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Your recent edit is great! Nice work! I think you should add atmosphere to the bg by adding faint trees just like Carey mentioned. You could also tone down the upper part of the bg gradient behind the trees.
Another thing, maybe increase the contrast on the creatures themselves? (by lightening their shadows and perhaps increasing a bit the light hitting the ground ). Right now it's a bit hard to distinguish where the eye should mainly focus.