You really spent a lot of time on the details of this, wow. The book in her hand, the keys, the books in the back, the gold on her clothes, the potions on her hip, and the stone around her neck. These details are all masterfully done. Just keep practicing on your bg, you'll be awesome in no time. Detail is everything and you got it like crazy. xD
Hahaha, your welcome. I can definitely see all the love, blood, sweat, and tears you put into this. Good luck with improving, just keep at it! Even though you didn't win the contest, don't let it discourage you. You have a lot of people who really like your art and I'm sure more will keep coming. To me, that is winning.
I've decided I'd really like to commission something from you. I'll try to send a note to you a bit later today. I look forward to some wonderful work from you.