This can be one of two designs... (Vintage Railroad Company-style Logo or Pen and Ink Cross-Hatching Storybook Illustration). Please use your strengths...
For either styles:
We want you to imagine a (used to be green) locomotive engine resting in a field for a century sometime near the edge of the fall... two children fell in love with it and one another. Together the three of them (Locomotive and two children) adventure together now, every day, in love and friendship. Old rusted green, Brown/Orange, mustard yellow. Flannel colors of fall. But ultimately, we need the logo to translate in total black or total white. It will often be used over top of moving images (like film projects). For us, that's most important.
FOR THOSE OF YOU GOING FOR VINTAGE RAILROAD COMPANY LOGO: (read notes near the bottom of brief). This should be easy to translate on moving surfaces (like video) and reckon to early railroad company print logos (a little better explained further down).
FOR THOSE OF YOU GOING FOR THE PEN AND INK CROSS HATCHING... We want you to think of the storybook illustrations you've seen in books growing up. Make us feel the story of two children (boy leading a girl by the hand) chasing a steam locomotive. It should feel like flipping to the next chapter in a long novel, and being rewarded with a chapter heading illustration that says it all. Please pull at our heartstrings. We hope this image will reckon to the creativity, compassion, and love we share.
For the minimal and negative-space designers we've invited to this contest: If there is any way for you to use your skills in tying up these concepts into implied shapes and spaces, we are interested in seeing that also. I feel like there are many opportunities to use the locomotive as subject 1 (or background) and the children running (cut out from in in negative space)... or running in front of or behind)...
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL DESIGNERS:
Samantha and I are pretty down-to-earth as far as clothing. If you decide to render the two children (which we'd love to see), be sure to consider how we look. Samantha is a tomboy with long hair (and wouldn't want to ever be seen in a dress). Jeans and t-shirts are very safe for us.