The clean and simple style of Limbo is certainly a similar sort of look to what we're going for in our film, so I studied the backgrounds and concept art for inspiration.
I created some different drafts with varying levels of detail and contrast to get a general idea of what would fit best with the film.
I added in the main scene and character that were made by Alex and Ryan so I could compare the difference between the two. I debated whether or not I'd made the background too painterly and shaded, as it is very different to the clean and graphic style of the character and it's setting.
There was generally a positive reaction, and I was given feedback. It was decided to get rid of the hills and replace them with clouds so that the two "islands" are entirely divided and disconnected, the mist between them creating a sense of mystery and the unknown.
This was the final "test" image I ended up with. All the elements are on different layers so that the clouds can be animated. All that remains to do now is organise them on a much wider canvas size (like the image before this one) so that there is more freedom for movement so that each film shot, hopefully, has a different background.