After much too long, here's today's "offering" (as in, what I can offer you, not as in sacrifical offering):
As the dA description says, I experimented with a proper background (kelp, anyone?), changing the line colour in a few strategic places, and, um, working on the composition (overall shapes/layout before doing much colouring).
Alhamdulillah, it came out much better than I expected
you guys should see the first draft (lines and flat colour), it almost made me cry