When looking on how to work on images in black and white, why not check this guy out; just a small selection of designs created by Christiano Siqueira for his "Noir" project. They are simply beautiful. They remind me of character designs thet might have sat well in the film "Sin City" (mentioned a looong time ago on my blog) because how well they are stylised. They show so much.... power, wealth, elegance, swag, you name it and i think the high contrasting black and white is a contributing factor to this. On top of this, it was all designed in Illustrator, proving that skills in the computer area can get you a very long way! I think that there is also something to be said about the composition of the shots as well, they seem to be put into the frame almost as if they were in a movie or graphic novel, which i find interesting!