This is an image that I painted of Nilhsa Eermat from my own memory. She was adorned for the ceremony about to occur; The Day of Defining Decisions which is a ritualistic coming of age celebration common to her culture.
To read the writing that goes with this piece go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/restlessd/art/7704852-mystical-adventures-ii
Original shot with a Kodak EZS Z915.
553 MB and over 30 layers in PSCS2. Used blending modes & filters including Fractalius.
The robe is a hand painted (Wacom Tablet) pencil drawing that I brought into PS and used several layers of freestock wallpaper textures with clipping masked layers.
Extras: Textures from Shadowhouse Creations
PS brushes from RedheadStock at DeviantArt.com