These are two images from my painting group on Monday morning. The second picture shows the work in progress and the first is how it stands now. This is all about practice, practice, practice. A lot of figure artists start with the darks and gradually build toward the lights and that works really well for them. It might work really well for me too but instead, I like to establish the lightest lights early on. Maybe that is because I tend to use fairly stiff brushes that would scratch the underpainting off if I tried to apply lights on top of the darks.
oil on canvas - 24"x18"