A coat of arms is not defined by a particular depiction of it, but instead, by a special description called a blazon. This blazon describes the shapes and colors to be drawn on a shield, but so long as the artist’s work is recognizable as following the blazon, they have a wide latitude to make decisions on the actual drawing.
This idea of a consistent description has interesting implications for logos. These logos can symbolize pretty much anything, from elements, to factions, to individual people, but what fascinates me is the idea of symbols that remain recognizable when drawn many different ways. For example, while the image above depicts a stylized hand-mirror on a black background, the mirror could easily be much more detailed. It could even be replaced with a standing mirror, so long as it remains recognizable as a mirror, it still matches the blazon I used for the title.
Here are some more experiments into the creation of symbols. It started with me trying to figure out a way to represent the four elements using only a few lines, and when I was done with that, I felt like I could keep going on to abstract concepts. I wonder if you can tell what each rune corresponds to.
Another take on the circle L symbol from last week. This time, I wanted to make something that could be an official symbol of a company or other organization, while still keeping the L in front of the circle, implying a connection between the two. I realize that it would have worked better if I had shown them side by side, but I made these in two separate programs, so what can you do?
I’m not sure what to call this: a symbol? An icon? Anyway, it’s an experiment for thinking of ways for a logo of a faction or other group can be modified and still be recognizable. The basic image I had in my head was of an L superimposed on a circle. I don’t think the actual faction I wanted the symbol to represent is important, but you can see it, can’t you?
Otherwise, I took this opportunity to practice with Krita’s spray brush. I needed to go over things a few times, but I mostly like the results. I managed to get some noticeable dark regions with it.
Patreon needs a much smaller picture for it’s banner than the one used for this site. I’m thinking of replacing that one too, though the size difference isn’t nearly as bad here as over there. Like the old picture, I painted this with ink on paper. I made the letters too tall, and I wasn’t centered on the page. I guess I’ll just have to try better next time.