Voted! It was hard to pick only 5...I wish I could have voted for 10. Sorry for not finishing myself - I had some serious computer issues in late November (e.g. booting issues and some bad RAM) and along with the whole controversy that occurred my motivation level for this event basically fell to zero but I'll learn from any mistakes I made and hopefully see you all in the main event.
As Walrus said, some of the people who submitted didn't seem to share their progress - and because of that reason they didn't get my vote either. I think part of the fun in a contest like this (at least for me) is seeing the various stages of peoples work culminate into a final, finished piece. Also, entries where I couldn't easily tell the class of the 2 main characters also didn't get my vote. Considering this contest was mostly about character design - I think if you have to put a label beside your character to tell people what class it is then you probably made some bad design decisions. I also saw some that seem to have more than 2 main characters which made voting for it tough, especially if it was an otherwise well-executed piece. I'm sure the final judging will be taking these things into account so I feel there is no point in voting for pieces that violate these rules if we want any chance of seeing a GA piece in the top 10-20. Let's face it folks...the competition is tough!
Another general observation (which might get me into trouble but oh well) - many people are too nice around here, too afraid to offend (and I'm guilty of this as well). I think if one thing is true of everyone here its that we all want to improve - and that is not going to happen if everyone around you tells you your work is fantastic when it has some serious problems. I know for myself when the main competition starts, I don't want people to hold back, especially in the early, most important stages - I want people to critique the shit of of my work. I want people to slam it for being unoriginal, sloppy, having poor anatomy, bad choice of colours, poor value, poor composition (I think ELR did mention that to me so thanks for that), etc. Sometimes you spend so long looking at your piece and you think its coming along great but it takes a fresh view from someone else to point out the most obvious things. Maybe in the main competition where we each have our own thread people can state outright what level of critiques they are comfortable with. That might make it easier for others to rip into them without feeling mean or guilty.
Anyways, I look forward to your tutorial marat-ars - if you are feeling extra generous you could always include a brush pack with your favourite PS brushes? I recently made the switch from using Corel Painter for 4 years to PS and I'm having a hell of a time finding/making good brushes that I like.