I had gotten some feedback from a very talented advertising designer, Amanda McKinley, a few days ago and made some changes. (Finally getting around to uploading some of what I have been working on.)
Here are the results so far, though I already have some new ideas for the illustration. I am thinking Op Art for the brain to induce a bit of kinesthesia to the viewer versus adding graphics to imply a dizzying affect.
I am really liking the idea of using a more old-school style of typography for the first “Artist” and then a more today-and-trendy style for the second one. I also like the mostly-there, not-quite-there versions as well. I am still playing though.