When I came across the photo of this great ostrich, a look in his eyes connected with me. He had this attitude and I really wanted to capture that attitude in the painting. I used both pastel sticks and pastel pencils on Sennilier La Carte to create the hardness of his beak and the softness of the plume on his head and neck. He was a delight to paint. Once I had his eyes in place, he kept an eye on me until the last mark was laid down. Every time I look at him, he makes me smile! He is just so cute, and I hope he has the same effect on you!