Thanks! I feel taking more time to embellish the focal points and doing more work on the feathers would have helped, too. There's also something with my light vs shadow on the form that's throwing me off a bit, maybe I'll take a closer look. Thank you!
I think you hit the nail on the head there for most of it! There's a lot of growing pains here that are plain to see, particularly in the line quality and overall value composition, I agree. Thank you so much for taking the time to write out something so well-thought and helpful! It means the world to me. Keep being awesome! <3