Havok Reed ,thanks again) when I start from silhouettes it all looks pretty good) problems starts after long digging without result. Time is already wasted) my problem is, i believe, in lacking of plan. I never know what will I do next, so it often leads me to useless drawing and in result all is fragmented. I think that I need to accustom myself to working with big brush sizes.
I didn't understand your question (what's BG?) if you mean this sharp parts on gates i did them with Polygonal lasso tool: created new level, selected some random form with lasso and used gradient.
So many great entries. I really wish I had been able to commit more time to finish this. Just seeing everyone's process has been a huge insight!
Tried... failed, but tried. :(