Is there method to my madness?

Is there method to my madness? - student project

I am so very new to Illustrator, but so very excited about it. Here is my illustration to "method to my madness" idiom, as well as some other sketches. 

This is where I started. Some idioms were kind of weird and I didn't want to have a very literal illustration, so I was looking for something more abstract. 


Is there method to my madness? - image 1 - student project

 

Here is also the list of words. I barely used any of these for my final illustration, but it was very helpful for inspiration.

 

Is there method to my madness? - image 2 - student project

 

Is there method to my madness? - image 3 - student project

 

This is what finial sketch looked like. I didn't think it through, hoping something would come to me in the process of finishing it in illustrator. And something did! Is there method to my madness? - image 4 - student project

Is there method to my madness? - image 5 - student project

And this is the finial result! I know it kind of not obvious without words what this picture is about, but it was interesting experience anyway. (also, it defies gravity - I didn't think hair through when I turned my sketch upside down haha) 

 

Thanks!