Moving Pictures

In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld they are called “Clickies”, either way, I finally got my first video uploaded to YouTube. It wasn’t an easy process but I have learned a lot from the experience.
My first video is of my Art of the Scribe Collection from 2011-12. I made the video in iMovie and then wrote my own soundtrack to accompany it.

I hope you like it. All the pieces featured in the video are available here on Redbubble, except for the Diptych which was a limited edition item that has now been retired.

You say Celtic, I say Hiberno-Saxon

New Hiberno-Saxon Collection
Most people will call this “Celtic Art”, but more properly the pieces that I do on this theme are Hiberno-Saxon, or Insular Art; meaning the Art of the Island of Britain in the post Roman period.…

This art form combines Celtic and Saxon elements, and it appears on manuscripts, and in metal and stone work in Christian and Pagan contexts. Having taken a study of Old English (sorry no, I don’t mean Shakespeare, that, linguistically, is modern English) as a major in my degree I developed a great fondness for these texts, having read and studied Alfredian Prose, and Poetry. I also learned Hiberno-Saxon calligraphy and have scribed texts such as The Wanderer, Ine’s Laws, and Riddles.

What’s all that mean, you ask? Means I read Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in

Flinders Petrie: Resurrection

If you’ve been watching my progress, you will know a week or so ago, in a fit of naughtiness I posted a graphic design T-shirt appropriating the classic Indiana Jones style for the real archaeologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie.

The notorious shirt

I know a lot of my viewers enjoy the little lessons and information that I usually provide on my historical works so I decided to do this journal even though I don’t normally comment on my graphic work.

Matthew Flinders is a name well known to Australians because of his amazing cartography work here. His grandson who is widely known as Flinders Petrie made a name for himself in the field of Egyptology – which brings us to here and now.

I read about Petrie’s work in my first year Egyptology topic on Predynastic Egypt and was impressed.


Amenemhat III and Artistic Process

So here we are again. Welcome back to my quiet ramblings. The sketchbook is proceeding, and much to my surprise, before the end of 2011 I had enough images to offer a calendar for sale, as I lurch from 1 idea to another, fascinated first by this and then by that, sometimes inspired by my Egyptology Coursework, sometimes not. It’s the way it has always been, really.…

I’ve enjoyed doing my recent portrait work, which goes beyond simply recording to reconstructing. For me, it isn’t enough to just copy a photograph. While that is a great way to learn (don’t get me wrong) I always use such exercises to take my work to the next stage.

Once I know an object inside and out, then I find I want to flesh it out, make it real, put it into a historical context or help it live again in a slightly differ

The Archaeologist's Sketchbook II

Imagining Narmer

Perhaps I should change the title to the Egyptologist’s Sketchbook as this collection will only contain items related to Egyptology and its study.

I am now working on Topic 2 of my first year (Certificate in Egyptology, University of Manchester) and as you can see it deals with the earliest aspects of Ancient Egyptian History.

As part of my course I must participate in Activities uploaded to a forum. I’ve decided to illustrate these posts and put high res versions into the sketchbook, which also contains examples of pieces that simply caught my eye or other things that fascinate me. Maybe they will fascinate you too.

Some work is purely illustrative as I explore ideas and objects in literal detail to learn more about them, others are more creative and contain design and i

Festival of Hathor

For the Festival of Hathor (recorded at Medinet Habu – Rameses III) my Hathor image is now on special until November 10 (That’s one Ancient Egyptian week)

Hathor, Lady of Amentet

The festival is recorded as tasking place in the season of Akhet (Innundation) in Month 4 (November) Day 1.

Hathor is the daughter of Ra, and the consort of Horus. She is patron of miners and workers, goddess of celebration, music, dancing and drunkenness. Hathor is also associated with the blessed West and the celestial cow, whose horns she wears supporting the sun disc. Here she is portrayed with her cult symbols of the sistrum with the face of Bat and a menat necklace.

Bring the blessing of the Lady into your home or send her to someone you care about!

Get in contact with friends both near and far and raise a t

Lust for Light

I’ve had these images kicking around for ages and didn’t know what to do with them. They aren’t in focus, they aren’t of breathtaking landmarks in exotic places, or artistically composed portraits; yet these are some of my favourite images.

So I will upload them into a new portfolio.

These are usually taken at dusk: compose, hold your breath, point, breathe out, shoot. No flash, no tripod. I love the almost – but not quite – abstract vivid scribbles of light and the motion blur in these shots for reasons I find hard to articulate.

View them large to get the full effect, and you will see a lot more than the thumbnail suggests is there.

I have had these printed up at photo shops and they come out beautifully on high gloss paper, and I never get tired of looking at them…

Art of the Scribe

My portfolio on this topic features traditional style works on papyrus. I only scribe text for which I know the meaning. I use brushes, nib pens and hand carved writing implements to create works that are as authentic as possible.…

Finding the right kinds of stylus for this work is an ongoing adventure. I found that a William Mitchell Pedigree Roundhand number 5 gave good results, and over time I worked out how to carve my own writing implements which gave surprisingly good results, although the shellac ink I am using can be tricky at times due to its thickness. I had experimented with more viscous inks but they ran too much into the papyrus (which is naturally prone to bleeding) and did not have the lightfastness or intensity of colour that I wanted. I even tried powdered inks, which is w

The Archaeologist's Sketchbook

In 2011 I went to see the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition in Melbourne Australia. It was a huge treat and I enjoyed it very much. While in Melbourne I also went to see Eugene von Guerard in Nature Revealed, and was struck by the beautiful sketchbooks on display. In the cabinets were the little books on stands and next to each cabinet was an interactive display where you could turn the pages of the scanned version.…

I have always loved artists’ sketchbooks and drawings made by explorers. My dream job would be to be the person drawing the reconstructions of people, places and events for an archaeological team, or recording their discoveries.

In this sketchbook I will be doing drawings of original items and having a go at some reconstruction work as well. So some of

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