Wow I'm amazed considering the quality of the work in this challenge.
Thanks very much everybody, not only for voting but for inspiration, encouragement and the motivation to actually finish a pic for a change, all things that I was hoping for when I decided to join this challenge.
One major drawback to digital art (for me) has been that it is easy to watch or read tutorials and try out different techniques without investing anything and so consequently it's easy to put a file aside unfinished.
I believe these challenges are the antidote to that and a major prize for everybody is that finished piece of work.
Thanks again everybody, for the votes and for the warm welcome to this forum :)