This is an illustration inspired by a rock band from Holland, The Gathering. This is my first serious foray into Photoshop as an illustration medium, after a few abominations I will chalk up as 'learning experiences'. Two of my favorite illustrators, Holly Warburton and Dave McKean, use photos extensively, and directly influenced this piece. (Anyone familiar with the Paradise Lost album Draconian Times has seen Holly Warburton's cover work.) I have a strange way of working within Photoshop; I stay away from filters completely, and add texture to the piece by chopping bits out of scanned paintings with the magic wand tool and using burn and dodge to paste into the picture.