In need of feedback or arcade stick art

Context: I'm soon going to be starting a school project—a project that consists of me making my own arcade stick.  One of the important aspects of a stick involving aesthetics is the displayed top art—I think—and I realized that I had to actually learn how to use Photoshop instead of using Paint, as I always did in the past, in order to use templates of the arcade stick that I was going to use.
 
I began "seriously" learning the program a couple of days ago and I managed to make some images that could be used as art on my stick.  I'd really like to have some opinions on which ones you think are relatively good and such.  I know most of them are crap; that's mostly why I decided to post this.  The art has to be either abstract or "serious" as this is for a high school project (it can't be an image of Cammy or something in a pose), but I'll be able to easily replace it once the project is done. 
 
The first 4 images have some weird logo in them.  That logo is my high school's logo which will be present, in some form, in whichever image I finally use in the art of my stick. 
 
tl;dr: I need some opinions on the following images as arcade stick art!  Thanks in advance.
 

 
   
     
 
 
 
  

 
   
    
 
 
 
 
 
  
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

[EDIT] Ah, crap.  This was meant to be attached to the SSFIV forums.  Oh well.
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Edited by FluxWaveZ

Context: I'm soon going to be starting a school project—a project that consists of me making my own arcade stick.  One of the important aspects of a stick involving aesthetics is the displayed top art—I think—and I realized that I had to actually learn how to use Photoshop instead of using Paint, as I always did in the past, in order to use templates of the arcade stick that I was going to use.
 
I began "seriously" learning the program a couple of days ago and I managed to make some images that could be used as art on my stick.  I'd really like to have some opinions on which ones you think are relatively good and such.  I know most of them are crap; that's mostly why I decided to post this.  The art has to be either abstract or "serious" as this is for a high school project (it can't be an image of Cammy or something in a pose), but I'll be able to easily replace it once the project is done. 
 
The first 4 images have some weird logo in them.  That logo is my high school's logo which will be present, in some form, in whichever image I finally use in the art of my stick. 
 
tl;dr: I need some opinions on the following images as arcade stick art!  Thanks in advance.
 

 
   
     
 
 
 
  

 
   
    
 
 
 
 
 
  
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

[EDIT] Ah, crap.  This was meant to be attached to the SSFIV forums.  Oh well.
Posted by eroticfishcake

Personally? I think that Rainbow template looks pretty boss. The rest are so-so.

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@eroticfishcake: Thanks for your input!  Honestly, I'm hesitating between the rainbow template, the blue/black abstract one and the space one.
Posted by eroticfishcake
@FluxWaveZ: Aye those three are good choices. I chose the Rainbow one though because I just thought it'll good on a fight stick. The other two aren't bad but within the context of an arcade stick it looks a bit...how do I put it? Off? 
 
Sorry but that school crest doesn't look particularly great. And I thought Irish school crests looked plain. >_>
Posted by GunstarRed

The Rainbow one is great, The moon with the clouds is also pretty good.
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@eroticfishcake said:
" The other two aren't bad but within the context of an arcade stick it looks a bit...how do I put it? Off? "
Ah, I see what you mean.  Yeah, I suppose I agree. 
 
"   Sorry but that school crest doesn't look particularly great. And I thought Irish school crests looked plain. >_> "
Haha, indeed.  I plan on making it as small as possible in the final art, too.  It's not really obligatory or anything for this project, but I just feel like I need to put it on the art for it to feel like it's somewhat personalized.  Perhaps I'll put the crest somewhere else on the stick.
Posted by commandercup

I like the rainbow one as well, but I don't think it'll look good obscured by buttons unless you are using clear button tops in which case you can fill them with the art as well.
 
If you are using opaque buttons and button tops, I'd go for the space one.

Edited by FluxWaveZ
@marioncobretti: Thanks!  I really like the look of it as well, but maybe not as much as a couple of the others. 
 
@commandercup: Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that.  I'm going to be using clear Seimitsu buttons, so the art being covered up by the buttons isn't going to be a (big) problem. 
Posted by eroticfishcake

If I were you I'll put the school crest on the side or maybe even the back of it where you can't really see it...of course it's your fight stick so you're free to do whatever you want with it. Show us the stick when you've finished with it, I'll like to see how it turned out.

Posted by CookieMonster

Have to say my favourites are the rainbow design and the outer space design. The school crest looks out of place on most of the designs, but hey, I'm no designer (Although I got an A in my Graphic Design GCSE, not like I'm blowing my own trumpet or anything...)

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@eroticfishcake: @CookieMonster: Heh, got it.  The crest will definitely not be part of the art, then.  I might just get it etched on the bottom of the stick instead.
Posted by FluxWaveZ

Alright, I think I'm done.  I've decided the art I was going to go with is the original rainbow one (not the one that I posted initially; this one is slightly different).  Thanks for your responses, guys!  They really helped me out.

Posted by HitmanAgent47

One of them covers jesus's head. That's blasphemy, however I this one looks cool.   
 

 

     

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@HitmanAgent47: Heh, every time I'd press that button I'd be channeling Jesus' energy.  That image and the Mona Lisa template were added in somewhat as jokes, but I'd be somewhat curious to see how the evaluators would react if I chose one of those. 
Posted by SpiralStairs

I liked the tunnel looking one and the one with the cloud and the moon the best.

Posted by FluxWaveZ
@SpiralStairs: Dammit.  I always have a hard time deciding between stuff like this, but after having really checked between 3 of the templates that I liked the most, I think I'm going to replace the art that I deemed "final" with the following: 

I have a few reasons why I'm (definitely) choosing this one over the rainbow one (button/joystick interference, the color of the arcade stick...).  I'm just glad that I'll be able to replace the art easily enough so that this is in no way permanent. 
 
Again, thanks for all of your input.  The stick won't be done very soon (at all), but when it is, I'll make a blog about it for any of you interested.  Or maybe I'll just make several blogs following the assemblage of the stick instead.