The early art-style gives way to more concrete concepts and characters, alongside soft colours & tones. Character design is primly pretty and allows for various elements, stylings & expressions to be realized. The recent art-style is more surreal, with elegant, flowing linework and ethereal characters. Various motifs and patterns move in tandem together, & Colours, more earthen-based, complement the overall atmosphere and concept and blend softly with the floating forms.
Honestly I can't say which one is better, each have their strong points in their own right (Early in terms of wholesomeness, Recent in terms of profundity). I think it would be great if you can continue to use both styles, switching b/w them according to intended concept or mood. Keep up the awesome work!
The old style has more apparent emotion - it's easily seen on the characters' faces in their poses. The soft ubiquitous amber hues compliment the characters' features, and create an easily grasped cohesiveness and completeness in the pictures as the various artistic elements (thin curved lineart, soft light coloring, character content/expression). The fact that we can empathize with these more realistic settings helps invoke more heart related feelings and ideas when we grasp the apparent content of the picture. It's very important that this type of art is easy to understand and empathize with because the situations/characters are rooted in a concrete, spacial setting, and the audience can perceive and relate to it more easily than they can relate to or clearly grasp more abstract work.
The new style has more imaginative ideas that are less grounded in realistic space or circumstance. Their concepts are abstract, and farther removed from daily/normal human experience, and are therefore more of an exercise of the mind to perceive than of the heart. The characters express little if any emotion (and therefore invoke less from their audience), and their form - especially in WORD - are less realistic, and therefore farther removed from the audience's reality. The flat, neutral (neutral = of brown and grey) colors and their duller tone invoke a more neutral mindset in the audience, and don't sway us one way or the other in terms of awe, strength of concept, or brilliance. The black in THRONE OF HEART is strong, and the character exudes power and control in his stance/expression and setting, but the other 2 pics are less potent in their coloring. The duller, flatter, neutralized shades + the somewhat expressionless people + the less realistic settings = harder for audience to relate or conceive the artwork, and therefore it's harder for some of us to appreciate the artwork. BUT the newer work does have more varied material, older characters, and - because you created later and it's more unique/rare in its content - feels more mature, which many of us like and respect. Also, we love you and want you to progress as far as you want to go in whatever style/direction you choose, so many of us don't want to tell you if the newer art lacks some desirable things that the old work has.
But as for which i like most, considering there's no discernible anatomy problems in any of the work, and considering all the aforementioned stuff, i can't choose. <;] and sorry for the wall of text... it wasn't intentional, it just ended up being that way... X[
The newer pics have more going on design-wise, and seem a lot more sophisticated, so , over all, I like the newer ones better. The old ones were a little more soft and expressive looking, though, so it's a tough call.
I can't choose one or the other. In the new ones, you have a better grasp of space and design, so your composition is much more interesting, but I like the color variety of your old ones. Your new ones tend to be much the same colors, very flat, and not very stimulating after seeing the same linework-on-tinted-background design. I'd like more variety in your works!