@cedricgo I like the glow change and I now see what you mean. It does give off that effect of being straight.
@bennettdurfee Love how you made it more dynamic. I originally had the values of the eel creature closer to the character but because of it being a bright pink, it was the first thing my eyes and others would see. Same thing with the glow effects. It being an underwater scene made it harder seeing as there isn't any specular.
When is comes to the semi transparent stuff, I paint the whole thing as a solid object and slowly chip away at the parts I want to be transparent. After I like where it's at, I'll add the lighter parts to the form to flesh out things. Also making sure I don't go to dark on shadows is vital as well.
@cedricgo and @bennettdurfee thanks a lot for the feedback. It has been helpful.