As a part of the Canadian Army, I’ve been volunteering my time in helping an affiliated cadet corps. The 19th Alberta Dragoons is an Army Reserve Regiment that was disbanded several decades ago and has been represented by a cadet corps here in Edmonton, for almost as long. Not only does my Regiment, the South Alberta Light Horse, have an interest in keeping this lineage alive, it is also my old cadet corps from… let’s say… a “few” years ago, and when they asked me to help them with their cap-badge, I was pleased to help.
At the time, I didn’t realize how many different attempts were made at making this icon. I researched everything from the origin of the badge and its original drawings to the type of horse that needed to be illustrated. There was a difference in the cap-badges themselves that I noticed, the old badges looked skinnier than the new badges, and the fonts from the drawings didn’t match the official issued graphic. I basically had to rebuild this icon in vectors and select the elements that worked.
Vector based graphics are amazing. I started illustrating with Adobe Illustrator in the late nineties when I was hired to create drawings for a sign language dictionary. I enjoyed the flexibility of the software, especially the undo feature.
Now that this graphic is created in vectors, it can be scaled up, it can be used for print and embroidery, it can even be used in animation. Best of all, it can be archived so it will not be lost again.