since when was smudge tool a sin? I did it (:
Kinda looks like you used the basic Gimp smudge in some areas, but it's a nice work
Tears like blood... and with that sketchy motion the emotion really comes across too. At least it seems her/his (intentionally dubious? though seems more like a she) hear it still there, and glowing, cold though it may be...
I like the sharp and graphic nature of your marks but the obvious smudge brush effects throughout kinds ruins it. I would love to see a version without it.