I remember I started sketching this one day as I felt inspired by a certain type of art. Something about cutting different pieces of different things and making a collage sort of look. Sometimes you can paste craft paper over an image and make it look interesting. Or make a collage with mixed mediums. I remember looking at artist Dave Mckean who worked with Author Neal Gaiman. Dave Mckean has a lot of art which inspires the type of look I was thinking of at this time, but I wasn't looking to copy a style really, I just wanted something of a mood to start with. I was mostly something about making layers upon layers of strange things and "Experimenting" (note the title of the illustration.
So that all started by sketching the characters face on the right. Maybe you can see how it has many layers, sort of sloppily layered over each other (intentionally so). Then I felt happy with how that looked but I didn't have anything further to offer and I let this piece rest for a while. After some time I started thinking a lot about the universe and how everything "Rotates" (again, check the title) and suddenly I had a theme for my illustration. I was thinking it's funny how the Earth rotates, and it is also in orbit around the Sun. These types of things create a foundation for our human lives. And then within our human creations we make all of these machines which universally seem to depend upon some type of "rotation". The heart of just about every machine is an engine or a motor, both which require rotation. Clocks need rotation and so do all of the gears we use for all of our machines. It seems the entire universe is rotating and everything we depend upon has to do some type of rotation.
And so that is what this illustration is all about. The bird in the middle is random and doesn't necessarily serve any intended purpose that I can remember. But randomness was also part of the "Experiment".