flints

Picture perfect: a day in the life of an archaeological illustrator

By Hannah Faux, Senior Illustrator (specialising in finds illustration) at MOLA.

Hannah Faux, MOLA illustrator, works on some flint drawings (c) MOLA

Hannah Faux, MOLA illustrator, works on some flint drawings (c) MOLA.

Fridays are always very busy in the Drawing Office at MOLA, so we are starting the day with coffee and biscuits, as is required.

I often work on several projects simultaneously, but today I’ll just be focusing on the one. The finds from this London-based site range from prehistoric to medieval, and include pottery, small finds and flints.

One of Hannah's small finds illustrations (c) MOLA

One of Hannah’s small finds illustrations (c) MOLA

Today I’ll be preparing my pencil drawings for checking by our finds specialists. Those that have already been signed-off can be inked and scanned. We still use traditional pen and ink and combine this with digital methods.  I’m particularly looking forward to inking the flints!

An illustration of a prehistoric flint by MOLA illustrator Hannah Faux (c) MOLA

An illustration of a prehistoric flint by MOLA illustrator Hannah Faux (c) MOLA

We’re very lucky to have such a great variety of lovely objects pass through the Drawing Office here at MOLA and it makes the work most satisfying.