I find the feline features interesting, if only because both the main Heisei styled suits and the main Millenium styled suits seem to have some catlike facial features. I think I read somewhere that the creators of the Monsterverse Godzilla design (I like the term Legendary Godzilla better, but it looks like everyone has settled on Monsterverse at this point) were inspired by bear and eagle facial features to give him a bit of a regal tone.
But alas us G fans are a fickle bunch and like our classic design lol.
I like '98's look though. In fact, the only Godzilla design I've never liked was from King Kong v. Godzilla. I mockingly call it "Frogzilla" cause the dude has the face of a toad. :P
That art class sounds even cooler now. It'd be a great class for someone into biology, art, and science fiction. I'd have loved to see some of the pieces that had come out of it.