I designed my family crest pretty much following all of Draplin's steps. I did a brainstorm and looked at a variety of related images and created an ideas board. Then I crafted the individual pieces trying to keep things as simple and precise as possible. I finished up with a crest both in colour and in monochrome.
Here they are:
The name Rademaker means "wheel maker" so I made a wagon wheel the basis of the crest around which it is all constructed. My father is of Dutch origin, hence the windmill. My mother is a Kiwi, so I included a Kiwi. The silver ferns in the monochrome version are also symbolic of New Zealand, where I live.
The banner includes part of a Bible verse from the book of Joshua representing my family's faith and trust in God. The five arrows are representative of myself and my four siblings; this is taken from a Bible passage that likens children to arrows in a quiver. Finally, I took the colour scheme from a crest that my father had made for my family - not a traditional one, but one he requested. New Zealand sports teams all use black, white, or silver (except for our cricket team which occasionally uses beige as well), so I thought a monochrome version would be quite fitting as well.