Well, I am more than a little embarrassed to post this. Believe it or not, but I used to love the first picture. No matter what anyone said. (Defend your art with your life1!!1!!!)
Rougly 3 years later and even if I say so myself, I am rather proud of it. Shading didn't really work out, so I left it with flat colours (which is a shame, because I'm sure it would have looked a lot better with some shading)
I hope I can love the new picture as much as I loved the old one.