As for the three star rating, The multiple stamps are over kill, kinda ruins the visual appeal of the Oshawott. in a whole. it also kinda ruins your signature at the bottom left, as well. Just the dA stamp in the middle would have been though.
Originality wise, the ribbon is cute, but possibly if it wasn't backwards, it would have looked better. And since it's a pokemon, and a starter at that. Originality gets kicked down a little more. The backdrop kinda clashes with it, too. Because it's a violet/purple, with the teal/blue of the pokemon.
And for your technique, it's rather well. The stance is cute, and the look in it's eyes is rather innocent. The shading and look on it's face gives it a decent appeal, and I like the shadow, it would have been better if you'd have given it a sandy background, such as a beach.
Overall impact was high, as soon as I saw it on the newest submissions, I thought it was nicely designed, and very cute. But again; the "water marks" dimmed that down, and lowered the appeal of it all.
I apologize if this seems as a harsh critique, but it's an honest one at least. I do like this piece of artwork, don't get me wrong, I'm just being honest with what I see...not wrong, but what could be improved on.
Hey! Thanks for the birthday wishes, my apologiesfor such a long span for me to finally reply back, a lot has been going on, and made it pretty hard to get online, read messages, and then finally reply. Hell, I had over 30 un-read notes. XD