Most of the illustrations I’ve created for the Skookworks.com banners don’t have any context to them. That is, they don’t have any specific context, no specific story. They are images that came to me as I was staring at the blank paper. I can’t say they spring from nowhere. I doubt that anyone’s imagination is that fertile.
This one was probably inspired by those old haunted house movies. The ones where the houses have secret passages and big gloomy portraits on the walls. Often those portraits have removable eyes so that someone in a secret passage can look out and spy on an unsuspecting resident of one of the regular rooms.
I don’t think I’ve seen that bit in any recent movie.