This study of imagery is directly related to my (dabbling) interest in heraldry and the design involved. I have and probably will check out more books from the library on heraldry. My experience with these books has shown me that heraldry is extremely faceted, and bewildering if consumed too quickly. While I know that these images are beautiful, intricately designed and useful, I also struggle with some of the aesthetic appeal of certain types of images, things that I might want to gravitate towards that may not be appropriate for what I want to convey. For example, who wants pigs on their shield? I'd much rather put a griffon or a lion on a shield, but if you are a family who has farmed excellent pigs for decades you might want them on your shield.
The nice thing about being an artist that is not relying on my next meal in exchange for a heraldic crest is that I can break the rules. Problems arise when you don't know what rules you've broken and why. So I am in the midst of a slow process of learning those rules.
Here's a sketch inspired by classical iconography with no fancy meanings attached (yet) plus my own artistic flourishes.