Last summer I decided to develop my photoshop skills and here is a few examples of what I came up with:
This was developed purely from scratch based on a youtube tutorial. Mainly working with the pen tool/ line tool, hue and saturation tools.
I used an image of a frog (taken from google images) and then liquified it. Then used the lens and flare tool on the background and adjusted the lighting.
Again taken from google images and then adjusted lighting/ contrast. Then layered a few effects over the top of each other.