Have you ever thought of military heraldry as a form of art? Have you ever had a feeling that these precise and striking images are not fully understood and somewhat underappreciated? Have you ever wondered, what were the origins and history behind military emblems and symbols? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then this blog might be for you.
I have always been interested in heraldry. There is something mysterious and at the same time precise and certain about these compact and informative images. And definitely a lot of history- layers upon layers of it. While working on one of my large projects, called “The Small World”, recreating graphically enhanced historical and modern coats of arms of world countries, I noticed something. Heraldry or certain countries was seriously underrepresented. The coats of arms available in media and retail were of poor quality, with very few products or souvenirs available on the market.
Being ex-military myself, the next logical step for me was to research the situation with military heraldry. The result was even more discouraging. You will not be able to find any of the high-resolution quality military insignia designs for many of the active branches and units of US and Canadian armed forces, not even mentioning the great numbers of deactivated and historical ones . This is how project “Military Insignia” came to life.
The basis of the project is my “Military Insignia” gallery at Zazzle.com. The plan is to recreate the largest collection of high quality military insignia under one roof. At the same time, there will be an opportunity to choose any of my designs, and create a custom product featuring the chosen design. Zazzle is offering variety of custom apparel, framed prints, posters, accessories, gifts, souvenirs, stationary, custom postage and more. Finally, those underrepresented military insignias will become available for the public in a wide variety of forms.
I will be using my unique technique, I call Multi-Layer Enhancement & Texturing Technique (or M-LETT 2.5D; I discuss it in detail in this post), recreating branch insignia, regimental coats of arms, shoulder sleeve insignia, emblems, badges and patches of all branches and majority of units of US and Canadian armed forces. My main tools of the trade will be Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The result will be astonishing realistic images, enhanced with textures of metals, enamels, precious stones, rare woods and ivory, at the same time retaining all the proper colors and attributes of the insignia. Also, all images will be eventually available in a form of large high-resolution framed prints in various sizes of up to 35”X35” .
I will be posting my latest designs on this blog, along with brief descriptions and interesting facts about particular units and their insignia. I would also encourage any feedback, as well as design-specific requests and custom orders. This is indeed a project of a grand magnitude, which will take years to complete. So, my friends, you are all welcome to join me on my journey!