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How do you choose backgrounds for colorful characters?


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I have been working on a character, this week, and I really like how he's coming along. Here are 3 WIP versions of him:

I prefer the top-down shading to the side-baised shading of the middle image (because I imagined a noon-day sun shining directly down on him), but I also plan on working the sparkles into his garment (and fixing up the blending in the shading, because it looks tacky)
The trouble is that this character kind of has a split-complementary color scheme going, which makes it difficult for me to think of what I should do for his background. As you can see from the second image, I planned to place him on top of a precipice, overlooking a snow-capped mountain range, but I thought that might be too generic (though the white from the snow would definitely help, since it is a neutral color). At any rate, I love that he is so colorful, and, as far as I can tell, the color scheme doesn't clash. So, my question is: what are techniques I can use for putting a colorful character against a background?

Also, do you have any suggestions for how I can improve upon this design? Thank you for your time.


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The colors next to your characters colors in the color wheel can really make it pop (I'm thinking of this yellow: #ffe275 and this blue-green #75ffbe for examples)

Also you can use some of the colors of your characters with more luminosity and less saturation to use as background.

I like his design by the way ^^ Maybe you could try to darken the snake design so that it will be more visible with the blue under (except if it's meant to be a little more hidden than the rest of course :) )

Hope that helps!