Hehe. The winner is not best entry (nothing against artist, cong.for the win), but that's a 10 minute work, let's be real :) He win just because he made character to look like real person better than other, that's the only reason. Again, congratulation for the win.
Hello! I'd like to give a go on this. Do you have any wishes regarding the background? Does he have some favourite places he's visited or likes going back to? Or should it just be a plain color? Of course I can show you both versions and you can then decide which one you like better. Also what is going to be the final size of this gift? And in what format would you like to receive it?