I was trying too hard. I decided to start over and keep it simple. And I got this:
(these are completely blown out by my scanner, btw)I decided to go with the orange version, considering how many orange creatures I have on my blog and website. Might as well be consistent! I then took the plunge and got out the waterproof ink and watercolors. I'm pretty happy with the final result.
Story Book Bugs will have a gallery of bug portraits. It should be fun!