For this pic, since it was supposed to be dark with a brilliantly-lit magic circle in the background, I went with the dramatic lighting. And it lets me be lazy. No troublesome skintones here, just straight-up positive and negative space.
I couldn’t find a reference of the exact pose I needed, so I had my husband pose for me and took pictures. Works like a charm! Why have I never done this before?
And a closeup of the face.
While this might have given me trouble with full-on color, as positive/negative space, it just becomes fun. And I can even get close to the likeness, too.