The Art of Heraldry developed many centuries ago as a means of identification both on the battlefields and heraldic tournaments.
During the early years designs and markings were plain. Markings were placed on shields in basic shapes and forms.
As time passed and heraldic tournaments faded, coats of arms remained popular for personal, family and genealogical identity.
A need for sophistication developed and heraldic design became more specialised, utilising design instruments in order to achieve immaculate visual identities.
Today heraldry remains as popular as ever. Societies and associations, law firms and companies, families and individuals endeavour more and more to create their lasting identities through heraldry.
The heraldic artist brings together different forms of art in the creation of a coat of arms. Amongst these are pencil drawing and sketching, instrument line-drawing, draughting, water or oil based painting, calligraphy and gold-leafing.
Today digital or electronic design, layout and calligraphy may also form an integral part of the design process and the final product.
The complete process to design and issue a heraldic representation on a certificate of registration is a complex one with many stages and challenges. The final product as a work of fine art and design is an achievement the armiger may be immensely proud of.
Following are some examples of design instruments both old and new: