I have to force myself to use black - I'm too timid with value at times so when I add it from the start it really helps me to balance the rest of the drawing. It also give a fun graphic quality to the drawing.
The PDCA will hold their event during the Kentucky Derby next year. They asked me to use classic Derby symbols in the pug art. Big, fancy hats are a tradition along with the official drink: the mint julep. Roses and horseshoes, of course!