The Illustration Process - Stage 2

From the initial pencil sketches and ink outlines of the individual robins, the second stage of my illustration process is all about layout.

After all the robins have been scanned, I can now move each robin around in Photoshop and Illustrator until I find an arrangement I'm happy with. Figuring out the placement can take a bit of time as I need to mentally fill in the background that will turn a collection of individual robins into one cohesive drawing. Once I've determined the layout (top image), I print the illustration out on watercolour paper and ink in the background by hand (bottom image).