Welcome to where the PAST meets PRESENT!
Here you will find illustrations of stone tools and ceramics, drawing tips, and lessons.

You’ll learn how to illustrate an artifact by using a step-by-step technique that will enable you to create a valid drawing, regardless of your artistic ability.

Simple techniques enable you to illustrate artifacts with ease. You can find each lesson under the Blog.

Whether you’re a current archaeologist, interested in learning how to draw realistic images of artifacts, or a student, with a desire to add a new skill to your resume … this website was designed for you.

“Hakuna matata,” no worries, you will be able to create an illustration, by following a few simple steps, even if you say you’re not an artist … I promise!

You’re going to learn how, with pen and ink, to indicate wear zones and worked areas made by human hands – thousands of years ago!

Let’s breathe some life into an old stone tool. …
Ready to Draw?
But first, let’s take a look at some of the art supplies you’ll need, and then we’ll begin with lesson one: Drawing Artifacts to Scale.

Art supply list for illustrating artifacts.

Below is a photo of a pictograph from a Chumash cave in the Simi Hills area of Ventura County, California. I turned it into a digital painting. It took awhile for me to embrace the idea of digital art. However, I have realized there is a place for this kind of medium. cont. below

Chumash Ceremonial Site, Burro Flats – Digital Painting

The computer can be used alone (Push a filter button and see what happens!) or as a tool to mix colors and give you an idea of how the subject will look without wasting loads of paint (which I have done numerous times) before you break out your brushes and canvas. It’s also a great tool for cleaning up your artwork.

Hand-Stamped Art Journal / Notebook

$16.99 + Free Shipping!

Hand-stamped art journal / notebook 8.25″ X 5.5″

Your art journal kit contains 60 blank pages / 30 sheets of quality paper for sketching and note taking; a mechanical pencil (with a good eraser…we know how important good erasers can be); a bookmark with sample drawings, and an original pencil sketch by yours truly.

60 blank pages / 30 sheets of quality paper for sketching and pen & ink.

Take notes and create sketches for your next project. I like to use my journal when meeting prospective clients.

As a visual person, a picture really is worth a thousand words… I can draw thumbnail sketches of artifacts right in front of my client, this way we can both make sure it’s what he/she has envisioned, and even make corrections, before getting started on the actual drawings.  This step saves time and money for both parties.

It’s big enough to make sizable sketches but slim and small enough to take anywhere.
Take notes with your new mechanical pencil, create sketches, practice drawing techniques, and use the bookmark to hold your place!