That is great news, you are way too talented to be doing 'fan art', that won't get you the serious attention you deserve. Best of luck with everything, looking forward to more birds, If I can help with ref or anything (I'm the lead artist for the iBird series of apps for iPad iPhone) do let me know.
What kind of owl is this? Is it the transformer owl, the raddest owl in existence besides the snowy owl? You really did a good job of making the feathers lifelike, and the face is so realistic! That picture is so beautiful!
this is brilliant!!! I want to be able to do this too, but whenever I try to draw something realistic with a ballpoint pen I exagerated, so it's always too much, and then I hate it, and go back to pencils. But this is amazing. I also adore the colour!