I thought I’d try something new this week in respect of heraldry and decide to have a go at painting a stags head on one of my Footsore Baron’s War knights shields. I wasn’t sure how authentic it would be in an historical sense but I figured it might look quite cool. The thing is I’m not a natural artist, I can’t just do something like a stags head without the need for some very easy reference material to copy from.
My default position is to revert to YouTube and see what I can find. A search under “easy animal drawings” threw up several ideas aimed at five year olds and I settled on a combination of two very short but very good video’s. The first video showed how to draw the head of a Doe, a deer, a female deer (there’s a song in there somewhere) and the second gave me the idea for the antlers. Essentially all I had to do was draw a basic triangle and flesh things out from there. Simples! And as it turned out it did prove pretty simple much to my surprise and on top of that I was pleased with the end result too.
As this was another made up knight I needed to give the little chap a name. My uncles christian name is Edgar and a good friend of mine has the surname Edgar and as I felt it had a certain medieval feel to it I settled on that with the Grun being a germanic play on Green.
Black over white is always a good combination in my book for easier touching up so I went with that colour combination and added a couple of white lines at the bottom of his surcoat to break things up a bit.
lmages of Sir Edgar De Grun below.