Yup, it can happen. I haven't really painted in years. Back in the day I was a solid painter, held my own so to speak. When I was able to start hobbying again I was rather intimidated by the level of painting we see today. After procrastinating about it I decided to start slapping some color on stuff. This time around, based on discussions with friends I decided it was time to up my game with an airbrush. I dove into videos and other resources and started to practice and experiment. I figure I'd share some of the things I've found out so far.
I use Photoshop and it occurred to me that I may be able to do all
the tonality prior to applying the red. Red and yellow tend to be
somewhat translucent, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Update: If you poke around on Youtube you'll find this technique in more detail. I guess I'm behind the curve.
I started with the overall shading and highlighting. I worked up
from black, light grey for the midtones, pure white for the highlights.
At that point I figures I may as well run a black wash for some definition.
The piece is lacking contrast but the pretone idea worked. From here I'll seal it up and add some weathering. I need to balance detail with time, so for now I'll keep it simple.
Right. I picked up some Vallejo Oiled Earth wash to crud up the piece.