Yeah i agree with you, i like this more than the adv. version.The thing is, i tried to make the regular version as best as i can, so that the regular version wouldnt be just a downgraded thing.However, as a result, the advanced version looked more regular than the actual regular one.If i'd add more effects and lights and stuff like that to the regular version for the improvement, the image would look like a chaos of colors and unreadable etc. OR i can say, there were too many readjustments desired that it took too long to finish and it made me a bit demotivated. And it's like a virus you know.Once there, the more you work on a piece, the worse it becomes. Actually, this is a general problem for most of the artists with those "upgraded cards"..
I'm curious, it seems to me this might be an issue for the art director to decide, isn't there some sort of guidelines as to what lighting and effects to use for regular and advanced cards? And also does that not cause inconsistent art between different illustrators, i.e one persons regular card looks as strong as someone else's advanced.