I'll critique this piece and later (see "comparison" section) critique the differences between this and the original.
LINES: Not really any definitive lineart in this but that's the beauty of this piece. Instead of having lineart define the shapes, it's lighting and shading, and it sure looks gorgeous. Very lovely to look at.
COLORING/SHADING: Beautiful coloring and shading. It feels emphasized even more due to the lack of definite lines. Wonderful use of blues and grays in the snow and ice. Nice deep shadows in the crevices and the clothing, excellent color palette used, especially with the sky and lighting. Beautifully done.
COMPOSITION: I like the composition in this version better than the original. It brings more focus to the character and allows us to engage a bit more. On the other side (for the sake of argument), the large ice formation on the left side of the canvas looks far more menacing, monstrous, and overpowering in the original. The cropping in this version brings both of them to more even ground. However, I still conclude that this version has enough of it visible to still bring an impact and good framing device.
CHARACTERS/ANATOMY: The character is well-placed and shows a decent expression that fits the overarching theme of the piece. Good work on the clothing, nice design and color choice. Good feel of movement with the lines of the hair and clothing. She seems unnaturally thin but mainly, her balance seems a little off. Although that could be suggestive of a strong wind, it would make more sense for her to be bracing against it. However, it is difficult to tell where her balance is because of her anatomy and clothing. Also, her feet seem disconnected from the ground, giving an effect as if she's floating. Overall, not bad at all.
BACKGROUND: Nicely laid out and beautifully executed with lighting. Not much else to say since most of it was said in the color section.
EFFECTS: The overlay of effects by *DanSyron adds some nice sharpness to the snow and shadows and really brings out the cool purples on Mika. Very nicely executed.
IN COMPARISON OF OTHERS WORKS BY THE ARTIST: The use of shading and tones for the separation of the elements (vs. lines) is absolutely beautiful in this piece. Very strong work in comparison to other pieces in the gallery.
IN COMPARISON WITH ORIGINAL PIECE: Both versions have their own strengths and weaknesses. The lack of the flare effect in this version is a plus and the lighting, although lovely, offered a bit more detail in the original version. Mika's feet do not seem as disconnected from the ground and her clothing looks softer in the original. In the end though, I conclude that this version looks better due to the sharper colors and deeper shadows. The cropping adds as well.
POSSIBLE MEANS OF IMPROVEMENT: I still question the balance on Mika. It still may just be her clothing but you may want to double-check. Her shadow could be a little longer as well but that's a minor issue.
OVERALL IMPACT: Very strong piece, nice color palette, excellent differentiation in shadows and elements, lovely work.