I began working today after my initial ink outline dried over night. The ebauche underpainting is beginning to form and I was even able to put in a preliminary background. I'm envisioning a mountain scene so I did some research on california mountain plants as well.
I also included a sketchbook page showing how I mapped out the values before I begin painting. It's important to have a full range of values and to have the values playing off of each other. So I try and have a dark against a light and vice versa. This early stage is darker than the final painting because I personally have a tendency to go too light right away.
More progress to come..