For my First background/map idea I made this very grey, dark look, with trees in the back that slowly get darker with an ombre effect in the middle of the four layers. I wan’t my game to be based in a snowy landscape, and this design doesn’t show any sign of that so an alternate one that includes snow is needed.
For an alteration of the design i took away all of the grey tones and made it look more like a blank colouring book. Although the rest of the map is uncoloured, i kept the water a light icy blue so it was obvious of what it is and didn’t blend into the rest of the image. This design is pretty hard on the eyes, especially the background, although one thing i like white floor that looks like snow and the lighter colour of the water the gives a colder look.
Final Map Concept:
Here i have the final style i want my game to look like. I incorporated aspects from the first and second designs, I kept the grey toned background of trees from the first one but incorporated the white and icy blue from the second one and white snow floor. What i added differently on this design is snow-topped obstacles.