... aka that gradient really gives this illustration dimension and if it didn't have the gradient, this illustration would just be interesting instead of definitely interesting. I'm not a fan at all of gradients but if it's used in a smart way, it works.
the gradient makes this - it puts the amorphous cartoon abstractions into a bleak, vaguely digital universe, kind of like the one we're in now. it's a post-modern surrealism - lonely, headless figures wait, Godot-like, in a smooth, inhuman computer world.
or something like that.