Very cool! do you start all your colour stuff like this too?
Not all of it, but most of it, but not to this degree. Usually I only use the black and white to get the tones out and see what works best as a light source and how strong it should be and so on. I prefer to render with colour, but I thought Id go the whole hog in black and white with this one and then add colour, see if it affects the quality any