SENTRET: Actually, I'm much more leaning towards the top one. I can't quite put my finger on why so hopefully someone better with words will come in behind me and back me up, but I just feel like it has much more "personality" so to speak. Am I making any sense? Specifically, I like the way your top design has legs as long as his arms and no neck; again, i can't say why, but I just prefer them to the newer design. But I'm not a fan of the eye dangling off the arch of his headpiece; it just seems out of place. Maybe try putting it on the arch itself, or maybe even just nix it; it doesn't seem vital.
BlueConcept: You're magician-glove spider is both adorable and horrifying. I love it. But on a critical note, I don't like how the one leg is fully colored in. I get why you did it (he has six legs but hands only have five... er, fingers...), but I think you could make a spider with only five legs and it would still carry the idea. Of course, don't take my word for it if you disagree; I'm just throwing stuff out there, do what you think is best for your spider.