I thought your original snake was awesome. If you want to make another though I sure won't stop you. I just can't guarantee that it's going to get used any time soon.
Yes, I fully support placeholders. Heck, most of the art that I create myself are placeholders because I'm not good enough yet.
Yes, I think a black scorpion would look much better. Black is the color I was thinking, or a very dark brown. A few days ago I made a crude edit to produce the map sprite for the goliath scorpion boss. Here's the color scheme that I chose. I wanted to make it a little darker than this actually, but I was afraid that if he was too dark, you wouldn't be able to make out his features.
http://sourceforge.net/p/allacrost/code ... n_walk.png
If you would rather work on map sprites than battle sprites, please be my guest. We are in more dire need of map sprites than battle sprites right now. If you want to head in that direction, let's discuss it in another thread though to keep this thread on topic.
Hah, you posted another update while I was writing the above. I LOVE what you did with him. He looks so much better in that color.
The only minor tweak I would suggest (and this is completely up to you) is possibly making his "freckles" less red/purple so that they blend hin better with his torso and are not so prominent. But other than that possible tweak and the antenna, I think this guy is done.
I don't think it's worth the time to make him mesh with the perspective of the other artwork. Yes, I realize that he looks slightly misplaced as a result, but we have limited time and resources (especially when it comes to artwork), so I don't think the result is worth the cost it would take for you to fix the perspective. Besides, I feel like most players will be more impressed by how he looks that they won't think twice that he looks "slightly off" with the style of the other sprites.