I love seeing your real creature work too.
Very accurate, comparing it back and forth with the ref that rubbe linked to. As soon as I saw it, I thought it must be from a photo ref, just because the way the shadow was cast is so familiar to how I know the camera flash does with things like that.
Man I simply love the way you work, the colours, the attention to details, and the form are just spot on! I see you've even managed to draw in the detailed textures on the spider's "abdomen"(sorry I'm not familiar with arachnid anatomy), just wow!
I love those spiders, they're one of my favorite kinds. I always seem to end up doodling spiders when I'm happy, for me they seem to be a very happy symbol, especially the Salties, the jumping spiders.
As to the picture: bloody brilliant, is all I can say. great job on the hairs, that looks like it was fiddly.