@rgdraw: Thanks a lot! Haven't pushed rendering for a character in a long time and this'll be a fun challenge.
Spent tonight mostly gathering refs. Can't remember the last time I made a ref board for non-work stuff, serious now Should probably at least started part of the ref board a little before going into render, but it's not the first or last time my "process" is complete chaos haha.
Didn't paint a whole lot on the actual piece, but began tweaking lighting.
The actual ref board file is really huge. didn't resize anything I found for speed sake. Kind of a random assortment of material studies, awesome paintings with lighting/colors I like, gesture and shape references what not. Apologies for not listing source for the images, simply not enough time.