Went from a speedy to 5 hours, Photoshop. The guys at the Epic forums like the Gears stuff, so hey, I guess I'll throw out some more. Made a mock up tease just for fun. Savage Theron. If this gets popular, then maybe I'll do other ones later on.
Ha ha no need to be sorry man, just suggesting it as a practice for exponential improvement possibilities
I don't mind the locust, but your style is based around dragging the elements out of the blackness (which technically is what we basically see in reality due to reflection of light ), but if you'd try starting with more light, and maybe even make the shadows come out in other colors... As an example... See a face in the night with the moon giving a dim blue shadow over the shadows on the face, and an alternate light source giving a warm orange light.. Just play with light and shadows... And try use less blacks... Alternately you could use the color balance filter in the adjustment filters