To say it's better than Steve's previous image is obvious. Steve is utilising the copper to produce the 3 palettes and for FFAGA is the first artist to successfully do so.
The artwork of Steve's previous image was beyond anything attempted for this game so far, redrawing large sections within the limited palette was a bold step that neither myself or Turrican3 have dared to tread (much). It showed great potential with an obvious amount of work and determination.
Steve himself wasn't entirely happy with what he could do with it - he needed more colours - look what he did when he figured them out