I agree that the dodge tool was used a little too much I absolutely LOVE the palette you used here. The watercolour-y feel to the flowers is amazing, and his expression is nice and light. The green tints in his hair really tie him to the flowers. CB I don't like the anime style, but this is gorgeous.
This is a great concept, and it's really cool how you showed it!! I think that everyone has some type of paranoia attached to them. I love how you made it a the back of his neck, attached to him even though he is smiling. It's like he looks happy, but there are those fears and problems running in the back of his mind that he can't get rid of. Great job
Well my story behind it is that, those hands are getting their life support from the guy which is like how people imagine/think that people have bad intentions to them...they're making their nightmares come to life or something close to that