a new Coats of Arms.
people are now
choosing to create their own coats of arms, for
their personal or business use or for societies, clubs or other groups
with which they are involved. Our graphic artist can help greatly this
regard. In commisioning a new coat of arms, you have choices. If you
are good with graphics, whether by hand or computer you
can do this yourself. Otherwise you will need help. Such help is
available at many levels. At the high end you can pay up
(dollars, euros, pounds, does the currency really matter?). Our fee is
as little as €50 for a digital
design. Either way you are effectively paying for the artist's time and
the longer it takes then the more it will cost. How can we do it so
cheaply? It's straightforward, we just keep it simple. We have standard
and a huge clipart collection, so we can put together your design in
hours, by computer (CorelDraw), rather than days or weeks. Sure, it's
not high art, but it will still look great and will not break the bank.
There are limitations of course. We cannot stray beyond the clipart we
have available, so there is point in sending us a picture of your dog
and expect us to spend hours redrawing it. We already have
dog artwork, and if we have some that is similar to yours then happy
days! If not, then sorry, at our prices it is just not worth it. For
€50 you will get up to three drafts (we will happily do further minor
tweaks if necessary). Also we required up-front
payment. It's not that we don't trust you, it is just good business
sense. The fee also gets you full ownership of the final design. It is
your to do with as you please. You can even take it to another artist
to hand paint it if you wish. The final version will include high
resolution (300 dpi) bitmap graphics for screen display and printing at
about 8 x 10 inches. And if you need them bigger or smaller - no
problem. If you want prints, or plaques or any other physical items we
offer, then you will have to pay for them. The graphic
will include the shield, mantling and helmet as well as crest and motto
(if your require these). It does NOT include supporters. If for some
reason you really want supporters these will cost extra. Note that
supporters are generally considered the preserve of nobility and will
tend to change the overall shape of your design from 2:3 (width:height)
to roughly square.
how do you go about designing your arms?
Well you have choices.
- Simply use features that appeal to -
colours, symbols, etc. Some people send us sketches of what they have
- Create a family type design based on
existing coats of arms. For example many family societies like designs
that incorporate features from some or all of the branches of a family
that bore the same name
- Create a design based on your
interest, area of activity or profession. For example, some people like
to include golf clubs, boats and so on, doctors often include a
cadudeus, bankers a bezant (round gold symbol representing money),
farmers a plough and so on
- Let our artist use his
that simplicity is the essence of heraldry, especially the shield.
Don't try to over
complicate you design. Your shield should be
in an instant and from a distance. The following guidelines, known as
the ten commandments of good heraldry, though not
inviolable, should be kept in mind.
Only heraldic tinctures are used. These are the metals, gold (Or) and
silver (Argent); and the colors, red (Gules), blue (Azure), black
(Sable) and green (Vert). Other colors such as purple (Purpure), orange
(Tenné) and maroon (Sanguine) have been used, but are generally best
avoided in the absence of a compelling reason. In heraldic drawings
yellow is usually used in place of gold and white or very light grey in
place of silver. Heraldic colours are always obvious, bright and clean.
Tones of the colours are picked from center of the scale.
of only two tinctures, of which one is a metal, is ideal. The use of a
third tincture is permissable, but a fourth is approaching bad
heraldry. Exceptions may be used if the extent of the additional
coloring is minor such as in the case of the claws of an animal, leaves
and seeds of a flower, or a sword proper (Argent blade with Or pommell
and hilt), for example.
According to the tincture rule, one must
not place colour on or next to colour or metal on or next to metal,
unless the line of contact is very short.
Letters, numbers or texts do not belong on a heraldic emblem.
Figures (charges) must be as big as possible and fill the space
intended for them as completely as possible.
In figures natural presentation is not important, but characteristic is
(e.g. the ferocity of the lion, majesty of the eagle, gracefulness of
In principle the charges should be two dimensional. At
a minimum they must be recognisable even when presented as coloured
flat surfaces, without shading or extra borderlines.
emblem must be easy to remember. It should not be crowded with too many
symbols, only the essential. The ideal is only one charge.
forbidden to be repetitive in heraldry: one idea should not be
symbolized with two or more charges. On the other hand, if one charge
suffices to symbolize two or more ideas, it only strengthens the
symbolism of the charge, and therefore the whole emblem.
charges and the whole emblem must be such that they can be redrawn
according to a written description (blazon) of the coat of arms or flag
without a model. This means that the charge must be a general
presentation of its kind. For example, a castle cannot be a specific
castle, but only a stylized heraldic castle (although it can be
explained as referring to, say, Malahide Castle). In other words, the
description of the charge should not require the use of a proper
are we any good? Well here are a few of many designs we have
done - you be the judge. I realise than some of these actually breach
the guidelines above, but that was the wish of the customer
was made fully aware of the breaches.
will gladly vest any copyright or trademark
ownership in the customer.
more examples of coats of arms we have designed please see the Roll
do not register coats of arms with heraldic authorities, but we do
offer advice as to how
to do so.
finally, if you are ready to start designing now, click here.
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