DavidR... The composition is just insane... The lines bring depth like no other. Add the bits of detail all over the pic... What an artistic masterpiece (though honestly everything he makes is a masterpiece).
2nd place for me goes to LT... He may be hated by many for what he did with the DQ issue but nobody can deny the talent of the man.
This one has been hard for me also, I have come back several times to look and see which one and how it is I was going to merit my vote. What I have noticed on these contests it's that people vote for which one they like the most as to how it makes them feel regardless of at what level the artists are at.
High impact in color and execution of the finished product definitely goes to Lt, but what motivates me to choose is the feeling I get from the catlike stealth of Caligula's. It evokes movement of the character and even though it was a toss up for opposing reasons.
This is one of the few reasons I feel the way the contests are set up are a little difficult to judge. If it was just on color and execution Lt's may have won by a landslide but since there is such a variation with pen&ink and pencils alone, it's hard to always just pick one that is colored. On this I had too go with the feel that moved me more, it wasn't by much but my choice goes to...