After a few hours of painting, this is where I'm at. I have the background blocked in. It will stay that way until after the figure is done. The clothing is next because the white is throwing all the values off.
My palette is limited to the basics. For the flesh tones, I started with Cad Red Light, mixed with Turners Yellow. My shadows were created with Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Red and Burnt Umber and a little of Permanent Sap Green. Cad Red Light was added to the the shadows in areas where the shadow turned to the light. The background was done in Alizarin Red, Burnt Umber and French Ultramarine.
The paper is 150# Arches Cold Press. I always wet and stretch it beforehand to prevent buckling.