wow, the first two versions are fenomenal! I must admit that I don't like the final version very much having seen these It's like you went from stylized japanese to entirely chinese, but hey, it's just art.
Your sketches are better than my finished pieces... and I'm not even going to mention the finished piece.. it's amazing! I'm in awe at the level of detail you put into your pieces. I like the design you settled on too... I like the simplicity of it.
thanks for your comment, but you know, just keep practicing, and i totally know how it feels to see someone else's work that seem to be so much better than your own, i feel this way when i see them too.