Pining - Monochromatic Study

Pining - Monochromatic Study - student project

Ok, I did add some red and green there.  This was difficult for me as I really don't like painting monochromatically.  I love drawing that way with graphite, but for some reason I just think "grisaille" underpainting when painting black and white.  I was going for a more stylized approach.  I like the concept, the execution is ok. I hope the next to be better as I'll be using more professional gouache ( Holbein vs Himi I've used this time ) and better paper ( Arches or Fabriano vs. Canson which I have a hate relationship with )  How are your experiences with papers and brands?