After having won the TrekBBS forum art challenge in April 2012, it was my turn to come up with a theme for the May art challenge. I had recently fallen in love with "Game of Thrones" on HBO, a series based on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, and I was fascinated with the attention to detail in them, particularly with the various sigils and coats of arms each noble house possessed.
The challenge was to pick a character (or group of characters) from any Trek series or movie and come up with a design that that person may conceive if he/she/it were to create their own coat-of-arms. I chose Data. I figured that, since Data was an extremely rare individual, he might have started his own family crest. I based the overall design on those family crest printouts you can order at places like Colonial Williamsburg or EPCOT Center
Funny thing is, Data was never actually my favorite character on the show, but it made sense to me that he would have made his own coat of arms as a part of his own self-discovery and self-awareness, analyzing the most important and significant aspects of his life, whether enjoyable (playing the violin, time in Starfleet, Spot, etc.) or not so much (Lore, the Dominion War/fighting with the Borg in First Contact, learning the true nature of B-4, etc.) - all things that made him who he was on his journey to know what it was to be human.
I didn't win that month's challenge, but I still found it an enjoyable experience to try something new besides my usual starship panorama.
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