Welcome to DrawShield

Create shields, learn blazonry, study heraldry

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Welcome to the DrawShield Suite of Heraldry Programs and Resources.

On these pages you will find tools to help you understand Heraldry and Blazonry and create heraldic images. Some of the things that you can do on this site are:

Blazonry is a special language, part English, part French, used to precisely describe the colours, shapes and objects that appear on a heraldic shield. There are several places to get help and information about DrawShield and the art of blazonry.

Drawshield User Guide

The User Guide shows you how to use this website as well containing a complete reference to all the terms that DrawShield can understand and a tutorial on the language of Blazonry for those new to Heraldry. The Catalog shows thumbnail images of most of the things that DrawShield supports.

Other Information on Blazonry and Heraldry

If you would like to learn more about Blazonry and Heraldry there are many books available on the subject, almost all of which cover at least the basics of the blazon language. As well as the guide and tutorial mentioned above there is a good on-line Grammar of Blazonry written by Bruce Miller of the Society for Creative Anachronism, most of which can be applied directly to Drawshield.

Looking For Your Family Coat of Arms?

Sorry, this is not a database of coats of arms, try coadb.com. (Disclosure: this author provides consultancy and website support services to coadb.com).

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.

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