since it's meant to go on a water-bottle, which is a 3 dimensional shape, I decided I wanted to do something that would be printed on both sides of the label, so that one could look through the bottle to create depth in the scene.
Painted in Photoshop
(I added a 3D render done in maya just to show the dimensionality of the piece. Please forgive the crudeness of my UV mapping)
Oh, and while I appreciate everyone's support, please don't bad mouth the winning entries. If you feel that strongly about my work, then you should buy a print instead!