Here's the original image that I started with, taken at the Bristol Ren Faire outside of Chicago last summer. Too much clutter in the background. So I used the Quick Selection Tool to outline the dragon. Then I cut and pasted him onto the Slate Background (2). Then I used the spot healing tool to clean up some of the ragged edges, zooming in as needed for added detail.
For the rest, I followed Kim's instructions for the lesson, using the crop tool to extend the canvas. I chose a black background to go with the colors of my image. Then I picked a wet media brush (though I'm not sure which one exactly), and started adding layers and picking colors.
It was fun! I love how the colors POP on the black background. It would be even cooler if they had a metalic sheen to them, but I'm not sure how to do that yet. Anyone have suggestions?