I'm not sure of Peoni's ethnicity yet, but I decided early on that she would have dark skin. I think there needs to be more variation in the ethnicities of lead characters in kid's Tv. We see a lot of lead white and support black with the occasional side asian character. It would be great to see not only more lead African and Asian, but many more ethnicities represented in children's television.
Peoni, has always lived in the forest so her clothing is made from natural plant based materials. However I didn't want her colour palette to be too 'earthy'. I went for very saturated browns, greens and oranges. I then added a little 'traditionally feminine' purple and pink to brighten her up.
NOTE: I often restrict myself to four main colours on a character. I pick a key colour (or two) that I repeat through the hair and wardrobe. This stops me from creating (what I call) Unicorn throw up. Too many colours in one condensed area.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing colours for your character:
How did your character come to be dressed in these colours? Does my character dress his or herself or did a parent dress them? Are their clothes hand-me-downs or self made?
Have these colours been thrashed? Personally I try to avoid stereotype colour palettes. ( It doesn't always happen). Straight up, because they are boring. The Pink girly girl, the blue and red Boy hero, the purple and black female villain or the red and black male villain.
This one is hard to explain... But I like to ask myself - Would my character work as lego? If there are too many colours or little contrast between chosen colours, the character would be difficult to recognise in simplified block colour lego pieces. This way you know you have a simple and punchy colour palette that is instantly recognisable and hopefully memorable!