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I start "inking" the image - putting in the finished drawing. I draw in black on the white areas, and in mid-grey over the black shadows. The mid grey makes a comfortable contrast against the black - lighter grey or white lines would be too contrasty and uncomfortable to look at.
It's easier to ink over the blue drawing with the black background hidden (left), but every so often I check the drawing with the black background (right) to see how it's coming along.
I use the thinnest brush in my set for backgrounds, and a thicker brush to put heavier lines on the foreground figures, making them look closer. It's easiest to do all of the colour there's least of first - in this case black - that way you know all the remaining lines must be grey, whether the background black is visible or not.