I'm a big believe in working in black and white first because it helps me keep my values, shapes, and brush strokes under control. I'm very singular in my focus so this gives me the opportunity to address one element at a time. Any more than that, and I can get too confused to work at the quick pace I'm accustomed to and enjoy.
With the black and white version in place, it was time to move onto color. I get a lot of questions about how I transition from black and white to color. The secret? Layers, layers, layers. I basically replace every color you see with a color value I find pleasing. This isn't always a 1 to 1 process - often my values shift as I move to color but the process still works well for me as I transition from black and white to the final. Its not a very glamorous process and like anything else, it just takes time.
I presented 2 color options for this one: