It belongs in a museum! or: my trials in archaeological illustration.

One of the things that I’ve been in to recently has been archaeological illustration. Being the art, history, and art history dork that I am, right now it seems like this is a very happy medium between the three. I’m working with my archaeology prof to make some (hopefully) portfolio pieces in this particular genre of illustration. It’s also a great bridge to scientific illustration. So far, I’m really liking it, though it is really frustrating to start out. I think it really comes down to being a matter of practice and doing enough observational drawing.

Here’s something that I completed a couple weeks ago:

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I named him Alistair, but everyone calls him Larry.

This guy is a 1000+ year old Mayan ceramic. He came from a private donor and was taken out of his archaeological context a long time ago, so I didn’t get any more information about him other than that, other than he was probably a victim of looting 😦 Maybe he will end up in a museum one day, but right now he’s used for research and for students like me! I got to know him very well through staring at him and trying to get a sensitive, accurate rendering. I allowed myself only enough time to work with him for about a week, so I don’t have all the views that I would like, but I did take more reference photos like this one:

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We’re broskis now.

I’m currently working on a project involving arrowheads so I’m going to include some pictures here:

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Progression.

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The arrowheads.

Also here is a picture of my desk!

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Well… That’s my life right now….

I’ve been working on other courses for credit of course, so those images will be up very soon too, but it’s just what I’m working on tonight 😛

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