I want an illustration or logo that can be put onto a T-shirt breast pocket, or mug.
The illustration is to be oriented around the mascot "Data Stoat", and it will have space for me to put in a variety of slogans, e.g. "Data Stoat sinks his teeth into big data". I want to use it on light-background T-shirts (white, light grey, pink) as well as dark-background T-shirts (black, dark blue, dark green) -- though these will probably have to be slightly different versions -- so I want something with simple use of colour. It doesn't have to be black and white -- greyscale, and use of other hues, are fine.
My initial thought was something along the lines of the Firefox or Iceweasel logo (attached): a circular frame; a cartoon stoat inside or wrapping around the edges; text around the outside of the circle. If you like, you could also take some design inspiration from the logo for Urban Engines (attached), the company I work for. However, you are free to be creative, as long as it leads to an illustration that I can use on a T-shirt or mug.
I want it to be quite distinct from Iceweasel: no globe, an emphasis on the sinuous shape of a stoat, and conveying the distinct characteristics of Data Stoat rather than some cuddly generic animal.
The characteristics of Data Stoat are as follows. He is wild and fierce. He is vicious, not out of malice but out of amusement at following his own spirit. He is excitable and playful too. Once he bites on to a big data problem that catches his interest, he will hold tight and not let go until he has made his kill. He has a strong sense of his own integrity, which is why he is so forceful at following his own spirit, and he will never give a half-baked data analysis, or produce an output that he doesn't believe in. Here are some videos that show what sort of character stoats have:
(His cousin, "Correlation Weasel", is a more slippery character. Correlation Weasel confuses correlation with causation, and doesn't hesitate to slip in misleading inferences if it suits his purpose. If the Data Stoat illustration is successful, I'll be asking for a Correlation Weasel illustration too.)
I'm attaching a picture of a stoat I have at home. (To be precise, he's more likely an American pine marten rather than a stoat, but it's indelicate to spend too much time thinking about his parentage.)