First time posting and first time entering a contest here. Been watching from the sidelines for a while admiring everyone's work but thought I should get posting some of my own stuff. So here goes.
Had a few ideas going on at thumbnail sketch stage but narrowed them down to two. First one up is the Manhattan Project as giving birth to the nuclear age. It cam out of drawing new born babies and suddenly seeing this mushroom cloud image in their form - which I thought was an interesting contradiction.
Reading up on the history of the Manhattan project it turned out to be a more appropriate image than I thought, as many of those involved saw the first successful test as the dawn of a bright new age and celebrated as you might at the birth of a baby. Weird in hindsight. Tried to get this feeling of celebration into my second stab at the composition. Also tried to go for a WWII propaganda poster feel.
Not sure if its still a bit too dark an idea really. Working on something else too which I'll post soon.
Any thoughts on this one would be more than welcome.
Edit: Below you can also see the idea I finally submitted and how it turned out.