More art... with the background fading into the silhouette foreground. I can't resist a good textured brush in photoshop.
It's done with a wacom actually... and a pencil. 5mm 3B leads... never need sharpening. The textures are both painted, scanned and photographed. The background began life as a photo of a concrete wall. That's part of the fun of digital... it's very much an editorial process of choosing components.
I heard of one artist who scanned in sliced ham for texture. Of course it's all in the processing after it's scanned. I'll have that with mustard please!