Dra­matic light­ing

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As I work on the back­ground, I re­alise that I haven’t quite ac­com­plished my goal of es­tab­lish­ing an in­ter­est­ing pat­tern to the back­ground and it’s be­come slightly mud­dled. To fix this, I add a hard red light­ing to the char­ac­ters that helps to draw them out, and gives the back­ground a more dra­matic light­ing setup.

Di­rect­ing the fo­cus

I don’t spend too much en­ergy on pol­ish­ing the back­ground. Not only won’t it be vis­i­ble at the fi­nal card size, but I also want to avoid vis­ual con­fu­sion with lev­els of de­tail. I in­stead fo­cus more on how the back­ground ap­pears at a small size, think­ing of it as a pat­tern of colour and shapes, sim­i­lar to how things look when you squint your eyes.

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