@RJBonner & almighty_gir
Photosourced doesn't mean I have taken the reference photo itself and just added few things over it of my own, that would be utterly offensive to assume in the first place and similarly degrading as an artist for me.
Anyhow, just because it looks similar to the concept doesn't mean its a copy paste. I rendered the whole thing in photoshop, worked on base layers, added multiple layers of scratches, and at the end, just to give it the feel of the concept, I replicated bits of the original center logo to achieve those highlights and shadows.
Please look at it for what it is. Its a learning assignment for school, and although it may seem like a stretch to argue, I am still trying to get better. I am not going to defend this idea anymore.
I'll probably scrap the griffin and paint it all over again as suggested once I get the hold of the files tomorrow morning.
Thank you for the feedback. Keep'em coming
Edit: Ahh, also, hold off the accusations until I post the textures tomorrow.