Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones and friends. The salad in this photo is one of my favorite dishes to serve and is a family tradition in our home. Our children request it every year. The recipe was handed down to me from my mother. Can't you just taste the bacon?
If you haven't designed a coat of arms I encourage you to do so. It's a wonderful way to do some self exploration about what defines you as an individual.
My inspiration for this illustration comes from my interest in all things 19th century Victorian, particularly my love of Staffordshire figurines, and in researching the history of a coat of arms. I envisioned a charming cat and dog (my loyal supporters) to be part of a beloved royal family (mine in another life perhaps?) evidenced by the crest of a crown. The leaf work and flowers that define the shape of the shield or cartouche, were inspired by my love of plants and the outdoors. And last but not least, I included my motto "Maggie Summers Illustration" on the cartouche and banner or baberole, which clearly defines me as an illustrator. In this way, my Coat of Arms becomes my individual trademark.
The oldest documented example of a coat of arms was created in 1127 A.D. That's pretty amazing!
To design your own coat of arms, think about what each part means to you as an individual and how to best express those ideas through your choice of creative mediums.
I'm very excited to have my new website live. Now I can focus on creating new quality illustration content. It's great to turn over a new leaf and start fresh isn't it? Below are three colorways of a personal piece inspired by my love for memorabilia and collections. The last colorway didn't make the cut to my website but I do like the lavender and white. What do you think? Different strokes for different folks right?
I'm happy to announce an all-new website and blog and you can find it right here. Please update your bookmarks as my previous blog is no longer accessible. Thanks so much!Read More