My first picture of the year is a stylistic experiment. It's based on an illustration I discovered on deviantART, titled "Link:Lv.2." I tried to stay as close to the piece as possible without copying directly; especially the colors are heavily referenced. Unfortunately the original picture has since been taken down. Be sure to drop by the artist's gallery, her work is very cute and dreamy. I'm a big fan!
On a sidenote: It appears that Blogger supports various open IDs now -- LiveJournal and WordPress among others -- so feel free to log in when you post comments, even if you don't have a Google account.