Heyas, heard about the contest, and got a bit interested. So here's some rough ideas to start off. I'd be glad to hear your opinions.
The first idea was about taking the concept of been given life, in reverse. Being reborn after death, and rejoining old friends. The fountain is a symbol of the flow of life, but also takes the symbol of sadness as it falls down to be turned into rain, falling on the woman below. At this point I wasn't sure how to handle her death, but I got an idea a bit later (last thumbnail)
The second I figured I'd try some idea involving a baby (the anatomy might be a bit off, I'll probably look up a reference or two should I finish it). While being creative and open about the subject matter, I feel that the concept must convey the subject matter we've been given. If an audience wouldn't guess that "Newborn, given life, brought to existance" was the leading key words for the artwork, then it ain't good enough.
For this one I was thinking about making the baby itself greyscale, while everything else will be in color. To sort of tell the story of how the human starts off as a blank slate, and how we gain color and character as we make choices and events reaches us, leaving marks that shapes us to the people we are.
I think for the third I went a bit too far away from the initial concept, but hey, one must try fresh ideas to get that really cool concept. Of course, this is about a birth in an unusual way. The wickedness, and how sometimes we turn into something unexpected, ugly.
I kinda like the first idea I had, so I revisited it with some ideas I had for the second thumbnail, but that I couldn't include properly. Here I managed to flesh out the story behind the deceased woman a bit, as well as emphasizing the "Newborn" keyword a bit. I also removed the surrounding people, and added babies that were floating away with a sort of life stream, to clarify just what the upper part is about.
That's what I have for now, I'd be happy to hear what you have to say, I'm especially keen on composition, it's something I have a great deal to learn about, so anything that might improve that would be greatly appreciated.