art notes to future self for cr art stuff:

everyone:hero’s crest with each of the five dragon scales

grog: has his shoulder tattoo as well as kevdak’s tribal bear tattoo redone onto his back, percy’s ascot and glasses

pike: nothing new tbh??? she’s got a cute ass bakery tho, EDIT: blue streaks going from the center down and one on each side all the way down, which leads to a blue ombre kinda tips

vex: white dragon scale armor, makes her hero’s crest her hair piece

vax: antlers tattooed onto his right bicep

keyleth: her cool ceremonial robe was tattooed on her chest and shoulders

percy: rose gold glasses made by taryon himself

tary: black armor of umbrasyl to match vex’s, long dangling earring on the left ear, haS A BROOM, hero’s crest without any scales

doty: book storage lil slot in left rib cage, weird right arm, vm crest on chest, left hand has a hole in palm for a bullet, can say “tary” exclusively, boots of elven kind


Episode 95: One Year Later… 

“He’s got a couple of upgrades. He’s got a water proof slot for the book inside of him so he can store my book. […] The crest of Vox Machina right on his chest, emblazoned there. His arm works a little differently, his right arm. Which we might see in some sort of competition at some point. And uh, his left arm…”

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.
—  Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Heraldry How-To

Designing and describing a coat of arms is a complex business! It’s especially complex if your chosen coat of arms is in full colour, but you can only print in black and white, as can be seen in this 1690 book of heraldry, Insignium Theoria seu Heraldici by Philip Spener.

A blazon (the formal description of the appearance of a coat of arms) is a highly regulated thing; it actually was developed in the Anglo-Norman period, which means many of the terms, and even the word order, originate from French. The order in which one properly states a blazon is as follows: tincture, principle charge and its tincture, secondary charge and its tincture and position, crown/helmet, motto, and supporters. The end result is something like: Argent a chevron sable three castles two-and-one gules, which describes the coat of arms below.

So, what’s going on in the images above? The third image contains examples of how to represent tinctures (the colour of the shield) in black and white printing, as undertaking even small print runs in multiple colours in the 17th century was an extremely difficult process. In writing a blazon, the names of the tinctures must be in French, although this book features a German translation below. The following images feature options for principle charges, as well as helmets and crowns to be placed upon the finished product. Finally, there are a number of examples of various coats of arms and the families they belong to. As you can see, people got quite creative with their heraldry, although I pity the poor arms bearers who had to write their blazons!