Here is the second version to the one next to it, this time in just black and white with no colors; I did this to better illustrate what I mean by a design having good "values". I know the difference is slight, but it's still looks better to me. Changing my characters is hard, but it's necessary.
I also surprisingly like how my work looks in black & white! I might do B&W versions of some of my future work if they hold up.