I've been working on practicing the bean. Used some poses posted on the Proko Facebook group.
Critiques are welcome but I also thought it might be helpful for others to give it a try and then compare.
I think it depends on what story ur trying to tell. The first one looks like the portal popped up while the second one looks like the character opened it himself but either one works. I like the less detailed background in 4 but with the layout in 1 or 2.
It looks good so far. It may benefit from a little more contrast to emphasize the focal point which seems like would be the lady/seeds.
It may also be a nice touch to reuse that red some where.. face or maybe a fallen red fruit.
IDK about the mountains, Maybe it's a perspective issue?
She looks like she's part of the tree but maybe it can be pushed by having her fade into it (color & line) instead of wrapping around it. Can follow the cross contour lines of cylinder to give it more structure.
I did a quick layer in procreate, that explains some of what I meant. Anyway good job, I think your friend will like it.