Choosing the Right Travel
Before we start, I need to address a huge part of choosing a travel; personal taste. What looks good to one person may not look good to another and that’s okay! We all have personal tastes and that’s what makes out coves, creatures, and lives unique.
Regardless, I’m going to teach you a few rules I follow when choosing a travel based on rules that I learned while studying art and studying colors.
(Yes, a lot of this is color theory)
1. Identify the main colors on your creature:
For this example, I will be choosing a travel for one of my favorite creature last stage Garo.
His color scheme is Black, Orange, Grey, and some Neon Green
2. Ask yourself: What colors do I want to pop out? What part of the body do I want to highlight? Then ask: What colors are they?
For Garo, I want his face, wings and tail to pop out more than anything else. Therefore, I would be focusing on the Grey and Orange parts.
3. Choose colors with lots of contrast.
Before you go crazy trying to figure out what colors contrast and get stuck in a giant color theory terminology hole here’s a guide from BRIGHTSIDE that I use often.
Guide from BRIGHTSIDE:
- White: combines with everything, especially blue, red and black.
- Beige: combines with blue, brown, emerald, black, red, white.
- Gray: combines with fuchsia, red, violet, pink, blue.
- Pink: combines with brown, white, mint green, olive, gray, turquoise, light blue.
- Fuchsia (dark pink): combines with gray, yellow-brown, lime, mint green, brown.
- Red: combines with yellow, white, fulvous, green, blue, black.
- Tomato-red: combines with cyan, mint green, sand, creamy-white, gray.
- Cherry-red: combines with azure, gray, light-orange, sandy, pale-yellow, beige.
- Raspberry-red: combines with white, black, damask rose.
- Brown: combines with bright-cyan, cream, pink, fawn, green, beige.
- Light-brown: combines with pale-yellow, cream-white, blue, green, purple, red.
- Dark-brown: combines with lime-yellow, cyan, mint green, purple-pink, lime.
- Reddish-brown: combines with pink, dark-brown, blue, green, purple.
- Orange: combines with cyan, blue, lilac, violet, white, black.
- Light-orange: combines with gray, brown, olive.
- Dark-orange: combines with pale-yellow, olive, brown, cherry.
- Yellow: combines with blue, lilac, light-cyan, violet, gray, black.
- Lemon-yellow: combines with cherry-red, brown, blue, gray.
- Pale-yellow: combines with fuchsia, gray, brown, shades of red, yellowish brown, blue, purple.
- Golden yellow: combines with gray, brown, azure, red, black.
- Olive: combines with orange, light-brown, brown.
- Green: combines with golden-brown, orange, salad green, yellow, brown, gray, cream, black, creamy-white.
- Salad green: combines with brown, yellowish-brown, fawn, gray, dark-blue, red, gray.
- Turquoise: combines with fuchsia, cherry-red, yellow, brown, cream, dark-violet.
- Electric colors: combines with golden-yellow, brown, light brown, gray, or silver.
- Cyan: combines with red, gray, brown, orange, pink, white, yellow.
- Dark-blue: combines with light-lilac, cyan, yellowish-green, brown, gray, pale-yellow, orange, green, red, white.
- Lilac: combines with orange, pink, dark-violet, olive, gray, yellow, white.
- Dark-violet: combines with golden-brown, pale-yellow, gray, turquoise, mint green, light-orange.
- Black is a universal colour — it looks elegant in any combination, especially with orange, pink, salad green, white, red, mauvish, or yellow.
If a color stumps you, here’s another helpful site:
Based on the guide, Garo’s Orange and Grey would both go great with blue or violet colors.
4. Look for Travels/ Trinket Travels:
While searching for certained colored travels was hard before, these tool on Egg Cavity allows for an easier search.
*Add link to color program*
To view all travels at once with one stage of a creature (no trinket travels)
View all stages of a creature with one travel/trinket travel at a time.
Before I show you the end picks, I want to show what happens with travels that don’t follow the rules of color.
These aren’t the most amazing picks for Garo simply because there’s so much orange everywhere that the orange we’re trying to highlight just camouflages, however, if your goal is to accentuate the black, all that orange does a pretty good job.
While these travels aren’t necessarily bad at all (I like the Garo at the Pumpkin Patch) they’re here because Garo gets lost in all the similar colors and objects and it doesn’t stand out as much.
Similarly to the previous issue, Garo gets lost in the colors but because there’s so much going on that it’s hard to appreciate Garo.
This example has the complete opposite effect, it’s really plain while there’s nothing wrong with that there are better travels out there.
Here are some of travels I chose:
These are by no means the only travels that go well with Garo and you might even think they’re decent.
Personal Taste Travels:
Just to show you that it’s completely ok to use a travel outside of complementary colors or that aren’t the best on the creature in terms of color.
Before settling on travels alone, notes on Trinket Travels:
Matched Trinket Travels look great….. Although they lack creativity….
Why not try…
Mismatched Trinket Travels!
Just watch out for random body parts or objects so you won’t end up like this:
(Meant for Basque)
(Guess what creature this is meant for)
Sometimes, these spare body parts or objects could actually work with your creature even if it’s not their own trinket travel:
Flames were meant for Lyciere but work here!
Crystar with bows!
Garo with a hat!
Also, Trinket Travels are great because they usually have a theme based on the creature they’re for.
If you were looking for an icy background for Garo, looking at Trinket Travels for ice related creatures is recommended.
Which brings me to my next topic:
5. Consider the theme/atmosphere you’re going for.
From the previously mentioned, I personally would cut out
Simply because they’re not giving me the creepy, halloween vibe I want.
You don’t have to have a whole theme for your cove or anything like that (unless you want to), it’s more simply what atmosphere would you see this creature in or what atmosphere do you personally want that creature in.
If you wanted an icy queen Garo these travels would be perfectly fine however, as someone who wants a Halloweenie Garo, it feels unusually out of place despite the colors being complementary.
6. Consider Price
While I would love to have a Garo in these travels
Obtaining travels such as these could be costly since they’re CC Travels released more than a year ago. Not only will it require searching for a user with the travel but prices for CC travels will vary from user to user.
Prices could range from 50cc to 500cc or higher depending on scarcity and popularity and all that good stuff. (ahem…Circle of Demons)
However, if you’re up for the challenge of trading for travels or have the travels already then feel free to disregard this.
(Optional) 7. Consider their story:
If you’re anything like me, you love to bring your creatures to life and writing stories about them because even though they’re drawings and pixels they’re very much special to you.
Travels could help you bring that creature to life and give them a backstory.
Ultimately, that’s the reason I decided to pick
I imagine Garo as a plushie who was able to break out of a toy factory, only to wreak havoc on the factory itself.
Simple things could really inspire creativity.
https://eggcave.com/egg/596007 , here is my real Garo.
Well you made it to the end, thank you for checking this out!
I know this may all seem pretty silly and a waste of time but to me small tasks like these inspire me to be creative and create art. Meanwhile, they help me practice color theory without going through the hassle of drawing stuff myself.
They’re also are a great distraction when you’re getting stressed out and just want to stress out about something other than real life problems or midterms c:
(Feel free not to read this, it’s just me explaining our relationship to colors and part of the reason we like different colors)
During a discussion in an art class, I learned that people have connections to certain colors. While red to me could be a super obnoxious color that I associate to arrogant rich men with fancy red cars, someone else could relate red to their Mom bringing roses to the dinner table meaning that we’ll both have an extremely different reactions to the color. Additionally, our cultures have a role in formulating our taste in color so again red to me could relate to rich guys while someone who is chinese will associate red with weddings.