Well, some kind of improvement has happened during these years I think :'D
Back then I didn't use graphic tablet, only a mouse. My main colouring programs were Gimp2 and MS Paint (yeah, I know) and I wasn't very good at using layers which made things very difficult. 2010 was the last time I drew any kind of Crash fan art and after that I drew pretty much everything else. The 2010 version was a Father's Day card for my Dad and he liked it very much. He said something about tattooing it to his arm and now on year 2013 I'm extremely happy he didn't do so.. The old one looks pretty horrible :'D I also wasn't able to draw that underwater-machine-thingy-whatever-it's-called. (and what the hell was I thinking when I made the background to that? I just don't know...)
I'm using Wacom Bamboo -tablet. My colouring programs are Photoshop CS6 and Paint Tool SAI though I use SAI much more often than Photoshop. I'm better at using layers and I know my programs much better than I did on 2010 which makes it easy to me to finish my works faster than I did back then. I know how to use colours better and I understand distances more clearly than I used to. Still I have some difficulties but hey, who doesn't? I can draw some things I couldn't back in 2010 and also I can handle anatomy things better.. Though I still have much work to do. The 2013 version is a Birthday card for my Dad and I hope he likes this one more than the older one.. I really do hope..
I wanted to do the new one pretty much different because the original was just.. boring? The character is in the middle of the picture surrounded by all these bright colours and such. Of course the look is very video game like but still.. It just don't give anything anymore.. at least to me.
In the newer version I tried different colouring style, different pose and tried to make it look more mysterious. It's not boring anymore in my opinion but of course there are many ways to look and rate art so... At least for me the new one is much more interesting piece to view than the older one but maybe that's just because I'm the artist behind this... who knows :'3
2010 version: pikachu-25.deviantart.com/art/…
2013 version: pikachu-25.deviantart.com/art/…