I don't know what your intention is for this, but it looks good. You could definitely push your value range a bit more to leave in some brighter tones which would create good contrast and separation so the entire piece doesn't just look dark and muddy.
Thanks, your note is a great one! There is a lot of highlights that didn't pop. I'll use your suggestion for my next insect.
Absolutely stunning job on your organic forms and tones, Morgan, for your stag beetle blueprint. Keep experimenting and advancing your way, over consistency!
My punier and more insignificant tip for you is that though your bug is getting to be just a bit more realistic and hyper-detailed, but it looks undertured, or seems undertured. Cause it seems a bit too bland to me. Would you please loosen up your dominant shoulder, elbow, and wrist, with a 1 hour class of animals and insects?
The reason why you could and should go with this critique is because, your creepy crawlers will be the most powerful in terms of the believability and caricatured drawing, meaning gesture-wise.
Hope this have helped out.