i personally wouldnt cover the one with the initials the symbols one i would but if it were me id have the lower picture holding a scroll with the initials on out infont but id leave the initials as they are i wouldnt go over them so it adds age to the scroll that hes holding (reason i thought the bottom one looked better for you is the green on the branches will be easier to tie in to the green on the leaves you already have)
normally id offer to sketch something up for you so you could see how it could look, but the truth is im snowed under and havent had time to shave in all honesty
Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.