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!
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!**
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.
My GOOGLE-Fu returned: THIS
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.