Cool, I'm glad my advice made some sense!! Thanks for the feedback Gnuchi. I like your ideas and am in the process of researching some forms and shapes that might work.
Your eagle is looking ever better! The eye has really worked, as has the area that surrounds it. You have definately achieved a convincing cataract look, and judging by the way you have tackled the tiny feathers around the eye, I imagine you will have nothing to worry about when tackling the other, larger feathers. Plus, I would say do not worry about the shawl too much. It's early days yet, but it might look good if it was bit tattered and torn. The eagle could then look as though it had earned those cataracts!
This is my latest update. As you can see, I have added some details to her hair and skin to give an overwhelmed-by-nature feel, but I'm a little worried that I'm over working it. Any advice will be well recieved!