I just finished a job for Harvard University magazine. It was a really cool assignment, with a great art director. It was a very mature, introspective article about a girl reflecting on her dreams of going to Harvard and her communicating that to new prospective students upon her graduation from the college. I approached the article with a metaphoric/symbolic approach in my 1st set of sketches, which I was pretty excited about.
However, they preferred a more literal, less whimsical approach. So I submitted a 2nd set, these with a more narrative scene--
In the end, I was asked to combine some elements from the 1st and 2nd set of sketches. Here's what the final image came to be: