Flip Canvas and you will see why 2012 is a dramatic improvement. You've really grown over the years, dude! '12 looks like a legitimate character straight out of a JRPG. Breath of Fire comes to mind for some reason.
Well, in fact the 2012 version shows a clear sense of style, bolder cleaner shapes and better grasp of anatomy and poses, IMO the 2012 version is a vast improvement .. more details doesn't always mean it's better.
No I wasn't suggesting that more details was what made the first one "better" either. The style change was self evident in the colored version, the exclusion of several things that were in the first and repositioning of others,
Anatomically,neither had major discrepancies, the first... Head proportion and a lengthy arm yes... But not too noticeable. Both are pretty fair to me but the first seems to have more love invested in it. You can tell (if you stare hard enough) the areas where he struggled, so my fave.
Well, here is how i see it, the pose of the older version is really stiff, her facial features are distorted (i.e her eyes are too far from each other), the position of her left arm (right to us) is not natural and is stiff, and let me tell you this from personal experience .. many artists do add lots of extra details to compensate for their lack of a definite style and technical skill .. i did that a lot XD
And probably that's why the word "stylization" usually involves removing details and simplification .. but it only works when you know which details to remove and which not to .. as well as how to emphasize shapes and forms the right way (which in turn requires good understanding of said forms and shapes) .. which is what i see clearly in the newer version, a clear defined "style" that's appealing to the eyes and has no technical or anatomical problems .. and that's why i like it much more and consider it a big improvement .. still that's only the technical side .. for each his own when it comes to liking a specific piece of art i guess XD
Tis true. Those eyes on the first did bug me for a bit... Probably what stopped me from faving too... But that aside the anatomical issues still as I said aren't that big. Between me and you, I bet only Very few people like you and myself
Could even notices differences apart for color and a few lines And you still can't really say whether the eye issue was resolved cuz the new pose shows 1 eye. Possibly a stylized attempt to conceal flaws again But you do have a point
I like both, the 2003 one has a very early manga style (almost reminiscent of mid 90's sega games on the saturn), and the 2012 one is bright, sturdy and very clean... I like the simpler but more effective shading on the newer one too (it's difficult to see where the light is coming from on the older piece).
i like them both. the first one has a more childish and feminine like way to it, where as the second one is more "manly" (couldnt think of a better word) and has a more defined style and has more personality, u can tell a bit abour her life style. but the face and head of the first one...i just like the second's facial features better. great job!