The figures and the background didn’t quite feel connected. In order to ground them in the scene, I added in some shadows, dust, and dirt particles. I also softened the area where the dirt met the grass by erasing and adding pixels so it was no longer a sharp edge.
At this point, it felt like all the pixels were in place, so I after some final adjustments to the colors, it was done!
I really like this piece a lot. At the time, I was doing mostly pixel animations like this one, which is a whole different process, and even more time consuming, so this was a nice and refreshing departure from that. Now I do a lot more static compositions like this since they can be framed and put on the wall.