Lately I've been a huge fan of using texture overlays in Photoshop. I used to be against this practice because I felt as if it were "cheating" by taking a photograph and using it to add detail instead of painting it yourself... but then I realized how AWESOME the results can be!
This is still a work in progress! If anybody actually checks my blog please crit this :)
Also, I'm planning on entering a show run by a friend of mine who graduated last year. I'll post more details on that soon, but it should be fun.