Sorry for being a blog hog with 2 consecutive posts but time permits and I gotta take advantage.
Here's a value rendering of a personal piece that I'm currently involved in. I consciously tried to compose it according to the method used in Baroque and other classical painting traditions which make it a point to lead the viewer's eye around the image. Once I've finished obsessing about the composition and value, I'll begin obsessing about the color and detail. I'll post further progress.