Being a bit of a rebel I decided to with a more minimalistic approach. I also used Photoshop for the whole thing and a lower dpi due to financial and technical limitations. Working with Photoshop I ran into some problems. Mainly because there's no proper way to do symmetry other than realigning everything to the center.
I chose to go with the Eurasian Eagle-Owl because they always look like they're plotting something.
I quite enjoyed this class, this technique was just what I needed to broaden my skill-base.