The Boar

Posted May 22, 2006 by Evan Tishuk

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Last year I spent mother's day weekend with my mother and sister in Savannah. On one of the many home tours I noticed a fantastic wood carving in the seat of a chair. It was a boar's head heraldric symbol. I wanted to take a photograph of it but the owners of the house would not allow it. So, I stared at it for a few minutes and then drew a sketch back at the hotel. The pencil sketch turned out fairly well, so I scanned it in and turned the whole thing into vector art in Flash. The above is the final product--it's embedded as a Flash file so you may do a right-click zoom-in.

Why am I posting this now? Well, I'm heading back to Savannah this weekend for the first innaugural "Bet Max Olympics" openning ceremonies. For the remainder of the summer myself and my fellow urban tribesmen will compete each weekend in a sporting event. Each event has been chosen by individual competitors and ratified by the group (I chose golf). This weekend will be food, drinks, fireworks, clay pigeon shooting, wild life hunting (photographic) while mounted on kayaks, and lawn-mower polo.

The boar will be my official blazon and seal. I know what you're thinking, "Isn't the boar's head a symbol of hospitality?" Yes. I only found this out recently though and the boar in general symbolizes "Fierce fighter, fights to the death." So I'm just going to have to start sketching out a body for this beast or call it mild irony when I grab the gold medal.

P.S. If any talented artists out there want to do a better paint job on this boar, please let me know.


Bobby ~ May 22, 2006

You need to lose the tongue...makes the fierce beast look too kiddy.

Evan Tishuk ~ May 23, 2006

I disagree. If anything I may make the tongue bigger.

James Mathias ~ May 23, 2006

Very cool, I dig the look and feel of this illustration, it has the wood carving vibe, with a modern digital smoothness.

Very cool.

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