Urgh, these dimensions... lol.
Well, I'm just glad I managed to get 'something' submitted I guess. Tetsuya Nomura was the one that got me into drawing anime some years ago, so wouldn't have forgiven myself if I had missed this chance. Doubtful I'd win, but at least I can find happiness in knowing he will probably see my work (something I never would have imagined happen in my lifetime). I'd kill people for a signed drawing from him though... sob.
Anyways, good luck everyone. No doubt there will be some very deserving winners (many of the entries so far have been crazy good).
I'll probably edit in a link here later that will direct to the source artwork which had been cropped to fit the 2000/550px format. It didn't cut out that much, mind you, but in terms of composition, the extra bit definitely makes it looks better imo.
And yes, I went a bit crazy with the belts and buckles. I found it very appropriate.