While the making of my work consists of many steps and varies greatly from project to project, I do have a fairly simply planning process. Here it is in 5 easy steps.
Take lots of pictures
Tools: SLR and iphone
Review images, upload favorites to computer and print
Tools: Computer and printer
Use black and metallic markers to highlight any spots on the printed image that will not show well through tracing paper. Trace out favorite elements.
Tools: Black and metallic markers, tracing paper, pencil, eraser and ruler (if need be)
Rework, add and subtract lines from traced image while thinking about how they will fit/interact with other images in the overall design.
Tools: Pencil and eraser
Photocopy images in a wide range of sizes (make three copies of each) then print them all as a mirror image. Cut images out and mix and match them with one another while altering line work as necessary. Arrive upon completed design.
Tools: Photocopier, scissors, pencil, eraser, glue stick and ruler