So you can see I have my set up with a strong source light. I begin my drawing usually with a neutral color. Here is kind of a raw umber.
And I continue with the drawing process until I have the shapes finished. I am someone who really responds and loves "line". There are those who go right for the masses and that is also a wonderful way to start. But for my personality, I love to respond to line. I have no fear of going inside or outside of the line which helps. Some feel trapped by a line and hence feel more comfortable with adjusting contours of masses. It's all good.
I was unhappy with the drawing of the spoon so I wiped it out with a transparent wash of the ground color and redrew the spoon.
Now I begin to mass my shadows in first, helping to set the darks of the painting.
I continue to develop the shadow shapes and add more information within those darks. When I feel satisfied with this part I move on to the information illuminated by my source light. You can see that the spoon is more developed.
Now I put in the ground color, a light pink. What I love about saving this for last is that I can carve in on the contours of the shapes and adjust where I want to. A little more information on the cup and saucer and a finished painting.
And another shot of the finished painting and the set up.