The Illustration Process - Stage 1

I recently learnt that Australia has a whole range of robins. They have inspired an illustration for a friend that I've been mulling over for the last few weeks.

Like the Great Barrier Reef and Canadian Prairies illustrations I have planned, here is the first stage of my process for creating this particular type of illustration (as opposed to picture book illustrations that I will share at another time). I begin with pencil sketches that I ink by hand before scanning them onto my computer. Using Photoshop and Illustrator, I clean up the ink outlines and begin playing with layout. The writing you see are the list of colours I have chosen for each bird to bring them to life.