1st step - Just a calambour (a pun) made from "wolf " and "owl" (self contained in "wolf")
2nd step - "The wolf of the steppes" (just the title of a famous novel) > "The owl of the steppes"
3rd step - The steppes reminded me a cossack -and the owl reminded me the sentinel -and the owl and the sentinel reminded me the night
4th step - I just wanted to draw something with a beard -or maybe it was the first step? :)
That is: just mind games -that is entertainment for the intellect plus a little bit of photoshop :)