The new illustration is very stylized, and uses a lot of bold lines and flat areas of color. While the original version of the illustration is quite busy, my version has a bit of a cleaner, more simplified look to it. I used all of the same colors minus the red. I felt that it was a bit too much and looked out of place in the illustration. As they say, "Less is more", "Simpler is better"... I try to stick to that philosophy in everything I design and it has served me well all of these years.
The redesigned illustration looks a lot more professional and I think it would be a winner on the beer label and packaging as well as on branded products like t-shirts.
The current imagery for Troegenator may have served them well for a lot of years now. But I think that Troegs has reached a point where they need to improve the quality of some of their existing label designs.
P.S. The Troegs, Mad Elf label illustration is next. :)