Photoshop Creative Magazine has an ongoing challenge that allows you to download a series of source images and then create an original composition using 1 or more of the provided images. I downloaded the source images from challenge 85 and proceeded to create a photo illustration based on their photo of a lady playing a harp. Winners of the challenge receive a prize and a few submissions are published in each issue.
To create this, I used a variety of source images from Fotolia, iStockPhoto, CG Textures, and MorgueFile. After the composition was set, I isolated the individual elements and proceeded to make multiple adjustments to each. I always enjoy creating designs with dramatic light and this piece has that. In the end, I experimented with soft finishing effects which fits the mood.