Thanks for the responses everyone!
Yeah, I at one point had played around with translucency but just couldn’t get it to do what I wanted it to. However, I’ve learned a lot since then, so I tried my hand at it again, so as to include multiple translucency and still retain the crispness of the patterns on the caterpillar. I think its looking a bit better now. Thanks!
@Minoribus: I love it when people take the time to manipulate my images in order to more easily get a point across, so no worries. Since the white dots bugged you so much(and probably not just you) I removed them. I’m trying to keep the eye of the caterpillar interesting, as it is the main focus of the composition, so I changed up the pattern.
@Bliz: I’ll play around with that tutorial and see if I like how it looks with my caterpillar. Thanks!
I’ve since darkened the background to make it not draw so much attention from the foreground. I’ve also added translucency to the caterpillar.
Here is a somewhat low sample glance at where it is at:
I still need to add a bit more contrast to the lighting. It is feeling a bit flat
I’m not sure I like the composition as much with it cropped close like in this render, but I figured I’d try it out.