This actually happened last year. The one thing this comic doesn't show is how the owl flew a short distance away and stared at me more disdainfully than my cats ever could for surprising it.
When this happened I was training for an obstacle course race. I was running in a state park and the sun was setting. I normally don't run that late but my schedule had been crazy that day and I was determined to get the run in. I truly did not see that owl until it flapped its wings in front of me, just like in the picture. I was literally about that close to it, which was cool except I missed a few heartbeats; not good when your heart is already pounding because you're on mile 4 out of 5.5. In fact I still don't know how I surprised the owl, seeing as how I was running down a well-marked gravel path and my feet were making crunching noises. I began drawing this last year almost as soon as it happened, but after finishing the draft I lost my motivation to finish the pencils. I really like doing these pencil comics but I this took many, many hours, and when the winter holidays hit I got distracted and it was forgotten.
I'm trying to get back into the groove of drawing things on a more regular basis, but I've been so stressed it's been HARD. Taking care of myself is still very much #1 on my to-do list, but this did help me calm down a little, and I really enjoyed the feeling of satisfaction of completing something that's been sitting on my desk for so long.
This image Copyright 2017 Caitlin Baner, all rights reserved. Original art drawn on 3 11x17" sheets of 200-lb weighted bristol. Derwent Graphic Drawing Pencils were used for the drawing and shading. Minimal Photoshop editing occurred.