One week later, he is half feathered. I had many distractions this week, and only put in 10 disks of Claudius The God by Robert Graves. I measure time by books on tape any more. I had hoped to get this far by Friday, then finish out his other side over the weekend, and take Monday to work his legs and tweak troubled spots. No such luck. I spent two days adjusting his face and neck, and sorting out volume issues with his body before I could even start on feathers.
Feather areas require a few failed attempts before getting them right, then new feather types need to be tried out, and sometimes this requires obliterating other areas of feathers as they no longer read cohesively, and a new round of experimentation begins. These are usually little 20 minute setbacks, but they really start to add up. Another factor in slowing things up is the fact that this kind of fussy retentiveness makes me loopy and annoyed- which results in a sort of burn-out exhaustion of patience.
All whining aside though, I’m starting to think he has a good bit of Quailyness going on. 

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