View Full Version : Heraldic... swan?
08-02-2011, 03:51 AM
For my story, I want to create a coat-of-arms dominated by the figure of a swan. I've been snooping around google images looking for a heraldic displayed swan that looks impressive and imposing enough to be a symbol for a vast Imperial state.
The best I could find was this:
Which isn't particularly impressive at all. Would anyone know how to go about growing parts of him? Removing the ridiculous looking feet? Drawing a completely new one that looks halfway impressive? I just need ideas, I'm sure I could draw it myself; any ideas would be appreciated!
08-02-2011, 06:53 AM
I would straighten out the neck, make it a top down view. get rid of the feet, widen out the tail so it flows with the wings. Then i'd stretch the wingtips up a bit so they come to points.
erm.. actually if you do a search for "swan logo" there's a few pretty decent ones out there.
**Google-Fu - HIYAA!**
08-02-2011, 07:29 AM
If you're looking for classic heraldry, then they tend to look very goofy.
I'd honestly make the neck longer, exaggerate the wings, point the feet further down and widen the tail-fan. Plus add in a some shading. I've got a lot of 'classic' heraldry icons, but no swans.
I personally think that swans, and birds other than eagles, look best in passant, statant, sergeant or dormant.
08-02-2011, 07:55 AM
My GOOGLE-Fu returned: THIS (http://www.google.com/search?q=heraldic+swan&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=aVE&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=b-U3TtCjGoHBtgfdy-HoAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAQ&biw=1213&bih=1023)
08-02-2011, 08:35 AM
For inspiration if you are going to draw your own: A trumpet swan going spread eagle.
Some images of a knights with swan heraldry.
08-10-2011, 02:07 AM
For a vast empire, give that swan some weapons and maybe a crown or helmet. If you want it really threatening, put a pile of skulls under it.
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