What would heraldry be without its artists?
There are so many highly talented artists out there that it would be impossible to mention them all and if I attempted to do so, I’m bound to omit so many that it would appear to be an incomplete or an inaccurate list.
However, I do plan on mentioning a few that I have had the privilege of communicating with and some have even emblazoned my arms. I’ll also mention a couple of other artists that I’ve never communicated with but, would like to have the opportunity to commission them to emblazon my arms.
To be fair, I’ll present them in alphabetical order and only those who do this professionally.
Ronny Andersen is a Danish heraldic artist who has the privilege of enjoying royal patronage by the royal family of the Denmark. He specializes in the heraldic arts and is open to be commissioned to emblazon arms, design badges, bookplates, etc. He also creates illuminated manuscripts of very high quality. In addition to his services as an artist, he offers the services of a herald and advises on the creation of new arms for prospective armigers.
Randy Asplund is an American artist who specializes in using traditional methods for his heraldic work and illumination. He has spent a considerable amount of time studying the medieval and renaissance techniques and has now mastered them. Using gold and silver leaf, lapis lazuli, garlic juice and eggs (to name a few materials) are standard to this artist. Of course, he uses genuine parchment and is excellent to work with. Anything produced by this highly talented artist is destined to be treasured heirloom.
Neil Bromley is another one of the very talented heraldic artists in the field. An English artist from Devon, he studied at the Reigate School of Art and graduated in 1995. All his work is done on calf-skin vellum and he uses 23.5 carat gold leaf, making any of his emblazonments an heirloom.
Marco Foppoli is an Italian artist who, like others on this list, has achieved world fame in the circles of heraldry. However, Foppoli is also very well known in other circles such as those of the Orders of Chivalry and the Vatican. He is most known for his unique style and for emblazoning the arms for senior members of the Catholic Church. He had the privilege of working under the tutelage of Mons. Bruno Heim, Papal Nuncio and learned much of the rules and traditions of the heraldry of the Catholic Church from him.
Laurent Granier is a very well known French heraldic artist with a vast knowledge of French heraldry. He has been since 2006 a heraldic painter for the Flemish Heraldic Authority of the Flemish government of Belgium. Granier is an excellent resource that can help navigate the sometimes confusing waters of heraldic tradition in France and the current legislation.
Ljubodrag Grujic is perhaps one of the top heraldic artists in the world who use digital media instead of traditional to bring his work to life. Hailing from Pancevo in Serbia, his formal education is in Literary Sciences and his “day” job is being a high-school teacher. However, it is his inimitable style and innate talent that have made him a respected and highly sought after heraldic artist. He is associated, just like Nikitovich below, with the Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchy and in 2008 was appointed Heraldic Artist to the Royal House of Bagration-Muchranski of Georgia.
Michael Medvedev is a Russian artist whose emblazonments are exquisite. His artistic talent and heraldic research work have allowed him to become an advisor on heraldic matters to the President of Russia. However, not only is he an outstanding artist, he is also an inspired herald that can assist a prospective armiger in designing a new coat of arms.
Srechko Nikitovich is a most excellent young Serbian artist who also happens to be a digital artist. Even though he works with digital media, his emblazonments have excruciating details that are often not found even in traditional work of the highest quality. Nikitovich is a member of the Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchy and has also emblazoned the arms of various royal families of Europe such as those of Portugal, Serbia and Georgia. I have had the pleasure of having my full armorial bearings emblazoned by this artist and was pleasantly surprised when Nikitovich gave my achievement a Greek “look”. I must also add that he speaks fluent Greek, always a plus in my book
The Rev. Fr. Guy Selvester is noted American herald and artist who is an expert on the heraldry of the Catholic Church. He also happens to be a Catholic priest and is highly sought after by senior members of the church who are looking to create arms for themselves or their parishes. Fr. Guy is very active in non-profit organizations and orders of chivalry and is highly respected in heraldry circles. He is often mentioned as being the perfect fit for the Pontifical Office of Heraldry, if it ever were to be created. He is working with Andrew Jamieson on the St. Peter Codex.
Ioannis Vlazakis is a Greek artist who may very well be one of only a handful of, if not the only, Greek artists who deal with heraldry. Vlazakis has an exquisite medieval and gothic style with a Greek/Byzantine flair that comes out in all his work, heraldic and otherwise. A very talented and growing heraldic artist who often reaches out to already established heraldic masters for guidance.