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United States
I study the flags of the world and European heraldry. I also enjoy designing flags of my own. This would make me a minor vexillologist, a vexillographer by hobby, and a 100% vexillophile.

If you have some kind of design in mind, I can probably make a flag out of it.

My current project is the Flags of Touhou, an attempt to create a flag for every character of Touhou Project, which at this point in time would be approximately 130 flags.
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Hello all, I hope your lives are going well!

It's been a while since I've written anything, but since a lot of things have been going on lately in terms of both art and academics, I figured it'd be helpful if I gave a little update. This is mostly relevant to the Flags of Touhou I've been doing, but I suppose the other non-Touhou flags (though few in number, I know!) are also included.

I have removed the textures from my flags, as I think they detract from their focus, the actual design. That being said, I also miss having the textures because they're what made the flags great wallpapers. I'm pretty wishy-washy when it comes to decision making so this isn't surprising. So, I've decided I'll reupload the flags with textures to a separate folder (this may take some time with the work I have). This is actually good for me as now I'll be able to upload all the flags with the same resolution and with the same style of texture and shading. Before, the flags changed as you progressed through the order they were made in. The first flags had a simple single texture and later, had two different textures as well as shadows that made the flag have a kind of 3-D element to them. To be honest, I'm glad I have a chance now to make them all have a uniform style.

Secondly, some flags' designs were changed. Some changes were minor, like color fixes, and some changes were overhauling, like with Tenshi's flag. Some changes I liked, and as for others... well I sort of wish I hadn't done. Sorry Tenshi! I'll be making more changes in the coming weeks, many of which I hope are preferable. I think it's sort of inevitable that I'd want to change things, given how long ago I began the Flags of Touhou. Well, a couple of years is a long time to me at least, must be my young age. Since the beginning I've changed a lot in the way I go about designing flags, and the difference seems pretty noticeable I think. I first made flags by character imagery alone, and simply writing descriptions and symbolism to fit the result. That explains why there are a few flags that have no description and no explanation of symbolism (something I find quite embarrassing!) While I don't like using the word when it comes to art, I now have a "systematic" approach to flag design. Character traits are to be taken into account first, design aesthetics should come second. That isn't of course to say symbolism alone is what "makes" the flag. Both are integral to a well-designed and deep flag, but I think forcing symbolism to fit the result is a case of putting cart before the horse. 

A little side note, but it seems that one of the more notable aspects of the Flags of Touhou are the rather lengthy descriptions I write for them. I'm a bit proud to say now that every flag I make now has a description. As for the descriptions themselves, I believe they seem to be improving over time. I have my high school Honors and AP English classes to thank for that. I literally think I might have stopped making the flags if it weren't for those classes. Do not undervalue what you can gain from the humanities. This is for all you technical oriented and engineering majors out there, like me. Engineering is certainly my calling, but I rather enjoy a good book and poetry writing. Maybe it's this balance that helps me to find both the symbolic and aesthetic beauty in flags.

What with all the university work I have now, I find it a bit difficult to continue this project, but I can't help but keep committing to it. It's just something I love and enjoy so much! I've gotten a few requests to make flags for certain characters, and I don't think I'd feel okay with just dropping this and letting them down. Granted, it will probably take a long time to finish them, but finish them I certainly intend to. I had never intended to make flags for characters beyond those of Ten Desires, and it still surprises me how long this project has gone on for.

At any rate, I hope not to disappoint, and I will continue to try my very best!

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yuki-oto Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Birthday cake  icon:iconbdayfireworks1plz::iconbdayfireworks2plz:PARTY HARD
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JerichoAkemi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
We NEED a Kaguya flag! D:!
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ocono Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Touhou flags you've made are great. I like them.
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Fenve Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
I wanted to ask, how do you do flags? I would really like to start designing, and I have GIMP and Inkscape, but I have no idea where to start and how to continue.
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GreatPaperWolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I break the process into two parts:

1. Designing the flag (on paper)
2. Creating the flag (in Inkscape)

For (1) there is a good TED Talk by Roman Mars that covers flag design here. (2) can be trickier if you haven't used Inkscape before. Watching tutorials helps, but personally I think the only tools really necessary for flags are Align and Distribute, Fill and Stroke, and the path operations (union, difference, etc.) I realize none of those probably make any sense at the moment but you'll get them soon enough with practice. This short tutorial for making the Swedish flag in Inkscape is a good start.
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Blargmarffins Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Wow I just found this while looking at touhou fanart and your flags are really cool! Just wanted to tell you. :3
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AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2015
Greetings, Touhou Flag Person.  :)

I'm going to ask this utterly droll question publicly so that others won't have to: What would a Clownpiece flag look like?  ;)
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GreatPaperWolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Late reply, very sorry! I've tossed around a bunch of ideas for a flag for her but nothing concrete yet. If I ever manage to get back on top of my work I'll see what comes of it.
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Stargatepony Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yo, you taking requests? I've seen your designs and they are absolutely incredible!
I can't even afford a tablet or a scanner. >>
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GreatPaperWolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for such a late reply! I don't take requests right now because the workload I have prevents me from completing things on time, thanks for the interest though.

You don't need a tablet or scanner either! I don't own either of those. Just pencil paper, and programs akin to Inkscape and GIMP are enough.
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