Taylor, I really liked the concept behind Sketch #1, but the meaning wasn't clear to me from the illustration. I didn't get that an activist was transmitting information to a journalist and I didn't notice the taped-over mouth until after I read your explanation. The background image is perhaps a missed opportunity to add meaning -- instead of a picture of trees which doesn't help provide context, maybe imagery of a war-torn country and/or protests and of journalists/newspapers/news websites. Hope that helps.
Sketch 2 hold a lot of promise as well. I wonder if you could combine some of the elements from the two sketches... maybe instead of a person loudly speaking have them quietly/covertly talking, overlay the encryption key between the two people (instead of having it look like dialog) and then have the other person be the more overt loudspeaker. Hope that makes sense.
I like the direction this is heading! Good luck with your submissions!
Hi Daniel. I really like this concept/analogy. However, I would like to see the oppressiveness of the chains depicted somehow. Right now his posture and how the lines lead up make me think it has more to do with what he can access than what is tying him down. If he's not physically fighting against it, like the dogwalker is, because he can't feel it, maybe he can be hunched over with the connections pushing or pulling him down? Just some thoughts -- hope it's useful.