Thanks for the kind words. I am certain you know that all I used was a lighting filter in Photo-shop. It can create a mood and draw attention to the cat.
I teach Graphics in our local High School but I am really a printer. I do pretty well on presses and was a pretty good stripper back in the day.(For you pervs - -a stripper positioned negatives so that the work could be properly positioned on a printing press
Eagle - -another little trick I used was to copy the left side of the face - create a new job - - then converted to grey scale - adjusted the hue and saturation - -flopped the canvas and then overlaid it on a new layer on the original. Blended the seam and I KNOW that you understand .
I must admit I did not put much time into the job and I gotta admit I am not CAT person - - But I really wanted to help.
Your work was far better than what I had done and try messing with a few filters. There are so many and they all have such different affects.
I also feel certain that the job would look better if saved as a Tiff with a higher resolution.
I have been in the print business for over 40 years - -if you EVER get stuck with a production related question - -PLease send me a PM - -I would gladly offer my ideas.
I started to read you stats etc and gotta admit - you have done a lot for a young guy. Education is always a help - Keep helping others.