Right. Deep breath. I am a complete beginner in both illustration and digital so this is quite a big thing for me.
I followed Brad's example, thinking of the concept of "quiet", listing all synonymous and all the linked words I could think of.
I started thinking (and sketching) of pillows, naps, purring cats, summer breeze, breaks and relax. I played a bit with the word "quiet" and noticed the "Q" looked like a mug handle... so TEA! tea break! 5 minutes of pure English heaven. I could not mix the cat tail with a mug of tea so I used the steam coming from a calming cuppa to create the word.