Here is the Epic Shield I created for Everquest.
Since this shield was intended to be used by Clerics, and in game a Cleric could choose to follow from a choice of several different deities.
I felt that laying out an arrangement of metal rivets abstracted to represent the constellations would be a good way to represent the universe and the realm of the gods. By using gold and blue it gives an underlying feel of nobility at first glance and a sense of worth and value, yet this is also my subtle way of indicating the balance of day and night, light and dark, good and evil.
I originally drew this in pencil, inked it in india ink, then did the final coloring in painter.