I need a logo for a non-profit foundation called The Tuition Mission. Our purpose is to lower the cost of college tuition at U.S. institutions and eventually make it free by having alumni pay for it rather than current students. We have chosen the European ruler/emperor Charlemagne (also known as Charles the Great, Karl der Gro&Atilde;?e, Carolus Magnus, or Karolus Magnus) as our icon because of his commitment to the cause of education and its preservation/enhancement.
Since he lived in the Dark Ages, few consistent images of him exist, but one that struck me was his statue in Paris.
I need a logo that incorporates these elements:
-A bearded, king-like figure, charging on horseback, perhaps with either a lance or a sword
-In the background is an Ivy-league-like stone college building, perhaps even with literal ivy growing on parts of the walls
-All of these elements partially contained in the shape of a shield
-The words "The Tuition Mission" (no quotes) in a semi-Olde English format that's not too Gothic.
I am attaching the Charlemagne statue picture. Other images can easily be Googled.
I do not want something terribly formal. It can be somewhat on the nature of a "serious cartoon."
I am a good sketcher and can provide a sketch of my idea, but I am also open to your interpretation/conceptualization.
I wlll need files in .jpg, .gif, and .ai formats, please.
Thank you, and I look forward to hearing of your interest.