Maybe by the time i did the "after" version i was more focused on the coloring than in the drawing itself, so as a hole, it doesn't have the same "feel" as the "before" version . I've always liked that drawing so who knows, i might give it another try
Somehow I feel like both versions are at the same level but have very different styles that it's like they've been drawn by different artists. I'm not saying that you haven't improved, though! The attention to detail on the new one is a great improvement. And I agree with ~rinorate, it seems that you've found your own style with the new one, which I think is incredibly important. Great job!
I like both and they are both nicely drawn, but I have to admit the turtle has more life in his eyes in the second version. Congratulations on being one of the ten finalists in the "Draw this Again" contest
Although the newer one has more detail, I like the older one because it suits the toony style more. The kid certainly looks better in the older one but the tortoises eye and the ground are better in the newer one.