Looking for some opinions on what works better out of the following two images, plain background or a shadow image. I can't decide; I think the 2nd one detracts from the central character a bit but also think the white BG looks a bit bare.
Any suggestions for alternatives? It's a character showcase so I wanted to avoid a detailed background (or even an undetailed background).
Crits would be welcomed also. Is it ready to be chucked in the portfolio?