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LGD Sept Oct 2015One of the best things about doing illustrations for Cricket Media’s DIG magazine is the breadth of subject-matter I get to draw.

Over the next year I’m drawing splash-pages for each issue’s Let’s Go Digging! section. The subject of their Sept-Oct issue is excavations at the ancient city of Buthrotum, modern Butrint, in Albania – and the archaeological evidence there (or not there) for the wanderings of Aeneas, the legendary Trojan war-exile and founder of Rome.

It’s been a chance for me to revisit on paper Mediterranean bronze-age: a time-period I haven’t worked on since my time at University (virtually back in the Bronze Age itself, now). But a chance to explore my own take on the white walls of Troy, the Trojan Horse, and even the legendary Aeneas himself. A bit of Peter Connolly-inspired Mycenean architecture there, a dash of Eric Shanower-inspired Hittite arms and armour here… Great fun. Surely this is what being an archaeological illustrator is all about. O Muse! –

Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc’d by fate,
And haughty Juno’s unrelenting hate,
Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan shore.
Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The Latian realm, and built the destin’d town;
His banish’d gods restor’d to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
And the long glories of majestic Rome.

                                                      Virgil (Trans. Dryden)


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