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Finalizing the prep-work for the class I’m teaching at the 2016 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, held this year in Salt Lake City. I feel rushed: I spent so much effort completing the Online PicDic, I now have to scramble to get materials together for the class. Luckily, it’s only an hour, and some uncharitable souls claim I can babble for an hour on any topic off the top of my head.
If you’re interested, and in Salt Lake City this weekend (29 April – 1 May 2016), come say hi. Details available here.
And so to bed.
(Yes, I know. I really need to post more often.)
In terms of progress on the Online Pictorial Dictionary, I’m down to the last four letters of the alphabet. I have high hopes that all the images will be posted and current by May Day 2016. After that comes the e-pub, pdf and paper editions. Not so easy to update, but more useful in the field.
I’ll keep everyone in the loop.
Occasionally, I update the images already posted in the Pictorial Dictionary. Sometimes, it’s because I just wasn’t happy with the older image, and I feel I can do better. Other times, it’s because changes in the College’s artistic standards make it prudent: the older image might not still be acceptable, or perhaps it’s now questionable. In any case, I do not wish anyone using PicDic images to suffer for that choice.
In this case, the lynx-eyed among you may notice a new depiction of the polypus, just posted.
Not quite done with the online version of the Pictorial Dictionary, but the end is in sight. Part of the reason I’m taking so long is, of course, drawing images of all the new charges we’ve accepted since the Nineties; but I’m also redrawing many of the original images. Partly because, in some cases, I never liked the original drawing and I can do it better now; and in some cases, because subsequent rulings have made my drawings, if not unacceptable, still not something I’d advocate folks use.
I have, for instance, just redrawn the compass rose to conform to new documentation and current Wreath rulings. If you have any questions on whether a particular image is old, new, or NEW-new, drop me a line.
That’s Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, for those of you who dislike acronyms. This year it’s in Toronto, last weekend in June, and I will be teaching classes. Two of them, in fact: “Documenting from Period Sources”, where I explain all the uses of those period rolls of arms; and my “Overview of Regional Heraldic Styles”, which I taught in the West Kingdom last year.
The KWHSS website is here, at http://eoforwic.ca/kwhss2015/, and if you’re in the Toronto area, stop in and say hello.
So the Kingdom of the West is holding a small, informal Heraldic Collegium, and I’ll be one of the teachers. I plan to reprise my class on Regional Heraldic Styles — expanded a bit from when I taught it at Collegium Caidis, a couple of years ago — along with a class comparing the Society’s core heraldic style with those available through an Individually Attested Pattern.
The Collegium is on Saturday, 15 Nov 2014, in Walnut Creek, CA. Details are available on the West Kingdom’s website, at http://www.westkingdom.org/as49/nov/heralds-collegium if you’re interested. If you find yourself in the area, feel free to drop in!
My wife and I taught our class on Heraldic Tabard Construction at KWHSS this weekend, and it was fun! Lots of interest in both the slide presentation and the hands-on practicum. As I promised, I have posted the handouts for the class here on the website, under “Miscellany“, but let me also provide them here.
Just so you’ll know, I intend to post the notes from previous years’ classes here as well, as time permits. Watch this space.
I didn’t receive much response to my last post, so I will now announce: I intend to have all the text entries for Pictorial Dictionary 3 entered by the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium. I’ll add the illustrations later, as quickly as I can.
Note that I may always return to an entry and edit it — either the text or the illustration — as I think of improvements.
Also, my previous offer stands: if there’s a charge not yet posted to the PicDic, and you want it to “jump the queue”, I will always give preference to those who support the site. Make a donation, in whatever amount you think appropriate, and let me know in the comments.
Last night I realized that I had inadvertently posted an obsolete entry: both the text and the illustration for the entry “Martlet” had been revised, but the revision wasn’t what was posted. I have since corrected both the text and the illustration. Sorry about that, folks.
Also, as a genuine question, but also to see who’s reading this: would people find it helpful if I were to simply post the texts of the entries, forgoing the illustrations for the moment, if it meant the entire Dictionary were available? I’d go back and add the illustrations, of course, but at least the text would be there. If you’ve an opinion, please share it with me.