These are rejected concepts for an honest account of a father’s relationship with his autistic son. The first image is of my stepson: in the book, the son is described as being remarkably engaged for an autistic boy. I wanted to show the two sides of the boy — attentive and engaged, as well as distant and in his own world.
The second concept plays on a passage from the book where the boy describes himself as a monkey to the father’s elephant. I thought those animals served as excellent symbols for the father and son.
It’s back to the drawing board with these, but I felt like I got two solid ideas out, so that’s always satisfying in and of itself.