The photo, again everything is from Whitby, UK. The lady has another ladies hair on as her original hair was a bit tatty and pinned up in buns, the raven was an orniment in a shop, as was the pirate ship. The anchor was actually on the beach, not sure if it was an anchor or an old sea breaker, but it looked interesting. The birds I drew on my wacom and then saved it as a brush, I am sure they will come in handy again, I just drew a few then replicated them and decreased their size. Rays of sun is the aged old trick of radial blur on rendered clouds, nothing exciting but I do use it now and again.
Time, gee this took forever, I have so many versions of it. My favourite version is much more moody and dark, but poop for competitions as judges like to tick boxes and so changed it to conform to standards and make it more easy to look at =) So all in all about 30 hours. The hair alone took about 3 hours. It shouldn't have taken that long, it was only because of the version changes and the time does not always equal a good result, but I think I am at a point where this is finished now.