Objects Illustration

Artifacts drawing

Drawing objects in archaeology is not different from drawing pottery (Pottery illustration page). It respects the same conventions.

I really enjoy drawing objects, because it is a combination of scientific drawing (I love accuracy) and artistic skills. I like using shading and dots techniques. I draw with the Sakura Pigma Micron pen 005 or Mangaka 005, because there are waterproof and fade resistant. Japanese pens are perfect for precision work.

How to draw objects in archaeology?

As you can see, the bibliographical references are less visible on internet.

I would recommend these two books available on Amazon:

  • Nick Griffiths, Anne Jenner, Christine Wilson: Drawing archaeological finds: A Handbook, Occasional paper of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Archetype Publications Ltd, 1990. ISBN: 978-1873132005 You can also read it at no cost here: Drawing archaeological finds: A Handbook
  • Steiner Mélanie: Approaches to archaeological illustration: A Handbook, Practical handbooks in archaeology, Council for British Archaeology, 2005. ISBN: 978-1902771496. You can also read it at no cost here: Approaches to archaeological illustration: A Handbook.

I would also recommend this publication in French that helped me a lot, under the direction of Michel Feugère, you can dowload here in pdf :

Youtube provides less videos on the subject than pottery illustration. However, as the one proposed by Mark Hoyle about pottery, have a look on this one: Small finds the pencil drawing 

Cogwheel drawing Larsa

Drawing in a museum

When you are an archaeologist illustrator, you can draw finds from excavation or collections in a museum. In 2018, I had the opportunity of working with the archaeological museum of Bavay located up north close to Belgium. So, I drew 150 pieces from the bronze collection known as “le trésor des bronzes de Bavay” for the next exhibition planned from september 2018 to January 2019. The catalog is available here on Amazon.

The antique forum of Bavay

In 1906, Maurice Hénault discovered the antique forum and an entire bath complex, supplied by an acqueduct. The forum was built between the first and 3th century A.D.. Forgotten for many years, it appeared in 1940 during a German bombing.

Then, Henri Biévelet, archaeologist from 1942 to 1976 was in charge of the excavation. He exposed a cryptoportico and a basilica. Actually, Bavay –Bagacum in antiquity- is the biggest forum known (more than three hectares). So as to have a better idea of the antique forum, I invite you to discover this 3D reconstruction of the Roman Forum of Bagacum edited by Depinxi.

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The bronze collection and AGLAE

Almost 370 objects in bronze were unearthed by the archaeologist Henri Biévelet in 1969, in the northeastern part of the basilic. They raise many questions (Where do they come from? Why they were abandoned?). On this special occasion, the museum has partnered with the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France, so as to learn more about the manufacturing techniques.

The collection under the spotlights

The collection was studied by Benoit Mille, archaeo-metallurgist at the C2RMF. Equipped with the accelerator AGLAE, the examination of the bronzes revealed the presence of precious metal inlay. Also it highlighted the statuettes were colorful originally.

The collection is really beautiful and it was such a pleasure to draw these archaeological artifacts from this famous collection. I really enjoyed working there. 

You want to learn more about artifacts illustration, visit the pages about flints or pottery !

A few examples of my drawings on archaeological projects