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.