Finaly an update! I had to put this project on hold for a while, I was way too busy.
So since the last time I posted, I got to finish my rigg on the girl. I still have a few things to fix for it to be animation friendly though. But it's guetting there.
So about this background: I did all of the lighting in maya 9.0 and then I applied my textures and colors in photoshop. This way it was much easier for me to adjust the color palette and see the overall result.
Here is what it looks like without any color.