I think in a contest where the voters didn't know how much, or in this case, how little work went into this chop it would have smoked everything in sight, It is full on adorable..... Pack this up and send it to Hallmark greeting cards and see if they might buy it off you.
Thanks for the acknowledgement Hitspinner.
I really like this chop because you did the opposite of what everyone else did and pulled it off. Very creative. However in full view there is too much stylized effect which is distracting. You don't notice it as much in the smaller view. So you probably got knocked down a point because of that. It's really evident around the noses where the baby cat fur looks more like a painting with the effect and the human nose doesn't have the effect texture on it at all. Also the top of the nose is soft with a visible feather blend. The eyes look great. and over all the whole composition looks great in the smaller view - because you can't see the texture details as much. Watch for this in the future ..
You're so right, my wife has been telling me to cool it with the filter for a while but I just really like it. She said it looks like bacteria haha I will keep that noted on my next chop. Thanks for that comment, I appreciate feedback..