It doesn’t take much to go from va-va to blah when working on a design. One misstep that can leave your design lacking is not breaking up the space in a narrow area.
Instead of continuing the scroll across the side of this firearm, Mike wisely chose to break up the space with a small shield. Then, to be even more effective, Dubber added a pop of color to further create interest in this small, narrow space.
Although the shield is similar in scale to the other elements, namely the adjacent scrolls, the color and shape bring in just enough interest to keep the design from becoming boring. Instead, the scrolls and the shield work brilliantly together to create a complete look that is worthy of admiring.