I tried my hand had a red male cardinal I used a photo reference. I had a very hard time with this one from the beak to the eyes and the body proportion. I just about put it in the trash but figured might as well just finish it anyways and learn from it.
To top it all off when I pull the masking tape off it pulled the paper up and ripped the paper around the edges which caused the soft pastel dust the stick causing the muddy edges you see.
I have enclosed the photo reference for comparison to my soft pastel painting . Any comments for taking suggestions on different type of tape to use would be appreciated