Ocean background featuring a small island and palm tree. Includes a simple ocean wave texture and fake HDMA for the sky.
First original creation. Credit is unnecessary but appreciated.
The palette is way too messy as it is currently for this to be accepted. When you get rid of the fake HDMA and insert a proper one instead this could easily be reduced to at least two palette rows instead of awkwardly having it the way it is currently.
While not the rejection reason, there are a few visual quirks that bother me personally. First off the palmtree looks gorgeous in my opinion. However it clashes with the simplicity of the rest of the BG, mainly because of the shading. The Ocean, Island and Clouds have no real shading going on what looks really weird.
For a first BG this is very good I feel and I'd love to see the rest of the BG's shading be on par with how the palmtree looks.