I recently saw an image done Brian Prince (Click here to see the image) that I just loved. The lighting and texturing are wonderful. I made it my wallpaper background for inspiration.
Finally I decided to take a crack at my own still life. The results are below. I accomplished most of what I was hoping for.
The three images below are:
I think the feedback helped improve the image a great deal, making it a much warmer composition as well as more in line with what I hoped to achieve.
The final image (though feedback is still apreciated) (79k):
The image prior to feedback (78k):
A series of Work in Progress pics (136k):
Images created with Hash's Animation:Master