I tried to play with contrasting colours and light and dark for the original banner but it was not working out very well and it just did not seem to fit.
I then decided to change up the clouds, making them more translucent and less of a focus and more of just an environment for the books. I also added a gradient to ease the transition into Liang’s underworld.
Revised exploration of Banner
The butterfly symbolising Zhu (girl) was also added and it seemed to tie everything together.
Final motif: Zhu’s butterfly