Thanks everyone for the designs so far - We think all of you have made some really interesting and artistic designs. To pick the final design we've revised the brief just clarify some things.
The album cover is....
For the record hard rock/grunge record "Breaths at the Bottom of the Sea".
The cover must be thought of as a "sequel" to the first record's cover (the first image in the brief)
The first cover used elements of air (the sky) and water (the ocean) and this sequel cover MUST go under the ocean/sea ("water") and use the element of "earth" (maybe the ocean bed, maybe rocks, cliffs or something else - get creative! :) ) Try to keep a continuity from the first cover to the this one, however loosely - there must be a feel of "these two records are related, somehow".
Please note that almost everyone has re-used the sphere shape from the first design - this is NOT a prerequisite. Feel free to throw another geometric shape in there, a symbol or nothing at all.
The key elements of the design that MUST be included is water and earth, in a clean, minimalistic feel. Colors: Blue, black, white and sand - use one, two or all of them, it's all up to you.
Lastly, we're looking for art, not cookie cutter wallpaper - the most creative and artistic idea will win. So please, get crazy and experimental - stand out!
Best of luck and we look forward to your designs :)