I had seriously put a lot of thought into doing it that way. Usually I'll just put different colors on different layers, then find the tones in my palette that work lol. Well I'm in the middle of another piece, but once I finish this one, I'm going to give the B&W thing a try. I used that for my Scorpion art that I uploaded, I liked the way his head turned out, not so much the rest. But it's practice, practice, practice!
Btw, when can we expect the Jade & Reptile piece? Saw it on MKO, looking good.