I did the original in 4 days in Photoshop for the Mountain's 'Mythical Women' t-shirt contest. Used no reference, which shows, I'm sure. Then tweaked some parts to get it accepted at Epilogue (thanks to everyone in the WIP forum who helped out!)
This pic is very uncharacteristic of me. I don't care for the subject matter (I really don't dig pretty girl pics), but I wanted to enter the contest, and this was what came to mind and fit the theme requirements.
I'm surprised at how well the water turned out. Hell, I'm down right proud of the water :)