I scrapped the idea of using real surrounds. I needed something surreal, something where I can use symbolism and create my own visual story.
So I picked up painting. Did some watercolour and oil painting.
I knew that I am making backgrounds, but had no clear idea what. I made some sketches before, but I was not convinced. I needed to experiment and see what I feel, what feels right. Decided that oil paintings can work as animation backgrounds or stills and watercolour can work as separate objects (part of background).
Overall, I was pretty happy with the results, however, I wasn’t sure if it is going to work with my hand drawn animations.