I am looking for a drawing or graphic similar to what is attached. I encourage you to be as creative as you want to be. This community has proven itself to me in the past. What I have to offer is this:
What I want the artwork to convey is a transition from hardship to peace and a brighter outlook. At the bottom, there are rocks. The rocks can be in water or they do not have to. From those rocks grows a "flower". The first part is the stem. As it grows, we notice leaves starting to bud and more developed leaves. The "flower" is both the moon and the sun. Both should be abstract enough to NOT look like a moon and a sun realistically, but when someone sees it, they should say "Hey...that is a moon...that is a sun". The curve of course is the moon. My picture is crude, so it is for example only. It should be a crescent moon, perhaps at a slight angle. Again not an actual crescent moon, just something that resembles the moon. Above that is the "sun". The sun is again, abstract enough, but not like a traditional sun.
The entire design should be simple so the attention is focused on the development aspect.
The colors I am looking for should be bright and vibrant...Lively...like fruit.
I am struggling with the number of colors, as I think when I exceed four things get funky with printers. So please feel free to offer your feedback/suggestions.
Rocks - Black/dark
Stem - Lime Green (I use lime only to indicate the vibrancy)
Moon - Silvery...whitish...
Sun - A blend between orange and yellow. Not pure yellow, not pure orange.
Water (If used) - Use your judgement... to limit colors, this is where I might scale back on. Maybe it can be black as long as it is evident it is water, (with waves or something)
In all cases, it needs to render well in black (grayscale) print.
The color selection here will be that which will be used on the website.
The overall design I am looking for should have depth and a three dimensional feel to it, (not flat). Perhaps this is accomplished by simulated lighting) The design should be elegant with nice smooth features. Simple enough to not draw attention to details of the design, but complex enough to draw the attention to the message. The image should be well "contained" as its primary use will be on the site with my name accompanying it.
My drawing is a decent GUIDE...But a guide only, (as I am no artist). If you understand what is to be conveyed, then I ask for your suggestions should you have any. I will do my best to communicate guidance to you individually, but if it is something that the community should know, I may also make a general statement as well. I will mark them accordingly, but ask if you would consider keeping them. On the move to the second round, I expect to get opinions, and just because I mark it, say...one star, does not rule it out, it is done to help guide in addition to my comments. This will be a private contest, so your designs will be viewed by me and those colleagues that will help me decide.
I found a few pictures that kinda of represent the abstract look I am looking for. They are not THE design per se, but they may help give you an idea.