I did this illustration for my friend Haley who's working on a children's book idea. This is her main character and he hasn't been sleeping well lately. She wanted to see her character on the page and I wanted more experience in illustrating someone else's story.
I wanted to do a nice polished portfolio piece so I spent time designing the monsters in clay and considering where the they would have come from. The bat-like guy behind him could be the nightmare version of his neighbor's hairless cat. The brain creature is something he's currently studying in science, and the eyes . . . I just like drawing eyes. Maybe they represent a girl in his class who he's afraid to talk to.