Below is a CD cover I created for the Sherwood Renaissance Singers.
Mercury Script is my favorite font. I bought it on sale at MyFonts.com.
The background texture adds a vintage character that would have taken me hours to create. I downloaded it in seconds after remembering a post from Chris Spooner.
While I can illustrate well, I would have struggled to create the flourish that gives that extra detail necessary in tying the whole design together. I do not usually use so many pieces created by other artists, but sometimes their works are the only things that complete my final design.
While using someone else's work in my own piece, I always strive to create something that is unique to my client and distinctly a work of my own.