about 5 weeks ago i treated myself with an online "photoshop artistry course". it will be 60 videos to work through, but i can do it at my pace. it is by instructor sebastian michaels and i LOVE it!
here i´m exercising with the gradient layer: smoothly blending the compass to fade to the right.
again a lot of selfmade brushes involved. i love the "stamping" on the background with numbers. gives it quite some texture, i think.
background again spray painted and scanned. bird by deviantart.