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Jennie Anderson Archaeological Illustration Archaeological Illustrator specialising in Reconstruction Illustration and Information Graphics
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Jennie Anderson is an archaeological illustrator currently based in Bristol, U.K. and specialises in Reconstruction Illustration, Information Graphics and Finds Illustration. Her background is a combination of formal Fine Art study and subsequent artistic projects (focusing largely on drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and digital artworking) and twelve years working in various roles with

in the Arts and Heritage Sectors, predominantly with historic archaeological and architectural photography at the English Heritage Archive. In 2009, Jennie graduated from Swindon College's Masters programme in Archaeological Illustration, with Distinction awarded, and sees this experience as the perfect blending of her visual artistic abilities and her intellectual involvement with the creation and dissemination of knowledge concerning archaeology and the greater historic environment. Since graduating, Jennie worked continually as a freelance archaeological illustrator and successfully delivered projects for the National Trust, Natural England, the Forest of Bowland AoNB, the Oxford Preservation Trust, the Oxfordshire Museum, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Churches Conservation Trust, as well as illustrations for various publications and online resources. She is currently employed by Wessex Archaeology as part of their multi-talented Studio team.

Leaving Stanton Drew in   last weekend after the   Symposium, I stopped to make a quick sketch of this gorgeous little 1...
27/07/2023

Leaving Stanton Drew in last weekend after the Symposium, I stopped to make a quick sketch of this gorgeous little 18th century building just outside the village. It’s called The Roundhouse, but it’s actually hexagonal, and was once a toll house.

Very honoured to have had my reconstructions of the Great Circle and associated structures at Stanton Drew, Somerset exh...
22/07/2023

Very honoured to have had my reconstructions of the Great Circle and associated structures at Stanton Drew, Somerset exhibited at the Symposium and featured in Dr Susan Greaney’s fascinating presentation ‘Connections and Complexes: Stanton Drew in its wider British and Irish context’.

Celebrating 300 years almost to the day since English Antiquarian William Stukeley first visited and drew the Stanton Dr...
22/07/2023

Celebrating 300 years almost to the day since English Antiquarian William Stukeley first visited and drew the Stanton Drew Stone Circles, at the Symposium in

Went to visit some old friends today. They’re looking well 🙂Stanton Drew Stone Circles and Cove is a wonderful and impor...
21/12/2022

Went to visit some old friends today. They’re looking well 🙂

Stanton Drew Stone Circles and Cove is a wonderful and important prehistoric site in Somerset, England. It’s often overlooked in favour of other (magnificent and internationally significant) prehistoric stone circles in England and beyond, but I was very happy to create a series of illustrations for English Heritage a few years ago to help visitors understand just how amazing this place is.

Have a look at EH’s web page for the site, here:
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stanton-drew-circles-and-cove/?utm_source=Google%20Business&utm_campaign=Local%20Listings&utm_medium=Google%20Business%20Profiles&utm_content=stanton%20drew

Bulstrode Camp, one of a large number of Iron Age hillforts in the Chilterns AoNB. This was created for the Beacons of t...
19/12/2022

Bulstrode Camp, one of a large number of Iron Age hillforts in the Chilterns AoNB. This was created for the Beacons of the Past project.

You can watch the process video showing a Timelapse of the painting being created on Wessex Archaeology’s YouTube channel, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBFewEBTOsc

My digitally-painted reconstruction illustration of the mid/late 4th Century Roman Burgus (fortified enclosure) on Watli...
18/12/2022

My digitally-painted reconstruction illustration of the mid/late 4th Century Roman Burgus (fortified enclosure) on Watling Street at Manduessedum (modern-day Mancetter), North Warwickshire, England.

Ten minute sketch portrait from this evening. Trying to stretch those sketch muscles after being out of action for a whi...
25/11/2022

Ten minute sketch portrait from this evening. Trying to stretch those sketch muscles after being out of action for a while. More of these to come.. but.. do you recognise the face?

I’m extremely proud to have contributed to this film, alongside my amazing colleagues from the Wessex Archaeology Studio...
19/07/2022

I’m extremely proud to have contributed to this film, alongside my amazing colleagues from the Wessex Archaeology Studio team.

Celebrating 35 years of the Stonehenge & Avebury UNESCO World Heritage Site, please enjoy Beyond The Stones.
https://youtu.be/YqTvFw-ggnk

Wessex Archaeology, with support from the Trust, have made their first feature-length documentary called ‘Beyond the Stones’ which celebrates the ...

24/05/2022

How to spot an artist who now draws using digital software, but learned to draw on paper: they erase a large area and still instinctively blow the invisible rubbings off the drawing tablet.

22/05/2022

Amongst my many purchases today at the Archaeology In Wiltshire Conference 2022, this is a belter! Complete with tea stain on the cover 😂 If you know, you know.

29/03/2022

The next instalment of Wessex Archaeology’s ´Painting the Past’ YouTube series is now live! This film features my reconstruction of a midnight riot at a threshing machine factory in the south of England in late 1830.


Full video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnu7xXf81uI

Ten days ago, I was adding watercolour to a sketch of one of Tutankhamun’s treasures from the Cairo Museum, whilst setti...
19/03/2022

Ten days ago, I was adding watercolour to a sketch of one of Tutankhamun’s treasures from the Cairo Museum, whilst setting sail on a yacht on the Red Sea. Possibly my most glamorous post ever! It’s not always this fabulous, honest!

18/03/2022

The S2:E1 of Wessex Archaeology’s YouTube series ‘Painting the Past’ is now live! This episode features my reconstruction of Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, as it was likely to have appeared in the late 1830s.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/0UwSRz3ts64

https://fb.watch/bQtUiNm9lW/

One of six reconstruction illustrations I created for the wonderful Beacons of the Past project.
18/02/2022

One of six reconstruction illustrations I created for the wonderful Beacons of the Past project.

Have you seen our latest reconstruction illustration? 🎨

This is a reconstruction illustration depicting Medmenham Camp, an Iron Age (UK circa 750BC – circa AD43) multivallate hill fort. One of six reconstructions Wessex Archaeology’s Studio Team was commissioned to produce by the Beacons of the Past Project, a four-year project founded by The Chilterns Conservation Board, and part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Medmenham Camp is a slight multivallate (meaning it has multiple defensive ditches and banks) Iron Age hill fort near the modern village of Medmenham in south-west Buckinghamshire, England, situated overlooking the River Thames near Marlow and Henley-on-Thames. It forms part of a series of defended prehistoric sites constructed in the Chiltern Hills between the Late Bronze Age and Late Iron Age.

Wessex Archaeology’s Illustrator and Reconstruction Artist, Jennie Anderson, describes her interpretation of the scene -

‘On a cold winter’s night, snow falls on Medmenham Camp, an Iron Age hill fort occupying a commanding position above the icy River Thames. In the distance at Danesfield Camp, the fiery beacon is alight, and at Medmenham people are hurrying into the entrance gate of the hill fort to take shelter in the warm roundhouses. Perhaps the beacon warns of an impending threat to the population, or perhaps a celebration is happening – either way, the beacon is about to be lit at Medmenham too.’

Image: Reconstruction of Medmenham Camp, copyright Jennie Anderson

🔗Find out more about the project at the link below –

http://ow.ly/aOOz50HYNxX

To see a larger version of this image please visit Wessex Archaeology on Flickr

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The field of Archaeology as a whole will suffer greatly if University courses continue to be underfunded and closed. Ple...
20/05/2021

The field of Archaeology as a whole will suffer greatly if University courses continue to be underfunded and closed. Please consider signing this petition to try to save Archaeology courses at Sheffield University. Thank you.

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-sheffield-save-sheffield-s-archaeology-department?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_28974019_en-GB%3A4&recruiter=148210615&recruited_by_id=cca4e6e0-338a-11e4-b5b8-e14c3dbb8671&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=acb6e69cb14346d191cd72f0e19d09e5

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My website has had a makeover! Feedback welcome :)www.jennieanderson.co.uk
25/02/2021

My website has had a makeover! Feedback welcome :)

www.jennieanderson.co.uk

Jennie Anderson Archaeological Illustration. Reconstruction Artist, Archaeological Illustrator and Designer based in the south-west of England., United Kingdom. I've over a decade of experience of creating illustrations for a wide range of clients, and am always happy to talk with clients about pote

**Edit** This from the Mall Galleries’ Twitter account: ‘Victor passed away peacefully in his sleep and was still drawin...
16/02/2021

**Edit** This from the Mall Galleries’ Twitter account:
‘Victor passed away peacefully in his sleep and was still drawing and painting almost every day until he was admitted to hospital.’

This has just completely winded me.
Victor Ambrus was the reason I sought out my career in archaeological reconstruction illustration. I watched him on Time Team for years; he inspired and awed me with his amazing talent and creativity, and I now count myself very fortunate to work alongside some amazing people that knew him personally.
I never got to meet him, but his incredible work is very close to my heart. I even had the honour of handling and cataloguing some of his original paintings when I worked at the English Heritage Archive. Rest in peace, wonderful Mr. Ambrus.

Just hearing that Victor Ambrus, the brilliant artist who did all the fantastic reconstruction drawings and paintings for Time Team, has died. Don't have any more information at the moment.

Detail from a drawing I started during the Natural History Illustration course recently, a couple of cheeky Humboldt Pen...
28/11/2020

Detail from a drawing I started during the Natural History Illustration course recently, a couple of cheeky Humboldt Penguins I met at a couple of years ago. It’s a work in progress, obviously, but I’m enjoying drawing in graphite again.

17/11/2020

Some of the character reconstructions I've been creating as part of Wessex Archaeology's Studio team are being featured in a new video series on their YouTube channel, expertly edited by my very talented colleague Tom Westhead. https://fb.watch/1PIkBGmsBk/

15/11/2020

I feel like I’m at school again... in a good way! This weekend’s study on the Natural History Illustration course.. basic mammal and bird anatomy.

Hi folks!For the last 6 weeks I’ve been filling up my spare time with study, and it’s been feeling really good to be lea...
13/11/2020

Hi folks!
For the last 6 weeks I’ve been filling up my spare time with study, and it’s been feeling really good to be learning something new again. I’ve been taking part in Newcastle University’s (NSW, Aus) online course in Natural History Illustration through . I’ve been trying to do this course for 3 years!
It feels great to be broadening my horizons and learning (a lot) about plant and animal biology. I’m pretty sure it’s all going to be very useful in the future. Here are some quick snaps from my sketchbook/ workbook from the first 3 weeks of the course. More to come soon!

Through my employment as part of Wessex Archaeology’s Studio team, I’m so happy to have worked on this   of Castle Grove...
16/09/2020

Through my employment as part of Wessex Archaeology’s Studio team, I’m so happy to have worked on this of Castle Grove Camp in the for the magnificent project. Can’t wait to see all the other artists’ amazing work for this project!
Head on over to the BotP project’s page for updates (link in comments)

https://twitter.com/hillfortian/status/1306184228070133760?s=21

“ so I'd like to share a new piece of artwork from we commissioned for Castle Grove Camp (sometimes called Wyfold Camp) in the Oxon . It shows the various stages of construction implied by its irregular segments. ”

I walk. I identify. I collect seeds. I illustrate. I plant. I watch. I learn.The ‘Seek’ nature ID app is teaching me so ...
15/08/2020

I walk. I identify. I collect seeds. I illustrate. I plant. I watch. I learn.
The ‘Seek’ nature ID app is teaching me so much.

Well, it's taken me 11 years to tick this little ambition off my professional 'bucket list'.. but it's been worth the wa...
27/07/2020

Well, it's taken me 11 years to tick this little ambition off my professional 'bucket list'.. but it's been worth the wait! Here's my first book cover illustration, for The Society of Medieval Archaeology's much-awaited monograph 'Eckweek, Peasedown St. John, Somerset [...]', by the wonderful Andrew Young of Avon Archaeology, and published by Routledge. I provided a series of reconstructions of early medieval and medieval structures excavated at the site. Can't wait to spend some time with this book!

https://www.routledge.com/Eckweek-Peasedown-St-John-Somerset-Survey-and-Excavations-at-a-Shrunken/Young-Archaeology/p/book/9780367860318

This volume presents the results of archaeological survey and excavation at Eckweek, Somerset, which yielded one of the most important medieval rural settlement sequences yet excavated from south-west England. At the centre of the narrative is a succession of well-preserved buildings spanning the la...

15/07/2020

Busily building a fresh new website to showcase my portfolio, and this time I'm excited that it will include a blog. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all. You'll be the first to know when it goes live!

Here's something for the colouring-in fans amongst you all! I've been playing with creating patterns and mandalas using ...
10/07/2020

Here's something for the colouring-in fans amongst you all! I've been playing with creating patterns and mandalas using objects associated with archaeology... and here's the first! A fieldwork mandala for Fieldwork Friday! Hopefully you can download it and print it out, it fits on an A4 sheet ... Feel free to share it. I'd love to see your colouring efforts! Enjoy!

07/07/2020

I’ve been doing a lot of online courses and sketchbooking while I’ve been recovering. Getting to grips with different digital drawing apps. My current favourite is ProCreate on the iPadPro. Here’s a super-quick practice sketch of a melanistic red/black fox for your viewing pleasure!

08/04/2020

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I last posted anything, and the world has changed so much in the meantime. I hope you and your loved ones are all healthy and safe.

I seem to have been under the weather since the New Year with one bug after another, and unfortunately, despite being extremely careful and following all the guidelines to the letter, I have now managed to pick up Covid19.

Thankfully it appears to be a mild case, and I am resting up and seem to be fighting it off. It’s not much fun (classic English understatement there!), so please: do stay safe & stay home.

And all being well, you’ll hear from me again soon 🌈

Spent a gorgeous, sunny, chilly afternoon out walking around Stanton Drew Stone Circles and the surrounding area yesterd...
19/01/2020

Spent a gorgeous, sunny, chilly afternoon out walking around Stanton Drew Stone Circles and the surrounding area yesterday, and finally got to see the information panels I created illustrations for a couple of years ago. Great to see them being looked at too (I didn’t set that up! Honest!)

10/10/2019

Hello to all my lovely followers. I haven’t posted for a while, and today seems like a very Good Day to get back in touch, and to touch on the reason why.
Today is and I’m waving my hand in the air... because I have Mental Health issues. There should be NO SHAME in saying that out loud. There is still too much stigma around mental health and wellbeing that often prevents people looking for the help they need.
I’ve been fighting Depression and Anxiety for nearly 20 years and I have certainly had my share of rollercoaster ups and downs, and I’m currently clawing my way back out of a big relapse, one day at a time, with help from my family, friends, medical professionals and colleagues.
One thing at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time. But I couldn’t have done it without support.
So, please.. PLEASE.. if you think you are suffering mental health problems, PLEASE ASK FOR HELP. Go to your doctor, talk to your friends, co-workers or family, reach out to someone.
You do not have to fight this all on your own. You are not alone.

01/10/2019

And now for something completely different! I’m taking part in this year, and today’s prompt word was ‘RING’.

21/07/2019

‪ of the Great Circle at in Somerset, U.K. as it may have looked in c2500BC. Geophysical surveys by showed 11 concentric rings of hundreds of post-holes within the , possibly for uprights.

10/05/2019

A little set of simple character portraits, a family group from circa 1500, based on a real family, the Marsdens, who lived and worked in the area we now call the Forest of Bowland. Created for the Leap in the Park Project, for the Forest of Bowland AoNB.

10/12/2018

UPDATE: The show should be available to view after airing, here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bty0lv

If you’re in the north-west of England, you may see one of my reconstruction illustrations - a medieval Deer Leap - featured in this BBC show, ‘River Walks: The Hodder’ at 7.30pm GMT ON BBC1. This is a regional program, so other areas of the country have different shows about different rivers... but hopefully I can find it on BBC iPlayer sometime as I won’t be able to watch it down here in the south!
Let me know how it goes, folks?! :)

Look out for River Walks on BBC1 at 7.30pm tonight. Stuart Maconie will walk from Dunsop Bridge to Great Mitton taking in various sights along the way including Stonyhurst College and the historic Inn at Whitewell.

12/09/2018

Stuck in bed with a cold, taking the time to clear stuff off my iPadPro, found some old digital sketches for some reconstructions depicting medieval monks creating illuminated manuscripts. This little thumbnail sketch never got developed further, but I still like the look of it. This is a selection of materials and pigments a monk would have used to create illuminations.

25/08/2018

Jennie Anderson Archaeological Illustration's cover photo

09/08/2018

Dear followers! You may have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet lately... Well. There has been a lot of ‘life’ happening in my world, thankfully this time it’s all good things!
I’m very proud to say that I started working for Wessex Archaeology a couple of weeks ago, and am hugely excited to be a part of their amazing Graphics Team. I’ve already expanded my knowledge and skill set through working with them, and I’m excited about what the future holds.
I’m also moving house and going on holiday in the next month, so life is chaotic but good! You’ll still see posts and images from me, but please bear with me while the dust settles around me!

05/06/2018

Illustrations of arable crops known to have been farmed in North Wiltshire by the Late Iron Age. Here we have (top to bottom) Barley, Oats, and Emmer Wheat. I enjoyed making these.

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How to spot an artist who now draws using digital software, but learned to draw on paper: they erase a large area and still instinctively blow the invisible rubbings off the drawing tablet.
Amongst my many purchases today at the Archaeology In Wiltshire Conference 2022, this is a belter! Complete with tea stain on the cover 😂 If you know, you know.
The next instalment of Wessex Archaeology’s ´Painting the Past’ YouTube series is now live! This film features my reconstruction of a midnight riot at a threshing machine factory in the south of England in late 1830.


Full video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnu7xXf81uI
Ten days ago, I was adding watercolour to a sketch of one of Tutankhamun’s treasures from the Cairo Museum, whilst setting sail on a yacht on the Red Sea. Possibly my most glamorous post ever! It’s not always this fabulous, honest!
This is a detail from a ‘cutaway’ reconstruction of a 14th century farmhouse at the Eckweek settlement in Somerset, England. This was quite a tricky one to do and I certainly learned a few tricks making it!
The S2:E1 of Wessex Archaeology’s YouTube series ‘Painting the Past’ is now live! This episode features my reconstruction of Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, as it was likely to have appeared in the late 1830s.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/0UwSRz3ts64

https://fb.watch/bQtUiNm9lW/
One of six reconstruction illustrations I created for the wonderful Beacons of the Past project.
The field of Archaeology as a whole will suffer greatly if University courses continue to be underfunded and closed. Please consider signing this petition to try to save Archaeology courses at Sheffield University. Thank you.

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-sheffield-save-sheffield-s-archaeology-department?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_28974019_en-GB%3A4&recruiter=148210615&recruited_by_id=cca4e6e0-338a-11e4-b5b8-e14c3dbb8671&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=acb6e69cb14346d191cd72f0e19d09e5
My website has had a makeover! Feedback welcome :)

www.jennieanderson.co.uk
**Edit** This from the Mall Galleries’ Twitter account:
‘Victor passed away peacefully in his sleep and was still drawing and painting almost every day until he was admitted to hospital.’

This has just completely winded me.
Victor Ambrus was the reason I sought out my career in archaeological reconstruction illustration. I watched him on Time Team for years; he inspired and awed me with his amazing talent and creativity, and I now count myself very fortunate to work alongside some amazing people that knew him personally.
I never got to meet him, but his incredible work is very close to my heart. I even had the honour of handling and cataloguing some of his original paintings when I worked at the English Heritage Archive. Rest in peace, wonderful Mr. Ambrus.
Detail from a drawing I started during the Natural History Illustration course recently, a couple of cheeky Humboldt Penguins I met at a couple of years ago. It’s a work in progress, obviously, but I’m enjoying drawing in graphite again.