Hey Alex! Great work man, the latest piece is looking great. I don't want to throw a wrench in everything you've been doing, but I think I actually prefer the first version that you posted, in post 791. I know this is going against most of what everyone has said so far, but I like the lower contrast on the figure and closer values.
There are many ways to lead the eye around focal points, and I think you were doing it great in the first image, with shape design, composition, color, level of detail. I feel like there isn't really a need to throw in contrasty areas all over the figure. Sometimes it isn't about having a wide range of values, but more controlling the subtle values that are closer together. Of course, strong values are great for the kind of work you do, with fantasy illustration, especially on trading cards, but it's something to think about. Keep it up man, it's looking great!