i guess i could teach you, i found a sample of like 5 feathers, removed background (with background eraser tool), then opened up my original image, copied and pasted all the feathers around 30 times, rotating, scaling them all, once done, i created another layer, sent it to the back, turnt it into a smart layer, added gausian blur to give the depth of field effect, created another layer, sent it to the front, scaled it up, then grouped the 3 layers of feathers, added hue and saturation effect to the folder, check colorize, adjust the colour, add levels, adjust that
I agree that it looks like you are floating and you just don't feel connected to the background. The sword and arm are awesome. Expecially the arm. It has a silent feel to it like you are in a vacume with the only light from the feathers and the fire in the ground. It's really an interesting piece.
Okay so I know nothing about cosplay-sorry- but the sword looks really cool! I really like the dragons and the designs on the blade itself. I agree that you do look kind of like you are floating off the ground. My favorite thing about the piece is the flaming feathers, they look like they are from a phoenix! Great job!