Finally getting around to starting the next piece in this series, Baba Yaga's Red Knight. Pages from my sketchbook a I was working it out:
Started with the thumbnail sketch for the overall composition. From there, worked on sketches for the main figures -- the mounted knight, as well as the hounds. After I had the varied sketches, I scanned and started fiddling around with the composition at larger scale. Moved, rotated, scaled the hounds. Minor bit of lighting roughed as well. The knight's pose was tweaked a little bit too. The angle was difficult for me, and so after it was scanned, I needed to scale his upper body and arm down a bit.