In an effort to gauge my own progression as an artist I've decided to revisit some of my older works, recreate them, and then look at them side by side to see how they compare.
This, being the very first image I ever uploaded to DeviantART, makes a fitting place to start with this series.
Things I looked at to improve the image:
-Samus just had a large globular belly with her limbs and head jutting out of it awkwardly in the original. Appealing for some probably, but it definitely falls short of the "full body" look I wanted her to have. Maybe she doesn't look quite as tightly inflated now, but this is definitely more in line what I'd originally pictured.
-The posing was very stiff. The positioning of the arms and legs makes the new image feel more dynamic.
-An actual background!
-I also dropped the "Metroid facts" aspect of the original. After all, it's much more fun to leave the hows and whys of this type of image to the imagination!