The lighting here seems less sophisticated than your commercial work.
Yes. That was liberating, too. For most of my commercial work, the lighting is the hard part. For lots of products, it's all about the lighting. It has to be clean, subtle and mood-setting. With abstractions, I don't have to obsess so much about it. The energy of the subject's lines and the dynamics of its shapes are my subjects, and they can be communicated with relatively simple, even lighting.