This owl is based on the elf owl, a species that stands only about 5 to 6 inches tall. It’s common knowledge that an owl can rotate their neck almost completely around (about 270 degrees). However, this rotation cuts off the owl’s circulation. To keep their brains from being deprived of oxygen-rich blood the arteries in their neck expand to pool the blood giving them a reservoir to maintain function when their necks are rotated to extreme angles.
Owl, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board