For this crest I thought a long time about it, wrote a bunch of notes, may have taken longer than I anticipated to bring it all together and ultimately decided at the end to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).
As far back as I can remember farming has been a high valued part of my family. Even though I never farmed myself, it was something that was always made important, especially by my Great Uncle Mike. He would say things like "Farming is the most important thing in this world, everyone needs farm grown food to eat, except politicians they can enjoy that processed junk." Uncle Mike never did like the way the world of politics worked. But as time went on and that processed junk started to become popular the farm was no longer farmed and the family started to head out into the world to make ends meet in different ways.
As a result of the family farm life coming to an ending my dad ventured into the work force and became an engineer. He later started a family with my mom and had six kids rambunctious kids. We were and still are the biggest family in that town to this day. Getting everyone to their extra curricular activites was a herculean task in itself and we needed a vehicle that could stand the test of time and abuse a family of 8 would throw at it. So then came the big white van, aka the party bus. This twelve passenger behemoth of a van took us everywhere and anywhere!
The family van starts to take vector form.
Next we have an essential farm staple, CORN!
So now here comes the fun part. What type of shape should the family crest be? Made a bunch of weird shapes, made a bunch of cool shapes, heck even played around with the crest shape set provided by Mr. Draplin himself. But the more I got caught up in the shape of the crest the more everything started to disconnect. So I took a step back and read, re-read, re-re-read my work so far. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Uncle Mike's words "Farming is the most important thing in the world, everyone needs food!" So then came the round family crest.
Next I needed some good old family slogans and the one that came to mind the strongest was from Mother. "It's not what you said, it's how you said it!" My mom said this and still says this to this day. And what she meant by this is just because you did not say any bad words doesn't mean you did not say anything rude or offensive. Same sentence two different meanings based on how you said it. Not a bad life lesson mom, thanks.
The last thing on the agenda was to find out when the heck all this started or a close time frame. After a few phone calls, two long stories about how I am lucky to have phone to call relatives unlike back in the day when you sent letter or just showed up at a relatives house, I finally got the date. Or the most creditable date I could use. 1823 was the first year in the family lineage that there was documentation of family members farming as well as ownership of a farm. Pretty cool stuff!
It's amazing what you can learn about yourself with a little digging (farming pun intended). It's more astonishing what you can accomplish by pushing yourself a bit further that what is expected of you. THANKS Aaron for an awesome class and a great workflow to aspire towards!