The first one that I later changed and then the second one from all the great advice I had received.
Ya! For the site being back up! Here are the pics I posted in the work in progress thread.
I like the original better, just for the framing. It needs something for sure, but being tight on the character's face is better to me. I like expressive faces, tell me the story in the face. Having a background in Illustration and comic books, I am always looking for the story. I want to see an image and instantly know what happened 5 minutes before the image and what it about to happen. I want a sense of who this character is, where he comes from, what he is doing and where he is going. You can convey all this information in a well composed image. You have a good style, i see your work as close... but needs a little something to kick it up a notch. Trouble is that something is often hard to recognize. I see this often in new artists. Some times its just a lack of confidence. You need the courage to be bold. Often times a new artist will know where they want to go but hold back. You never achieve greatness from doing what you know you can do, you achieve greatness by doing what no one thought you could.