I'd like to thank the Academy.
Seriously though I'm grateful for all y'all votes, I struggled a bit with the effects on it but I'm glad you liked the way it came out.
As for the next contest theme, I thought I would go with Chronicles of the Sword.
Soulcalibur V was slated for its lack of single-player content, and one comparison I always hear is to Soulcalibur III. So I figured some people might like to see the return of some of the bonus characters that appeared in SCIII.
The rule is simple, and that's to try and recreate anyone that appeared in the Bonus Character slot in SCIII. That's it! There are plenty of pictures available on this website's very wiki, so go ahead and get creating! Feel free to enter any that you created before, too.
I'm not sure what a good due date for this would be, any suggestions? I'll be posting my entry soon, I've got a little something I've been working on.