I'm going to preface by saying that I really haven't attempted working with backgrounds before, but I got inspired to whip up something simple in Photoshop after having read through Hans Bacher's Dream Worlds. Here's the final along with a couple of thumbnail sketches.
This one is just a quick sketch from a photograph with some shapes and colours blocked in.
I was getting bored of the old blog template, so I figured I'd update it. Let me know what you think.