TY! I think doing the two I did taught me a lot -- I'm looking forward to doing a few more so I can apply that plus what I did with the slightly more realistic refs. As I think I've been saying, I think it's a style that'll really work well for me in the end. Just got a few more things to work out!
Thanks! And sorry, this is from like a billion years ago, but quakers and monk parakeets aren't just cousins, they're the same bird with different names! I think the article I referenced for this was about the ones there in NYC, but I'd have to find the magazine again.