Samddl, thank you very much, you are very kind. This encouragement gives me extra energy and patience to work in the last days of the challenge.
Rodrigo, meu caro amigo brasileiro, thanks for the advise on the skin, which pointed me in the right direction and made a big difference.
Thank you Michael, you are very kind also. I will be uploading the final image late saturday or early sunday.
Melkao, hola compadre, tengo previsto hacer la mayor parte del cabello alborotado en post. Sólo dejaré el cabello actual como guia dándole movimiento hacia atrás. En cuanto al fondo tengo intenciones de darle una fuerte borrosidad de movimiento hacia la izquierda y abajo para reforzar la velocidad del vuelo.
(In case you are wondering, Melkao suggested more motion for the hair, and I explained that I plan to do it in post, as well as motion-blurring the background.
Victor: I tried a lighter wasp (thank you for the advise) but was not very successful. The thing is, I tried to make mine look really mean and dangerous. Right now, it is the combination of two wasps I caught in my garden, the inspiration lend by some highly detailed wasps I found in a google search, and my idea of something like Alien, the eight passenger, bursting out of a wasp. All together in one mean bug.