In the process I learned that it was better to isolate the owl and all its brush elements and create an .EPS files that I could easily open in Photoshop, tweak the colors and then place it back into Illustrator to keep my files sizes down.
The initial non-expanded owl with brushes was like 500m. When I expanded them, the file size was over 1g.
The document working size is 11×17 so it was easier for brush control.
Here’s some more images and close ups from this piece.
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