here's the initial development of my first contest entry. it's more along the lines of a spiritual definition of "newborn," since those who accept Jesus Christ as their savior are "born again." theres a lot more i could do to this, in terms of backgrounds, and other details. so i'll play with it some more. i dunno, maybe i can attach some pipes and gauges and "Steampunk" it up or something. or maybe have a dinosaur vampire in there somewhere. also, this probably disqualifies this entry, but i DID in fact paint over photo reference. but i did my own coloring, lighting, and shading. i wasnt really interested in sketching hands and arms, i just really wanted to get into the meat & potatoes of colors and values (since thats where i need the MOST practice). crits and comments are awesome, but only as long as they're about the work, and not about the subject matter.