Analysis and process after the break.
1. Values are too similar. (See the first BW.) There is nothing to separate the background and foreground. She suggested darkening the bug. Also giving him a shadow to connect him with the shelf he's sitting on.
2. Bug's right side lines up too much with the left side of the mirror. Oops. Forgot to change that.
3. It's confusing to have the pattern around the mirror and the shelf.
I didn't bring that image in with me to the studio but I tried to remember the feel of it. The result is the final Illustration Friday submission. I definitely succeeded in getting better contrast between for and back ground. Next I'll work on getting more contrast between values with people in a given plane. (The wall, the reflection and the girl are the same value, while the bug and the shelf are nearly the same value.)
I think the bug reads better in the final version but I miss the texture on that left wall.
What I like: I feel like I mixed some colors successfully. Before I started the bug, I asked myself what I wanted and how I thought I'd get there. Then I tried it and was successful. I also came up with a system for labeling my mixes so that I have them as reference later. This is part of the conscious color study I'd like to keep trying. So the bug was a color mixing success and so was that brown shelf. I darkened the brown with Paynes Grey instead of black. To me that's a total victory and makes this whole thing a win.