My ProcessCreating a custom Coat of Arms
Ideas and images
I collect images of old coats of arms and documents on a Pinterest board, as well as pieces of clip art that look interesting. Some clients come to me with an image already in hand. Others come to me with a list of symbols that are important or meaningful to their family. Through collaboration and guess-and-test, they gradually become a story with a theme, details, and their own unique style.
Digital back to Pen and Ink
These start with a computer mock-up.
Work starts with a computer drawing using clip art. It seems a little silly-looking, but that’s an easy way to make sure all the elements and words are in the right place.
Once approved, the computer mock up becomes a drawing.
Watercolor and Metal Leaf
I use watercolors to create bright, painterly fields of color. Real gold leaf gives the piece a regal feel. Archival materials ensure that your artwork stays beautiful and vibrant for generations.