Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art

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Add Your Art to This Book

If you are an armory illustrator, or a "herald painter" as folks would have said in period, and you're willing to share your images with the SCA community, we would welcome your contribution to this collection. You can send us images you’ve already created, or identify something we’re missing and draw something new to share with us.

Illustrations should be drawn with a solid outline, and not filled or excessively shaded, so that they may be easily traced and colored in whichever tinctures a client selects — just as you would draw them for the black-and-white outline version of an SCA heraldic submission.

We're including multiple styles for common charges, representing different regional traditions, varying historical periods, and assorted illustration styles, so if there's already a lion rampant in the collection that doesn't mean you can't send us another.

Formats and Addresses

You can send us your art in whichever way is most convenient to you, and we'll do our best to convert it as necessary.

Illustrations may be uploaded to our web site at

If you have vector files, you can send those in any standard format (PDF, EPS, SVG), or we can accept bitmapped drawings or scanned images (PNG, TIFF, GIF, JPEG) as long as the resolution is sufficient to preserve the details.

Alternately, you can mail paper copies to us for scanning, care of Traceable Heraldic Art, 219 W 106th St #1E, New York, NY 10025.

However you send your art, make sure you include your email address so we can follow up with you, and either your society name or your legal name (or both) so we can give you proper credit.

Licensing & Copyright

Any images you contribute remain yours, but by submitting them you grant us an license to adapt and distribute them for heraldic and artistic use within the Society for Creative Anachronism.

In order to ensure that people who use this collection to create their device or badge can do so with a minimum of complication, we’re only including images which members of the SCA community can combine with other elements to create their own armory, without requesting special permission, paying a fee, or providing attribution every time they paint their device on their shield or display a banner.

Our standard license for contributions is the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license, with an additional grant that no attribution is required for heraldic or artistic use by members of the SCA community. These terms will be used for any art you contribute without specifying another license.

If you want to ensure that your art is not used by a business you can opt for the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license, with the same grant of non-attribution within the SCA community. This indicates that a business may not use your art as part of their logo or signage, and may not sell products that incorporate your design, unless they first contact you to negotiate special permission.

Alternately, if you’re willing to make your art freely available to anyone with no restrictions at all, you may place it in the public domain. We will still credit you as the creator of the image, but then anyone will be able to copy, modify, and redistribute your illustration in any way they’d like.

If you are not comfortable with these license terms, or you have questions about what they mean, please contact us before submitting your images to make sure we understand your requirements.