Welcome to the DrawShield Suite of Heraldry Programs and Resources.
(If you are already a DrawShield user please bear with me as I move the site to a new design and organisation - it may take some time for everything to be put in place.)
On these pages you will find tools to help you understand Heraldry and Blazonry and create heraldic images.
Blazonry is a special language, part English, part French, used to precisely describe the colours, shapes and objects that appear on a heraldic shield. If you are new to blazonry then try out the "Build" page - this lets you put together a shield from component parts and see how the blazon (shield description) is built up, alongside an image of the shield as you add parts to it.
To try creating blazons for yourself go to the "Create" page and type or paste in a blazon directly. This page is the real heart of the site and has the most features - there is an options panel that gives you more control over the appearance of the shield and you can also download your shield in various formats. If you are looking for inspiration then there is also a button to create a random blazon for you.
To see what DrawShield is capable of please take a look at the examples in the Gallery, or to test your skills try to identify the correct blazon from the three displayed on the Quiz page (COMING BACK SOON).
If you need help, or want to find a list of all the heraldic features supported by DrawShield then look at the links on the User Guide pagee. If you are having trouble creating the shield that you want, try the Hints and Tips page.
Enjoy Your Blazoning!
But don't forget, DrawShield is provided for education and information only. The use of heraldic devices is restricted in many countries, independently of copyright. The granting of a Coat of Arms is solely the right of the appropriate Heraldic Authority for your nationality and country of residence!
Requests, Comments and Feedback
Finally, if you would like to help improve DrawShield or have suggestions for new features please go to the Contacts page.