I don't know if grunge is the right word but that's what it looks like to me. I used a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro with bounce flash in the kitchen. I got up closer and closer and got this of her looking up at my wife. I cropped to half of her face. In Gimp I used Auto Equalize, saturated the eye, cleaned it up a bit, lightened the background a little (I left some color between the hairs unfortunately) and did a couple of other little touch ups.
Tried to use rule of thirds for the eye.
I've been trying to do some different things with cat pictures because the portrait type shots with flash bounced off the ceiling start to all look the same.
See my Cat Group