I am working on a C++ application under Visual Studio 2003 using DirectX 8.1 that uses 3D graphics to displays various elements. For Eg: I have a beach ball on a sunny day. I am able to draw the ball using graphics, but I am interested in drawing the sunny day background using any available color code, or any other input I can have in order to execute this. At the moment, I have basic colored backgrounds implemented in my code, like I can get the basic colors from Black(0,0,0) to white(255,255,255). What would be the best way to go about this executing and rendering the climate background (like sunny day, dark night, cloudy day) through the code using DirectX 8.1? Hope someone can help here.