That moment I'm always dreading.
So I started laying in the blacks around the owl's eyes and beak only to see that it's much too dark for the rest of the painting!
Fuckity-fuck and super shit!
Thank God I opted for watercolors instead of ink as originally planned. With some careful maneuvering, I was able to blot and lift off most of the problem areas.
To have the owl entirely detailed in black would've killed a lot of the vibrant blues I worked so hard to save. If this were a pure comic book illustration it'd work but this owl falls a bit more on the fine art side.
To remedy this, I created a deep darkish-purple, that from a distance appears black but doesn't swallow up the rest of the painting (click on image to see the purples at work).
Now I just have to blend and soften the dark edges and add ALL those tiny, little detail hairs on the feathers.
Everything should be completed by the next step. Let's hope!