Strange Feast daily spitpaint.
Others have drawn Link devouring fairies before, but here’s my take on it. I’ve included the original spitpaint and my updated versions.
Notice how the focus changes between warm or cool background.
The warm puts more emphasis on the fairies, as if we should be sympathising with them. Here Link is sharing a similar palette to the background, and is visually associated with it. It makes it feel more like the fairies are the protagonists, trapped in some foreign environment, and we’re seeing the world through their eyes.
In the other example, the cool blue background creates a more powerful division between Link and the environment, emphasising his face as a focal point through contrasting colour as well as value (which is consistent between images). He’s more of a focal character in this image, with the fairies relegated back and blending in a bit more with the setting.
I find it interesting how such a simple change can impact a piece, and not even for better or worse; Sometimes it’s just different.
What do you think of these options?