• clear depictions of artifact form, workmanship and diagnostic and manufacture elements• no reduction of interpretation due to material color or defects and other distractions• photos can distort size and shape• illustrated images reproduce better than photos• no camera and lighting setup• illustrations add variety, professional appearance, clear depiction of vital artifactual attributes important to researchers
Most of my illustrations are a graphical representation of detailed information much like a map. They are not my "impressions" of the artifacts.
Other illustrations depict an artifact or a scene with some level of creativity. Usually rendered from photographs or textual accounts, an "inspired" illustration eliminates confusing or distracting elements like shadows, blemishes or color. Photographs in reports are often the best way to depict an artifact. But color photographs in reports can be expensive and a black and white copy of a color page immediately loses clarity. These illustrations are perfect for journals, magazines, brochures, newsletters or other popular media. Illustrations also offer variety and interest to the viewers and readers.