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Day Two

A meme stolen from umbreons!

Day one. A song
Day two. A picture
Day three. A book/ebook/fanfic
Day four. A site
Day five. A youtube clip
Day six. A quote
Day seven. Whatever tickles your fancy



This ridiculous monstrosity is what I have so far for the Sam & Freddie coat of arms. Those wrinkly gold things are *meatballs*, people. The border embattled (those castle-looking lines) stands for having endured many battles and also represents the element of fire. The diagonal blue stripe traditionally stands for a knight who is on the defensive, but also, of course, is Freddie's backpack strap.

Eventually on one side will be a stag rampant (one who only fights when his hand is absolutely forced, plus associations with high culture) and the other side will be a boar rampant (fierce, loyal, delicious).

I'm not sure about the fork and the saber. I'm going to have to figure it out and probably redraw a lot of it. This is all really annoying and fidgety work and I'm not comfortable drawing long, smooth lines on my tablet. It took me about forty five minutes to make the shield shape. I'm most unhappy with the border embattled. And the colors are of course entirely off, the end result will hopefully be full of texture and much more subtle.

Um, anyway, yeah. A Picture. there you go.

If I hammer this out and I actually manage to work out a style and technique I enjoy and don't find insanely tedious, I'll get to work on my own coat of arms. Hint: peacocks are involved.

Comments

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blinkidybah
Sep. 27th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
For that kind of wow you might want to try utilizing more vector work and the pen tool -- easiest way to get nice long smooth lines. :)
mizufae
Sep. 27th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
oh honey. dear girl. it's ever so much more annoying and complicated than that on my end. I don't want nice long smooth lines. I want lines that feel hand-drawn. And I want lines that vary in width. And I want texture, and character, and weird little tapers to give depth.

And vectors... vectors can die in a fire. I've spent 7 years trying to figure out vectors that aren't typography and my brain just says "NO!" to me about them and they make me sad in my pants and face.

Basically I would *like* to be doing this whole thing by hand with rulers and french curves and fountain pens and pigment-laden inks. But I can't knock such a thing out until I have the actual composition down, and I don't have the surface area to be doing that anymore, or the steady hand.

My main consolation is that this is so very early in the stages of creation, by the time I'm done with it I hope that it's barely recognizable.
mizufae
Sep. 27th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
okay lol i just read what i said in the post and i DID say long smooth lines but i didn't, like, MEAN that? you know what I mean. Yaaargh.
caety
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I think it's cool, but the fork is really random. I like how much thought you put into this. I would've just drawn an x and colored it in red and blue and been like, "Done!"
mizufae
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
random? but Sam enjoys her steak on a fork!
caety
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh duh. I was weirdly thinking that the sword was for Sam because she likes to fight, so then the fork made no sense for Freddie. But of course the sword is for the Fencin' Beson, and so the fork is for Sam, and basically disregard my earlier comment.
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