I've been working on several new prints at once lately. Below are the pen drawing designs I've created - in the case of Pool Skaters and Jazz Club I've scanned in my original drawings then printed out copies onto A4 paper. Then I've cut them out and arranged them into a composition. All the original drawings are now stuck up on my studio wall (see forth photo down).
Once I'm happy with the composition of the image I want to make into a print, I decide how I want to separate the colours (usually into four to six separate lino block layers). I then trace each layer onto separate sheets of tracing paper cut very accurately to the same size as the image - below I'm in the process of tracing the dark blue layer of Pool Skaters.
Next I will cut the lino blocks to size (exactly the same size as the tracing paper sheets) and then flip the tracing paper over so the pencil marks are against the lino block. Then I'll scrub the back of the tracing paper so the image is transferred onto the block (although it will now be a mirror image).
Now - off to buy a LOT of lino! And sharpen those tools...