I am going to be making a family crest. It will need to be very detailed as this will be later turned into a tattoo with added detail. It's entirely Celtic in nature, so knowledge of drawing Celtic knots and the sorts will be incredibly helpful for you. I have done a couple of very very rough mashups to just give you a general idea of how I'd like it to be laid out and a couple samples of the art style that I will be shooting for.
A brief description of the art will be a 2 tone black and white artwork (exception being the stag eyes). That lays out a shield with a stag head sitting slightly over center. The stags antlers spread out decently (mirrored on both sides) and two of the antlers come to the center and connect to a hanging celtic acorn that will sit directly in the center of the antler spread. I'd like the stag to have a mane very much like one of the reference pictures. Additionally i'd like a decent amount more antlers than in the reference photo.
Beneath the stag head sits the shield that I would like detailed with a Celtic tree (idea included in the reference photos). I'd like some fine details on the shield such as reinforcements (Billets, leather straps, whatever you see fit) just keep in mind it must be mirrored on both sides of the shield.
Behind the shield runs the double sided axe. That runs upside down and dead center. I'd like the handle end of the axe to be centered between the antlers and below the acorn (you can see this in the layout photo). and the double blade portion to be below the shield (please add some celtic finesse to the blades, similar to the reference photos). On either side of the blades will be the bears. The bears will be supporting the entire shield with their backs and there will be one on both sides of the shield. I've included a reference photo of the bear with the posture that I'd like as you can see it seems to have something heavy placed on it's back. The reference photo of the bear doesn't include rear legs and i'd very much like rear legs in the finished piece. The bears should be pretty large in size but not overwhelming the shield or the stag head.
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Hello, I'm Bea, I saw your post, and am really interested with this project, I can help you out with the crest design. Hope to hear from you. Thank You.