The shade of grey/brown/black I need is going to be difficult but I think with the right combination of layers I can get it.... this is just getting the initial highlights and shadows in as well as placement and lines. The sad part is that I learned something last month in my RISD class that really helps and I am upset I didn't start doing this sooner. The act of mixing up the 2 or 3 colors I would use most BEFORE I start painting seems like a logical idea, right? Yeah well I JUST started doing that now and it makes a world of difference in the amount of canvas I can cover in one session. No one ever said I had a lot of common sense.
Here is the original photo:
And here are pics from after the intial painting session on it. It is 8 by 8.