So, these are the initial illustrations for the Nelson-Atkins birds and their sculpture nests. There are some readability issues with the nests, and for several of them it is difficult to make the connection that they are based off of the highlighted sculptures.
I'm going to continue in a more digital, geometric approach from this point forward. One thing that I thought was interesting was this map, which uses the photographs in combination with the bring colors. This is something else that I would like to explore, because I think that the combination of the photos and the bold, flat shapes can turn into something really exciting.
Some other things I messed around with, but will not be using: