...they are both great i like the new one better just cuz its more your own style if that makes sense...only issue I have with the new one is the stick....you gave the impression that she is holding it completely as in from pinky out all fingers are touching it so at that angle it doesnt seem that it would go into the apple where u drew the entry....unless the stick curves or is snapped or maybe it just enters the apple at a 45º off center who knows but its not really a big deal thats just what is bugging me xD. either way damn they are good!
I'm not sure how I came across this pick, but I have to say, your 2012 doesn't have the strength of your 2008. You have gained a great deal of skill, the folding of the kimono ,the shape of the body, the shading... all have vastly improved.
You are a better artist, but in recreating your work you made something that feels... weaker. (I imagine you want a honest critique, so please don't take offense)
Now here is where i feel you went wrong (In my probably flawed opinion):
The Pose: With the more compact pose you have raised the tension of the character, which would suffer when placed upon the soft background of the original. In the remake she is in action, In the original she's more relaxed.
The Hair Extension: Flawed in the original yes, but you lowered it to much in the new version, causing it to flow in with the rest of the hair a little too much.
the Kimono: The folds are better, but the overlapping on the edges feels to pronounced, also it feels a little tighter in the new version.
I love these pieces, when a artist shows the progress they have gained, you have learned a lot about creating a 3-dimensional figure, more powerful shading, and the human figure. But skill doesn't always amount to success.
Your work is stunning by the way, I just was so attracted to the charm of your original I had to comment on why (the more skillfully drawn) redo didn't have the charm of the original..
I like your new style, it's not really a critique of style, more about the specific charm of the original. I almost feel it's because of the lack of a dynamic pose / angle (Which your newer stuff seems to favor).
Sometimes simpler is better. (Of course you need to gain the skills to dynamic poses and angles, they also rule, but sometimes you want something to feel... softer)
Wait a sec, just found your uncolored version... now that one is so dynamic it works... oh well now I don't know what to think.
I loved the innocence in the 2008 one that seems a little too seductive in the 2012. Its amazing what simple adjustment in gesture can do! (But I guess because she also had a softer face in 2008) but it is a clear improvement and i Love the rich colors in 2012 evene though the paler colors of 2008 matched the atmosphere.
The colouring is much better, in my opinion; especially the skin. The anatomy is loads better. The pose seems very much more realistic, as well as the perspective. ... I love your progress on the kimono. The only thing is the colour of the newest one's hair... I think it'd look nice with a lighter colour... hm.
There are good things in both, but overall, I would have to say that I suggest you go back and try again. The skin tones are much better on 2012, unless you go for tanned skin--something that Japanese do not value because tanned skin indicates island girls and the pale, almost porcelain skin indicates a pure Japanese heritage. I like the colors on the new kimono better, but I like the draping on it better in 2008. I would have to say that I definitely prefer the 2008 face shape, expression, eyes, etc., over the 2012 face. The hair in the 2012 drawing looks like it is dirty and lank and just overall not something I would want to get my hands into. I'm not sure I like the 2008 hair much better, but it definitely looks cleaner and like it would be much more pleasant to touch. As for the hair color, I think I would prefer something in between the two colors you used. The 2012 color is so drab, dark and dull that it is sadly lacking, but the 2008 color is kind of washed out looking. Which hair ornament you use is irrelevant to me. Again, the position of the candied apple or whatever it is, but the one in 2008 looks more edible. Not having any kind of background is great if you are making it for stock, but if you are making it for a picture, then it seems unfinished.