Create a sleepy or an alert owl. One relaxed or attentive and watchful. Simple shapes is what makes this so easy and fun to create.
Start with the eyes by creating a square.
Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the 3 corner widgets and pull them into the center.
Right+Click on the shape and choose Transform> Reflect and click COPY.
Line up the Eyes.
Create a white circle for the background and another circle for the eyes.
For the crown of the head, create an oval.
Duplicate the oval slightly above the first one.
Use the Minus Front command in the pathfinder panel with both selected to get the crown.
Add a 15 pt white stroke to the crown and place it above the eyes.
For the body create a rectangle.
Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the 1 corner widget and pull it into the center.
Place the body under the eyes.
Right+Click on the shape and choose Transform> Reflect and click COPY. Size the copied part slightly smaller.
For the nose create a square and rotate it 45°.
Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the top point and move it up.
Place the nose between the eyes.
Add a 15 pt white stroke to the wing for separation.
Select the left wing and choose Object>Path>Offset Path.
Offset the path -30 and click OK.
Select the newly offset path and repeat the Offset Path at -30 and click OK.
Arrange the wing panel behind the other objects.
Bring the right wing above or send the left wing behind to get the effect of the layered wings.
To create sleepy eyes, duplicate the eyes slightly offset.
Use the Minus front Command in the pathfinder panel with both circles selected.
To change the crown, duplicate the nose and widen the diamond shape.
With the wide diamond shape over the head, duplicate the wide shape again and change the height of it. I colored the shapes to make it easier to see. Use the Minus Front Command in the Pathfinder Panel to get the crown shape.
Fill the crown shape with brown and add a 15 pt white stroke.
Change the layering of the wings, the crown and the eyes to create many different looks to the owl.