I still don’t know enough.
I cannot explain how jankily quick the experimentation was on this. Grabbed a character and slapped a concept together with what I’ve made so far. Decided to check out a few bashing tutorials and the one thing I noticed in a vast majority of them was the use of sharpening and bloom. Not something I find appealing for my own illustrative work, but if I need to bang out some concepts, I’d give it a try.
I can’t find the photo reference I used to do the initial study. Wish I could credit you, even though it was a royalty free stock image.