the elegant reception
This illustration, again, has all the bright colours against all the shades of green in the background. Whenever I get to paint people in elegant attire, it's tough to integrate all that black from the suits and sometimes the dresses, however stunning it looks in real life, it just looks too dark in this kind of painting if you ask me. If it's not intentional with a simple backdrop, the black can look a bit too harsh. So I always try to "brighten" the black, or replace it completely, with some dark shades of other colours. It really makes a difference. Take a look.