All freehand? That is impressive, I just don't have the "art" in me to do that. Just about evrything I ever produce in Photoshop has to be based on something that exists because the circuitry between hand an eye doesn't have the necessary software.
Part of the reason I said "double edged" and mentioned the thought of remade classics etc was that maybe the updates wouldn't be so good (I'm not
referring to your work by the way!) What if the artist themselves hadn't seen what others had in the work. What if their own inspiration escaped them when they came back to it. Imagine the scene . . .
Mrs Da Vinci (bear with me
), "Dear, that smile isn't quite right"
Leanardo "Yes, it is a bit odd, maybe I'll change it . . ."
Then again, with Photoshop you can keep the original too I guess but you probably wouldn't show it . . .
I've often wondered what "Yes" would do if someone said, go re-record "Close to the Edge" and improve it. Maybe they would come up with something better but I'd put money on most of us preferring the original.