I have a confession to make, I can't draw to save my life! Well, I tell a little lie, I can "draw"......stick men or boot-shaped car's, but that's about as far as my skills go.
What's the above statement got to do with the almighty ROC tome you ask? Stop asking impertinent question's, keep reading & you'll find out!
I would love to be able to paint artistically unique designs on shield faces "freehand". But I know it's never going to happen with my meagre skills. So, what's the next best thing I could think of? Find someone else's unique artwork & shamelessly rip it off, that's what!
And here's where Slave's to Darkness comes in;
About a year ago -while flicking through said tome for the umpteenth time- it dawned on me that in the corner of almost every page there is a small round illustration, almost begging to be used for a shield face. So, last month I nicked my wife's phone while she wasn't looking & rigged it up on a jerry-built tripod. I then began the task of photographing every corner of Slaves that had a circular image in it. The whole book isn't filled with them, some of them also repeat a few times & some of them don't look that great either, but there's still quite a lot worth using....over 35!
After that, it was just a simple case of transferring the images to a Word document, resizing it to fit my plastic shields & Bob's your uncle.
|What can you notice in this photo? Apart from my poor framing ability!|
|I spy a round, almost "shield shaped" illustration, hiding in the corner :)|
|After a lot of swearing & cursing trying to |
resize the images, this is what I ended up with.
|Then it was a case of cutting them out.....|
|.....and sticking them onto my shields.|
|Once I've added a lick of paint/ink to him he should look like a million dollars!|
So, what do you think? Not bad for an afternoon's work hey :)
Cheers big ears!