Thanks for looking and the supportive comments.
Gayze: Well yes they were kind to pose for the photo, unfortunately I can't take the credit there . . Bevsbigsis deserves all that. As for an explanation of my method, the best thing I can do is point you to Gaka's Article on the right side of the pastels forum page. Although we differ slightly nowadays in our technique (not much) that's a great start . .and there's no-one better to learn off than Gaka if you want detail.
Dyin: I don't always work top down but am trying to on this one. Usually go al over the place.
katrem: Normally I'll try and do the background first . . . but I've got to admit I need a lift every now and then through the painting . .so I do a bit of boring bit (Background) then some more interesting bit (sparrow) . .that way it keeps my interest up . . even to the point when I get to tedious bits on the sparrow, I'll digress and do the eye for a bit of a pick-me-up. Little things like that keep me going.
Mo: Sorry mate . .beat ya to it!!
he he . . seriously you should still do it . . it IS a nice pic. Endangered?? ..the sparrow . .well I never!!
OK a bit of a WIP update. After about 6-8 more hours. Sorry about the quality of the photos, the colour is wrong due to the fact that it was taken under a flouro at 11:40pm . . plus my tripod is broken so it's hand held . . hard to get clear macro photos hand held.
This first pic is just the bird (I've done a little more background off to the left but ya don't wanna see that).
Next is the close up . .I measured it and this is about 1.5 times actual size. Bit blurry so the detail doesn't show up as well . . but you can see for a supposedly boring bird there's oranges, creams, greens and blues in there as well as the browns. I kinda like sparrows now
OK will keep you all posted
Gonna be a long one this . . .and it's Monday in about 15 minutes!! WHAAAAAAAAHHH