I'm thankful that I get to work with people who are awesome.
One of my coworkers, Jason Kim, has a great eye for appeal and design, and he spent about 20 minutes helping me out by drawing over my design. He always notices seemingly insignificant things that in the end make a drawing much stronger. Click the image below for an animation showing the transition from my original drawing (blue) to his fixes (red) to see what I'm talking about.
Just for the record, Jason suggested that I put some feet poking out of the end of the dress, a suggestion I ignored for reasons I'll explain later. So if it looks funny without them, that's my fault.
Speaking of which, do you ever wish that people gave more critiques on art blogs instead of just digital high-fives? I used to go to some art forums and I liked the positive criticism and exchange of ideas there. But I understand why it's not the same with blogger---it's missing is the constancy of conversation threads, where it's easy to keep track of dialogue you're interested in (and interesting comments don't quickly get swept away by new posts). Maybe someday someone will come up with a hybrid solution that can satisfy both needs.