Here's a step by step of how I did my Dickens inspired holiday card. I think it took about 5 hours or so... and was loads of fun.
I did the first drawing #1 about 6 months ago... and left it in my sketchbook. But I chose to work it up more for the card. Steps 1, 2 and 3 are the drawing evolution.
The line is pencil on WC paper... the color and shadow is all photoshop.
You'll notice I only added the books after I'd already finished the drawing. But they fit just right and add to the story a lot.