Thank you all for your comments and feedback it was really helpful so far :)!
Looks like most of you prefer the 1st version of the nightmare lord so i went with it and started rendering. I actually pushed it quite far, i should have posted more updates :/. I was fairly happy with how it was going so i got caught up in the process and i forgot to save progess pictures.
That been said he is still in progress and any feedback would be greatly appreciated :).
As for my thought process, even tho he is a 'Nightmare Lord' i didn't want to make him disturbing or disgusting. I feel like nightmares do not always involve gore or death. In fact for most people they rarely do. So instead i went for more fairy tale or dream like qualities such as roses,thorns and the apple.
Hope you enjoy ^^.