This story begins in Illustrator, where Andrea thought it would be a great idea to create a sky by going wild with the gradient mesh tool...
See, I don't dislike this. It's quite pretty in its own, slightly mental right. I was going for this kind of super magical night sky kind of vibe, but it didn't work at all as a backdrop. I desaturated it a bit and tweaked the colours.
Better, but still not great. The stars and colours are just too much.
This worked a bit better, though:
Edit: forgot to post my little reference image sheet/moodboard! Here we go: