I began this project with a simple tutorial that I found on http://abduzeedo.com .
(Link to the tutorial is provided here)
I tweaked some of the steps and fixed it up how I saw fit for this project, and came to this:
From there I began working on the background using some of the cloud brushes I had previously saved on my computer and gave it a colored gradient overlay.
Then I cropped myself out a picture that I have recently taken of myself.
And i placed the cropped image in here like so and added a light black gradient to “dim” the image, to give it more of a blending feeling.
Once in place, I started to work on the phoenix which I wanted to place in my hand. Then realized that some of the layers would be covering my face, So cropped a small section of my face to give the appearance that the layers where behind me.
And that concludes this project.