Heraldry is like pizza: even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good

In a thread over at the American Heraldry Society forum, we were discussing heraldry and how one can be put off when the artwork is bad.

Some give more weight on the emblazon (or visual aspect), as they are visual types, and some focus on the blazon and leave the graphical depiction to a competent artist.

My opinion is that the blazon is what’s important, the emblazon could lie anywhere from absolutely horrid all the way to Louvre calibre masterpiece. An good artist could make even the most mundane and uninspired arms look spectacular while, at the same time, an untalented hack can ruin the most original arms.

The point is, when looking at a shield or full achievement, try to see beyond the image and try to paint it in your head with all the flourishes you want. That’s when it will “pop”!

Even when it comes to [lucky charms] heraldry, you can still see the good points. Granted, you have to try a heck of a lot harder but, it’s there. Trust me!

So, like pizza, even when you come across what may be bad heraldry, it’s still pretty good.

One Comment

  1. Paula says:

    I agree. In fact, I find heraldry to be remarkable. There are a couple of them that I seem bad, but I still have to agree that those ‘bad’ ones are quite good.

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