This, as Makenzi points out, is rather bleak, but it's also from a book set during the Reign of Terror, so bleak is.... what's needed. And believe me, I could have made it bleaker! =P
I was reading Baroness Orczy's Lord Tony's Wife as a bit of fluff, and thought this quote was a good image to practice black and white photoshop work with:
"….and Yvonne like a trapped bird was bruising her wings against the bars of her cage"
Adobe Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom Intuos 3, about 1 to 1.5 hours, using just a size 8 hard round brush in black and white.