I did it. I finally sat my ass down to learn how to do a proper digital painting. This is the result.
Perfect? No, but a good start.
I poked around a few different deviant galleries for ideas, but it was ultimately this video [link]
that I was able to borrow from and make the techniques click. Loish, if you see this by any slim chance: Thanks bunches!
I'm in such a good mood about finishing this piece, I'm going to make it available as a print.