Originally posted by Wrick19
aloha Jon - i'm new here too, so i dont know what others with more experience might say/suggest... it seems to me that you have a reasonable idea of what you want as well as images you'd like to use and some experience with Photoshop. the next step is putting these things together as you've envisioned them. you might do a rough work up of what you have and explore some of your ideas with the process(es) you want to use - to see what works in the ways you'd like the image to eventually move toward. as you do this you'll find what works and what you like. then you can start from the ground up and do one from what you've learned. the only other thing i'd suggest is that as you work, allow the work to tell you what to let go of and what to pursue and keep for the more finished work. eventually you may come out with something a little or a lot different than what you are thinking of at this point - but if you allow yourself to go with what works you'll probably come out with something that is close to what you want.