i don’t know how to pick a background for a subject that’s not supposed to be grounded in one, please help?
If you don’t want the figure to interact with the background, I’d suggest trying for a graphic or abstract design that supports the character and provides a basic compositional armature.
This character might look good on a simple landscape in a similar style to Chinese ink and wash painting (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ink_and_wash_painting).
I like the idea, but I’m not sure if a stylized or an abstract background will work with the subject, and might have the unintended side-effect of distracting from the subject instead of meshing with it, especially since what I’m painting isn’t intended to be an abstraction.
I was thinking of the simple, flat-color bgs that some artists like Heather Penn uses. The subjects aren’t grounded in anything, really, but instead of plain white, the backgrounds mesh really well with and keep the focus on the subject. None of the colors seem garish or distracting. That’s what I’m hoping to achieve, but I’m pretty bad at choosing colors. Part of my problem also stems from not picking colors right from the get go while painting the subject, I think. I don’t know if I’m making any sense though, sorry! :c