Thanks @mr_dessin! I really appreciate your input! I decided to sketch out an idea of the final illustration. What do you think of it? I kept the same pose and angle, but I added the new design features.
I just wanna say that I love this forum. Everyone is super supportive and kind. You are generous with your praise and constructive with your critiques. I'm happy I found this place. I feel like I've already won having found a group of people who are into art like this. Thanks for making me feel welcome.
Anyway... Here is the first draft of the final illustration. I tried to capture the energy of my first post while also incorporating the design elements from my turn around. I imagine The Memories protecting a small but vital mountain stronghold from a dark army in the valley below. Any critiques are welcome!