1st Pick- OTC: Your best sig to date. The stock and background go hand in hand, the blending is excellent. The white fog behind him, gives the bg a little more. The font also goes very well alongside the background, and the stock is very well lighted. I don't know, it just seems so right....
2nd Pick- Impulse: Very nice man, like OTC's the stock and bg go along perfectly, and the abstract bg is very well done. The only reason I didn't vote for you as number one, was that in my opinion, you overblended the space under his chin, it seems to that something is under his chin o.o, lol. However, I do like the blending you did on his right side, it looks as though that part of his hair is behind glass....
3rd Pick- This is a tough one, there are so many good entries, but I would have to go with Matsuo: Very well done. I really like the seamless transition from color to color in the bg. You've done it so well, that an intersting brush isn't really required in this case. And another hting I must commed you on is the positioning of the stock. At first, I though it was because you didn't want your sig to look like ichinii's, but now I believe it was because of the lighting positon. In other words, you made it look as though he's being swallowed in light from his feet up =P
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