Yeah...I wasn't feeling this one either and couldn't think of anything suitable. The only thing I did do that was remotely Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (ignoring the Mr. Friday thing altogether) was to play off the very 1886 notion of Evolutionary Man and decided to have some fun doing some Neanderthal man-like figure. Now. I don't mean to start anything, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but from what I have gathered from my collegiate and independent (hobbiest, admittedly) studies of anthropology, I have come to believe very firmly that all of the Evolutionary Man theory is severely flawed - if not false all together. I'm not a professional anthropologist, however, and an admitted Bible believing Creationist (of sorts - the term causes me pause these days b/c of the political mess about it). Anyways, my point is, that as an artist, I can see clearly that every attempt to model a non-Human hominid is an artistic stretch at best. I mean, the face above is a faithful rendering of a museum-grade recreation of a Neanderthal man. Well, the hair is my bit of fiction, but the face/features are true as true can be. That man there could pass for any number of Native peoples - especially an Australian Aboriginal. I rest my case. Anyways, not trying to incite riot or debate. Again, everyone is entitled their own opinions. This is mine. However insightful or misinformed it may be.
Ok, back to the art. Sorry.
So, I really don't know where this composition came from. I wanted to draw the face, and the hair just happened. Btw, the classic Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde character is almost physically opposite what we typically see in film these days. Interesting point, I think. So playing off that notion, I wanted to pose the question to the viewer - Which face is this? Is this Jekyll? Or is this Hyde? To add to the quandary, I put a cane (Why a toucan head? No idea.), and a spiked club/shillelagh. Yes, I know Jekyll/Hyde is not Irish, but it struck me (hah!) as an interesting juxtaposition to contrast with the Toucan Cane. Heh. Maybe that's why I chose the toucan head. Sounds cool. lol.
The numbers were partially to look cool and to place a nod toward the original publishing date of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which was Jan. 05, 1886.
I should mention that this piece is more in line with what I would consider actual "art" for me. I typically do mostly illustration, which has a bit of a blurry line of description as a type of art. For me, really taking the shackles off and freely exploring whatever pops into my head is art. A lot of the time it involves design aspects as well for me. I would like to explore more of this in the near future, but I need to clear my queue before I can do so.