen and ink, gouache, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Her detailed scientifically correct original drawings of birds adorn world famous animal life encyclopedias, publications, advertising, museums, and private collections. Patricia Ferrer Beals currently teaches Art & Design and gives lectures at the University of Michigan. Patricia is a Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and 3 children.

Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Left – Blakiston’s eagle-owl (Bubo blakistoni); right – Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus). Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Patricia Ferrer Beals got her degree in Graphic Communications (BFA) and Biology (BA) from Washington University in St. Louis; M.F.A. in Medical & Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She’s taught numerous undergrad and graduate level classes, including multiple international, accredited field-sketching courses from Costa Rica to Southern Africa. Her clients include universities, science museums, advertising firms, hospitals, and publishing houses.

Burrowing owl

Left – Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), right – Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)

Owl is a symbolic animal. The majestic power of the night-hunting owl was recognized by people around the world. Owls have appeared on artifacts for thousands of years. Clay models and sculptures of owls or other artistic representations of owls can be found in many cultures. Today representations of owls are popular with collectors.

Eastern screech-owl

Left – Eastern screech-owl (Otus asio); right – Southern white-faced owl (Ptilopsis granti)

Owls have a long history with humans. The relationship is probably not as close as that between humans and diurnal birds of prey, but, nevertheless, owls abound in myths, poems, paintings, and folklore. It is probably the owls’ almost human “face” that makes them so popular with many people.

Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia