So I'm experimenting with using miniature setups for reference...it's super fun! I still haven't decided how much I want to rely on the setup...weather to just use it for structure/light or literally build it up to the last detail. I am going to turn the drawing above into a grayscale oil painting. Which I should also note is because I want to focus on value without color for the moment.
Also I definitely hear what you're saying about full range of values...the drawing is mostly just to setup the picture from the reference. I'm going to finish it as a black and white oil painting so that's when I'm going to get really deep into all the values.