Dear goodness, she actually posted it
*ahem* Well, after a great deal of discussion and angsting, we've reached a decision. This one was seriously difficult to call ^^;
For 'Best Technical Submission'
WR's entry had excellent use of color, gorgeous effects and amazing amounts of detail. The luminosity is wonderful and the rainbow wings and aurora borealis are especially eyecatching.
For 'Most Creative Submission'
The textures and colors in Chii's piece are so fun to look at and the interplay between the blocks and plant-forms in the background is really cool. The bold red hair, the typography and clothing design are fun too, while the entire piece has a nice sense of unity.
With Honorable Mentions
for Soul Alive
's excellent entries.
Thanks so much to everyone that entered! You guys seriously rocked out this month and made this contest very, very tight to judge ^_^