I like adding the black and white at the end of the painting. I think it is important to get the values and basic color well in hand before adding the deepest dark and lightest light.
This painting would make a good companion to the first practice piece I painted, though the 'characters' are mostly the same in both. (The other painting is currently at a gallery, so I cannot compare them side by side.)
$200.00; $15.00 S&H
20" x 20" on canvas, edges painted black
lots of texture