The Illustration Process - Stage 3

The third stage of my illustration process is adding colour. I prefer using watercolour pencils because they allow me to create a soft watercolour effect but with some added texture. I rarely use just one colour on any element. The rocks, for example, are a combination of 3 colours and each robin requires blending 5 to 12 colours.

Last but not least is the title for the illustration. Did you know that a group of robins is called a round of robins? Here is Gather a Round (because it's time to celebrate!) featuring 16 Australian robins for my friend Daniel in the lead up to his wedding at the start of April.