Oh, I fully understand that, but I'm not particularly worried about votes. I'm just saying that there's no point blaming the briefs being tight or loose, because it's only limited by how you want to approach it. Sure, it's nice to get the recognition of your peers and a spot in the magazine, but enjoying what you're doing comes first for me.
Plus, no one sticks to the briefs really, they're just subtle more about it... How many of the current wips have a scarecrow looking straight at the viewer? How many will hide the feet in tangles of corn etc, Lol. So really, we all cheat to some degree.
I take your point, though, about people wishing for more realistic briefs. That said, it wouldn't be unheard of for artists to be asked to illustrate a book cover based purely on the blurb from the back of the book, so you can still throw in realistic briefs that have a little more room for interpretation (The Metal cover was a great example of this).
Anyway, you're doing a great job with it!