Quoted from ItsBwalt:
Agreed. The negative space in the arm gap they tried to fill would have looked so much better left alone. Stern needs to hire some new CDs and ADs.
I have no idea what happened or who made the call, and I'm not trying to make anyone personally feel bad. Just pointing out why it looks like the statue is floating since it was noted. Picky art guy to the rescue!
That said, I think some people are allergic to negative space. A lot of games now just fill every nook and cranny with something, like they're worried you're not getting your money's worth if there isn't art on every square inch. I'm not a fan, let it breathe some. Like, curling up the whip to fill the space makes sense, then it doesn't just trail off into nothing, but would anyone see the original pose and go "well, I was gonna buy this, but there's no gold cat from the episode this is from, I'm out"?
It's a hand on hip sexy pose, just let it rock the way it was originally drawn.